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).
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.
|Weight Std||0.56 gms|
|Codrington 64 ; Mitchiner #8xx
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.