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Kahavanu gold coins: type I:
I coins are elegantly executed, the outline of the figures is sinuous, and the
lettering of the legend so fine and clear; the gold is good.
are further characterized by the standing figure on the obverse posing with
the left arm bent and the hand placed on the waist. The
symbols, according to which the varieties are distinguished are on the reverse
has been suggested that these elegantly struck (type I coins), perhaps
comprised a limited issue meant exclusively for royal donations and grants
made to monastic and other establishments under the kings patronage, ended up
being stored as wealth. The majority of them seem to be in a fine state of
preservation, precluding the possibility of their ever having been much in
circulation; they are very rare.
the reverse side of each coin the number of subdivisions on the
treasure-deposit (nidhi-kostha), which is equivalent to its fine gold
content in masaka, affords a ready means of reckoning its gold
Within the type I kalanda
Kahavanu coin, there are two
The 'Sun & Moon' variety:
The most significant feature of
the Sun & Moon type I coin is that on the obverse above L of the standing
figure, a Crescent and on the Reverse, in hand, a Crescent with dot above (Sun
The other type 2 variety is the 'Vase';
there are many variants of the Vase variety.
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