Very stylized images of Lion / Boar. 8.5mm, 0.38 grams. Unknown mint in the extreme South India or in Sri Lanka. Hans Harrli "Gold Fanams" #1.31.11. SKU X354-52394
These Vira Raya type fanams are found generally in the extreme South India and in Sri Lanka, and they were used in the Travancore Kingdom in south India and by the Kandy Kings in Sri Lanka. However, the exact location of the mint where these were struck is unknown. It is likely that they were struck on the mainland and imported to Sri Lanka through trade. These are relatively heavy issues (weighing on average 0.40 grams, some 10% heavier than normal fanams), perhaps indicating that it is an early issue.