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

The anonymous Gold Type II Pala ( 1/4 Kahavanu ) known as Double Adahanda. Codrington Pala Type II(4).

DenominationOne Pala
MetalGold 0.??
AlloyCu/Ag = 0.??
Diameter13.1 mm
Thickness1.5 mm
Weight Std1.13 gms
Weight1.03 gms
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Codrington 59 Type ; OMRS Unlisted ;
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 . 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 Adahanda (cresent moon). 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 was scanned at 600dpi and displayed at 450dpi. The coin was obtained in 2014 August from a collector in Colombo, Sri Lanka.