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).

SPECIFICATIONS
DenominationOne Pala
MetalGold 0.??
AlloyCu/Ag = 0.??
TypeStruck
Diameter12.4 mm
Thickness1.3 mm
Weight Std1.13 gms
Weight1.03 gms
DieAxis-30°
p2_lotus_ada_au_obverse p2_lotus_ada_au_reverse
Codrington 56 ; OMRS-59 ; Mitchiner #82?
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.
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.