GUPT-01 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Gupta. Chandragupta I, 319-335 AD, or Samudragupta ?, 335-375 AD. Gold Dinar (7.4 grams; 18.4 mm.), die-axis 12 o'clock. Vishnu type.

Obverse: Part of legend around PARAMA BHAGAVATO MAHARAJA DHIRAJA SRI CHANDRAGUPTAH in Gupta-Bramhi script, the great devotee of Vishnu, the Emperor Chandragupta. King Chandragupta I or Samudragupta ?, with halo around head standing facing, head left, wearing a decorated coat, trousers and conical long hat, ear rings, necklace and armlets, holding standard in left hand and making offering over a fire altar with right hand. In left field is a Garuda standard behind altar. Under left hand, CHANDRA in Gupta-Bramhi script.

Reverse: SRI VIKRAMAH in Gupta-Bramhi script, the valiant king. Nrayana Vishnu with halo around head, seated on couch left, wearing lower garments and shawl, jewellery. Right hand raised, holding a lotus, left hand resting on knee. Goddess Lakshmi seated on couch right wearing earings jewellery. Right hand resting on the edge of the couch, left hand resting on hip. Under the couch is a beaker, above couple is a crescent. Surrounded by a border of dots.



          The coin is die-identical with the specimen in the collection of the National Museum, New Delhi, India. (59.39/28).

          This extremely rare type is genuine gold coin of the Imperial mints, solid gold not a filled metal electrotypes / reproductions.