Lanka : 9-10th Century
Gold Type II Kahavanu - Jasmine Bud & Lotus.
The anonymous gold Type II Kahavanu known as Jasmine Bud and Lotus.
Codrington Kahavanu Type II(4).
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 at either end in a full blown lotus. In left
hand is bent, and holds in front of the face, an unopened flower
labeled a Jasmine Bud 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 the coin.
|Alloy||Cu/Ag = 0.20|
|Weight Std.||4.53 gms|
|Codrington 50 ; OMRS-55
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 a full-blown Lotus represented by a circle of dots
with dot in center. 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
Vibhu is a title of Vishnu.
The Kahavanu was scanned at 600dpi and displayed at 300dpi. Coin was
purchased in 200? from a dealer in Colombo, Sri Lanka.