Lanka : 980 - 1070

Gold Type III(2)(i) Aka - Jasmine flower and Chank

The anonymous gold Type III(2)(i) Aka ( 1/8 Kahavanu ) known as Jasmine flower and Chank with legend Uraka.

SPECIFICATIONS
DenominationOne Aka
AlloyGold
TypeStruck
Diameter10.0 mm
Thickness mm
Weight Std.0.56 gms
Weight0.55 gms
ShapeRound
EdgePlain
DieAxis
aka_III.2.i_au_obverse aka_III.2.i_au_reverse
Codrington 67 ; Mitchiner #829
Obverse : Standing figure head imperfect to right. Crown, two parallel lines with dot in rear. In a dhoti (garment) indicated by two curved lines on either side but no line between legs; Right arm pendent; left is bent, and holds Jasmine flower as on kahavanu IIIB. No symbol to left; to right fire-alter. A beaded circle along the periphery of the coin.
Reverse : In bead circle chank over Devanagari Legend which reads Uraka.

The coins of type III(2) are not uncommon, and probably were current for several centuries.

The aka was scanned at 600dpi and displayed at 600dpi. The coin was purchased on ebay in 1998 December from a collector who had purchased on a ebay Auction by Anthony's of New Jersey.
I would not bid on it now with my knowledge gained about these coins, since those early days when the LakdivaCoin collection was just begining.
See more reliable example of same coin.

Text edited from
Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
Page 62 Chapter V Mediaeval Ceylon - Kahavanu.