Lanka : 9-10th Century
Gold Type II Pala - Adahanda - Lotus

The anonymous Gold Type II Pala ( 1/4 Kahavanu ) with Adahanda and Lotus. Codrington Pala Type II(2).

SPECIFICATIONS
DenominationOne Pala
MetalGold 0.??
AlloyCu/Ag = 0.??
TypeStruck
Diameter13.3 mm
Thickness mm
Weight Std1.13 gms
Weight1.0 gms
DieAxis
p2_ada_lotus_au_obverse p2_ada_lotus_au_reverse
Codrington 57 ; OMRS-62 ; Mitchiner #827
DenominationOne Pala
MetalGold 0.??
AlloyCu/Ag = 0.??
TypeStruck
Diameter13.3 mm
Thickness1.4 mm
Weight Std1.13 gms
Weight1.20 gms
DieAxis90°
p2_ada_lotus_au_obverse p2_ada_lotus_au_reverse
Codrington 57 ; OMRS-62 ; Mitchiner #827
DenominationOne Pala
MetalGold 0.??
AlloyCu/Ag = 0.??
TypeStruck
Diameter13.1 mm
Thickness1.2 mm
Weight Std1.13 gms
Weight0.98 gms
DieAxis
p2_adah_lotus_au_obverse p2_adah_lotus_au_reverse
Codrington 57 ; OMRS-62 ; Mitchiner #827
Obverse : Standing figure (Kuvera) head to right less perfect. Crown varies considerably : (i) A curved line turning outwards at bottom and ending in a dot. In a Dhoti (garment) indicated by two curved lines on either side but no line between legs; left leg crossed behind right. Right arm pendent; left is bent, and holds in front of the face, two cresents one within the other Adahanda (cresent moon). To left variety of II(a), resembling a barbed arrowhead ; to right fire-alter, A beaded circle along the periphery of the coin.
Reverse : Nagari Legend Lakshmi under full-blown Lotus to left. Arm of k to left. vowel mark not curved over to right of compound letter, but twisted upwards in a flourish. Two dots above and below first letter. All in beaded circle. Finely executed.

The Pala coins were scanned at 600dpi and displayed at 450dpi. The coin-1 was obtained in 2000 September from O. M. R. Sirisena an expert collector in Colombo, Lanka. The coin-2 was purchased in a lot in 2014 from a dealer in Colombo, Sri Lanka.