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GOLD AND SILVER.
ships, there is a great variety of money, both as to form and stamp, not only of gold and silver, but also of another
side as a Sultan Ali Aadil Shaha, and of the other, u Zarb LariaDangh Sihkaa, i.e., a Struck at Laria (or rather, ua Laria, as Mr. Thomas suggests)aastamped tangaa, and of date a.h. 1071, i.e., a.d. 1659. Notwithstanding this legend, the probability is that the coins were struck at Bijapur. Mr. Vaux read, on some larins of the British Museum collection, the legend, a Mohammad the prophet of Goda, and the word a Meleka (king). There is no sufficient proof of the currency in India of the larin in the eighteenth century, as Prof. Wilson believes, in reliance upon a Sattara document of 1711, wherein is mention of a Dabul larinsa, as, long before this time, the word had become a mere expression in the territories where Portuguese influence prevailed,
The cut given on p. 232 of a Maldive larin obtained by Mr. Bell (it has
flong since gone out of use) shows that it was identical in shape with the Persian coin (see the cuts in Taver-
O nier, and in the Premier Livre, etc.). The Ceylon A coin, as will be observed from Thunbergas descriy-^ tion, was first doubled flat, and then bent in the shape of a fish-hook, as stated by Knox. To the present day it is known in Ceylon as the a fish-hooka coin. Cuts of it will be found in Davyas Ceylon, Ceylon Larin (fish- P- 245 and in Tennent, i, 463, as well as in the Num. hook). Chron., ubi supra, and in Mr. Rhys Davidsa article
in Numismata Orientalia (part iv, p, 34). The British Museum possesses between twenty and thirty specimens, most of them presented by Mr. Marsden, but, unfortunately, it is not known where any of them were found, and the characters of but few are legible; I am therefore unable to say whether the Ceylon hook-form is common to the larins of other countries.
Although, as stated above, the silver larin is now obsolete at the Maldives, the name has passed to copper coins of the ordinary shape.
These are of two kinds, the bodu lari (big lari) and the kuda lari (little lari)a25 of the former and 100 of the latter going to a rupee. Mr.These are of two kinds, the bodu lari (big lari) and the kuda lari (little lari)a 25 of the former and 100 of the latter going to a rupee. Mr.