Lanka : 9-10th Century
Gold Type II Kahavanu - Double Adahanda.
The anonymous gold Type II Kahavanu known as Double Adahanda(crescent
Moon). Codrington Kahavanu Type II(2).
Obverse : Standing figure Kuvera of with oblong head to
right. Crown curved line behind head with small horizontal line below
and a triangle of linked dots behind. In a Dhoti (garment)
indicated by two curved lines on either side, standing on a lotus
plant stalk ending left in Lotus, right in chank. In
left hand is bent, and holds in front of the face, two semicircles one
within the other called Adahanda(cresent moon). The right arm
is extended with hand over a symbol (1a) consisting of a straight
shaft with short cross pieces, ending in four prongs, which are narrow
and curve upward and downward. The elbow is over a similer symbol (2)
but with a plain shank and upside down. To right three annulet with
dot in center (Target). A beaded circle along the periphery of
|Weight Std.||4.53 gms|
|Codrington 49 ; OMRS-50
Reverse :A figure Bahirava, head right crown as on obverse
without horizontal line. Squatting upon asana, (a bed-like
throne) represented by a rectangular frame fairly long, divided
lengthwise by a line and three cross lines (8 compartments).
dhoti represented by lines between the legs, the two ends
at the waist appearing at either side of the body. The right arm
is pendent over the right knee, which is drawn up; the left arm is
bent, and holds two semicircles one within the other called
In field to right, Nagari legend in three lines :
A beaded circle along the periphery of coin.
|1 ||2 3 ||4 5||Third aksharaleaning on its side to left.
Vibhu is a title of Vishnu.
The Kahavanu was scanned at 600dpi and displayed at 300dpi.
The coin was purchased in 2014 from a Dealer in Colombo, Sri Lanka.