1070, Ceylon, Chola Invasion Period. Scarce Gold Kahavanu (Stater) Coin. 3.53gm!
Mint Period: 980/990-1070 AD Denomination: Gold Stater (Kahavanu) Reference: Friedberg 1, Mitchiner 825, Skanda Collection 222. R! Condition: Reddish deposits (typical gold patination), otherwise about XF! Diameter: 19mm Weight: 3.53gm Material: Gold!
Obverse: King standing facing right, holding aloft a double crescent; altar, flame, and annulets-in-pellets in fields.
Reverse: King reclining to right, holding aloft a rosette. Legend: Sri Lamka Vibhu ("The fortunate Lord of Sri Lanka!!")
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 has figures of the king holding a sankh shell and lotus respectively on obverse and reverse. Variant types (see following lot) may have been struck at subsidiary mints around the island, or possibly even on the Indian mainland in Tamilnadu.
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The Kingdom of Rajaranta is the name given to the kingdom that ruled the Sri Lanka from northern part of Sri Lanka from approximately the 5th Century BCE to the early 13th Century CE. It was centered around the ancient cities of Tambapanni, Upatissa Nuwara,Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa. Rajarata was under direct administration of the King, other areas (Malaya rata,Ruhunu rata) were ruled by brothers of King called by “Mapa” and “Epa”.
The geographical designation Rajarata (Raja = king, rata = country, or preferably area, thus the area of King) is the name given to the region of Sri Lanka from which these monarchs ruled.