Lanka : 9-10th Century
Gold Type II Pala - Lotus - Adahanda
The anonymous Gold Type II Pala ( 1/4 Kahavanu ) with
Lotus and Adahanda. Codrington Pala Type II(2).
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, full-blown Lotus. To left variety of II(a),
resembling a barbed arrowhead ; to right fire-alter, A beaded circle
along the periphery of the coin.
|Alloy||Cu/Ag = 0.??|
|Weight Std||1.13 gms|
|Codrington 56 ; OMRS-59 ; Mitchiner #82?
Reverse : Nagari Legend Lakshmi under two cresents one within
the other Adahanda (cresent moon) 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 was purchased in a lot in 2015 August
from a collector Lalith Raddella in Colombo, Sri Lanka.