Lanka : 980 - 1070
Gold Type II(2) Pala - Adahanda and Lotus
The anonymous Gold Pala ( 1/4 Kahavanu ) with Adahanda and Lotus.
Codrington Type II(2).
Obverse : Standing figure (? of Lakshmi) 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||1.13 gms|
|Codrington 57 ; Mitchiner #827
Reverse : Devanagari Legend Lakshmi under full-blown lotus
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 was scanned at 600dpi and displayed at 500dpi.
The coin was obtained in 2000 September
from O. M. R. Sirisena an expert collector in Colombo, Lanka.
Text edited from
Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
Page 56 Chapter V Mediaeval Ceylon - Kahavanu.