Lanka : 11th Century
Gold Type III Kahavanu - Ball & Annulet
The anonymous gold Type III Kahavanu known as Ball & Annulet
Codrington Kahavanu Type III A.
Obverse : Standing figure Kuvera with head to right. Crown
thick straight line with triangle in rear. In a Dhoti
(garment) indicated by two curved lines on either side and one line in
between longer than legs, standing on a lotus plant stalk with small
circle in centre ending on left in a chank and on right
in Jasmin flower as in hand. In left hand is a ball. The right
arm is extended with hand over a symbol (1b) consisting of a straight
shaft with short cross pieces, ending in four prongs, which are
thick. The head of the symbol is somewhat like the calices of two
half-opened flowers, one being placed above the other. To right A
ball and four annulet with dot in center (Target). A beaded
circle along the periphery of the coin.
|Weight Std.||4.53 gms|
|Codrington 51; OMRS-70; Mitchiner #825
Reverse :A figure Bahirava, head right crown as on obverse
Squatting upon asana, (a bed-like throne) represented by a
short rectangular frame, divided lengthwise by a line and two cross
lines (6 compartments). dhoti represented by bent line
and small line in angle between the legs. The right arm is pendent
over the right knee, which is drawn up; In left hand a chank. In field
to right, Nagari legend in three lines :
A beaded circle along the periphery of coin.
|1 ||2 3 ||4 5||The anusvara over La.
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.