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Offline yperera1135

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South Indian Coin-Identify
« on: January 20, 2021, 02:35:51 AM »
Hi:
I may have posted this yesterday but my pictures failed to upload. Here's the description again...
This is a South Indian coin (not a Ceylon type copper massa from Sri Lanka). Weighs 3g and 0.6" diameter.
Obv: Standing King holding an object (ball?) On either side are fish; crescent above the right fish.
Rev: Tamil script (does not match with Sundarapandyan)
the fish emblem is Pandyan but I cannot read the Tamil script to know who the ruler is. If anyone can decipher the script that would be a great help. A reference to a catalog would be a bonus.
Thanks very much!

Offline Figleaf

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Re: South Indian Coin-Identify
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2021, 04:08:41 PM »
Second picture (standing king) is upside down. First (deity sitting on lotus) probably needs to be rotated also.

For sure: Medieval Sri Lankan copper masa
Probably: Polonnaruva or Dambadeniya period (1153-1397)

Catalog: here.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

Offline yperera1135

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Re: South Indian Coin-Identify
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2021, 06:27:00 PM »
Thanks Peter. Sri Lankan massa was ruled out. To the right of standing king should have 5 spheres; this lacks them. reverse in massa should have a seated king with devanagiri script on the right. This has a script (Tamil?) instead, no figure..Also, this is much smaller with only 0.6" diameter.
I am suspecting this could  be Jatavarman Sundrapandyan III (unlisted)??
Any thoughts?
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Offline Figleaf

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Re: South Indian Coin-Identify
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2021, 11:35:17 AM »
I am certainly no expert on these coins. I suggest that you contact our member Lakdiva, who is. He is also quite ready to share his knowledge, so a personal message (PM) would help.

Peter
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Re: South Indian Coin-Identify
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2021, 03:14:43 PM »
Yes, I contacted him another expert in Sri Lanka via their personal emails when I first came across this coin 3 weeks ago. They have not responded. So, I am assuming they are not familiar with it. For now I will classify it as unidentified and keep searching. thanks!