Lari (fish hook money)
|Gold Indian Larin|
|Three punches: two with Kannada inscriptions, one with uncertain animal.|
|Circa 12-13th century, from "Walve Hoard"|
Larin (plural: lari) is the name of a class of objects serving as coins in areas around the Arabian Sea. The name is derived from Lar, a Persian town that according to tradition would have been the first to produce lari. A larin was a piece of silver wire of about 10 centimeters long, usually folded in two equal parts and shaped like a C, though there are also lari shaped like a J, an I or an S. Lari were stamped with an Arabic or Persian text, usually the name of the local ruler. The I was most popular among the Arabs and Persians, while the J and S were typical for the island of Ceylon. The latter were known as "koku risi" (silver hook) among the Sinhalese.
A 17th century larin would weigh about 4.75 grams. It was traditionally tariffed at 5.5 lari to the Spanish colonial piece of eight.
- The Silver Larin, by M. K. Husain in "Journal of the Numismatic Society of India", Vol. XXIX, Part II (1967) pages 54–72.