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290, Lot: 475. Estimate $200.
Sold for $240. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CEYLON (SRI LANKA). Period of the Chola Invasion. Circa 990-1070. AV Kahavanu (20mm, 4.36 g, 4h). “Lord of Sri Lanka,” king reclining to right, holding aloft an annulet / King standing facing right, holding aloft a globule; altar, flame, conch, pellets, and lotus in fields. Friedberg 1; cf. Mitchiner, Non-Islamic 825 (holding shell on obv., lotus on rev.). VF.

The Ceylonese gold in the name of the “Lord of Sri Lanka” is believed to have been struck starting around 960 and continued through the period of the Chola occupation, with Raja Raja Chola completing the conquest around 1001, and continuing until the expulsion of the Cholas by Vijaya Bahu around 1070. The standard anonymous coinage (see previous lot) has figures of the king holding a sankh shell and lotus respectively on obverse and reverse. These variant types may have been struck at subsidiary mints around the island, or possibly even on the Indian mainland in Tamilnadu.