Silver tanka of Nitichandra, King of Arakan
Kingdom of Arakan, north-west Burma (Myanmar), 8th century AD
Arakan subject to outside influences
The earliest Burmese coins were silver issues of the Buddhist kingdom of Arakan. Burma had rich resources of silver, which resulted in strong trade links with neighbouring regions. This is reflected in the coinage. The coin denomination is based on the tanka of adjacent Bengal. The design however originates from further afield, in that it directly copies the Pashupati coinage of Nepal of the sixth and seventh century.
(front) depicts a reclining bull, with a Brahmi inscription above,
while the reverse shows a
J. Cribb, B. Cook and I. Carradice, The coin atlas (London and Sydney, Macdonald Illustrated, 1990)
Weight: 7.390 g