Lanka : 11th Century
Gold Type III Kahavanu - Ball & Annulet

The anonymous gold Type III Kahavanu known as Ball & Annulet Codrington Kahavanu Type III A.

DenominationOne Kahavanu
MetalGold 0.49
AlloyCu/Ag 0.25
Diameter19.6 mm
Thickness2.2 mm
Weight Std.4.53 gms
Weight4.36 gms
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Codrington 51; OMRS-70; Mitchiner #825
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.
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 :
1 2 3 4 5The anusvara over La.
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. The coin was purchased in 2014 from a dealer in Colombo, Sri Lanka.