Lanka : 980 - 1070

Gold Type II(2) Aka - Adahanda and Lotus

The anonymous Gold Aka ( 1/8 Kahavanu ) with Adahanda and Lotus. Codrington Type II(2).

SPECIFICATIONS
DenominationOne Aka
AlloyGold
TypeStruck
Diameter10.5 mm
Thickness mm
Weight Std0.56 gms
Weight0.49 gms
ShapeRound
EdgePlain
DieAxis
aka_II.2_au_obverse aka_II.2_au_reverse
Codrington 64 ; Mitchiner #8xx
Obverse : Standing figure 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 two semicircles one within the other Adahanda (half moon) before the face. To left variety of II(a), resembling a barbed arrowhead ; to right fire-alter, A beaded circle along the periphery of the coin.
Reverse : Devanagari Legend Nandaki under full-blown lotus. Two dots above the first letter. All in beaded circle. Finely executed.

The Aka was scanned at 600dpi and displayed at 600dpi. The coin was obtained in 2005 May from a dealer in Colombo, Lanka who had got it on consigment from an old collection.

Text edited from
Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
Page 56 Chapter V Mediaeval Ceylon - Kahavanu.