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).

DenominationOne Kahavanu
MetalGold 0.52
AlloyCu/Ag = 0.20
Diameter18.2 mm
Thickness2.1 mm
Weight Std.4.53 gms
Weight4.41 gms
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Codrington 50 ; OMRS-55
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.
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 :
1 2 3 4 5Third aksharaleaning on its side to left.
SriLankaVibhu Vibhu is a title of Vishnu.
A beaded circle along the periphery of coin.

The Kahavanu was scanned at 600dpi and displayed at 300dpi. Coin was purchased in 200? from a dealer in Colombo, Sri Lanka.