Kahapana, aka: Kahāpaṇa; 2 Definition(s)


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[Kahapana in Pali glossaries]

kahāpaṇa : (nt.) a coin whose value is about a half-crown.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Kahāpaṇa, (doubtful as regards etym.; the (later) Sk. kārṣāpaṇa looks like an adaptation of a dial. form) 1. A square copper coin M. II, 163; A. I, 250; V, 83 sq.; Vin. II, 294; III, 238; DhsA. 280 (at this passage included under rajataṃ, silver, together with loha-māsaka, dārumāsaka and jatu-māsaka); S. I, 82; A. I, 250; Vin. II, 294; IV, 249; J. I, 478, 483; II, 388; Mhvs 3014. The extant specimens in our museums weigh about 5/6 of a penny, and the purchasing power of a k. in our earliest records seems to have been about a florin.—Frequent numbers as denoting a gift, a remuneration or alms, are 100, 000 (J. II, 96); 18 koṭis (J. I, 92); 1, 000 (J. II, 277, 431; V, 128, 217; PvA. 153, 161); 700 (J. III, 343); 100 (DhA. III, 239); 80 (PvA. 102); 10 or 20 (DhA. IV, 226); 8 (which is considered, socially, almost the lowest sum J. IV, 138; I, 483). A nominal fine of 1 k. (=a farthing) Miln. 193.—ekaṃ k° pi not a single farthing J. I, 2; similarly eka-kahāpaṇen’eva Vism. 312.—Various qualities of a kahāpaṇa are referred to by Bdhgh in similes at Vism. 437 and 515. Black kahāpaṇas are mentioned at DhA. III, 254.—See Rh. Davids, Ancient Measures of Ceylon; Buddh. India, pp. 100—102, fig. 24; Miln. trsl. I. 239.

—gabbha a closet for storing money, a safe DhA. IV, 104; —vassa a shower of money Dh. 186 (=DhA. III, 240). (Page 202)

(Source): Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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