Lanka : 8-9th Century
Gold Type I Ada Kahavanu
ghata (Vase)

The anonymous gold Type I Ada Kahavanu - ghata (Vase), from 8-9th Century Lanka. Codrington Ada Type I B. The crown on the reverse resembles the helmet of the "seated horseman" at Isurumuniya, Anuradhapura.

DenominationOne Kahavanu
MetalGold 0.??
AlloyCu/Ag 0.??
Diameter14.7 mm
Thickness?.0 mm
Weight Std.2.27 gms
Weight2.14 gms
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Codrington 55 ; OMRS-25
Obverse : A Standing figure Kuvera, head to right, with Nose, mouth and eye shown; crown, a semicircular line from top to back of head, ending at the bottom in a thickened line. The right arm is pendent. The left arm is bent with forearm at right angles to body, holds a Full vase (purnaghata) over which a chank. Compare with Kahavanu Type I B(1). Legs bent right, dhoti (garment), indicated by the curved line on either side. No line between the legs. To left outside arm, a standing lamp. To right, a squat fire alter. A beaded circle along the periphery of the coin.
Reverse : In A beaded circle Nagari legend Sri Lamka Beneath to left a quatrefoil, to right, a smaller ka the meaning of which is not clear.

This Ada Kahavanu is the Plate Specimen #55 in Codrington's Ceylon Coins and Currency, and was in the Colombo National Museum Collection. It was stolen on 2012 March 19th and now claimed to have been melted. The Kahavanu photographed at about 2300dpi and displayed at 450dpi. The digital image was obtained from Colombo National Museum.