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Indian Coins, Gupta. Samudragupta , 335-375 AD, Gold Dinar (7.55 grams; 18.1 mm.), die-axis 12 o'clock. Battle-axe type.

Obverse: Part of legend around KRITANTAPASASUH JAJATYAJITARAJAJETAJITAH in Gupta-Bramhi script, wilding the battle-axe, the unconqured conqurer of conquered kings, is victorious. King with halo around head standing facing, head left. Wearing a decorated coat and trousers, cap, necklace and holding a battle-axe in left hand, SAMUDRA in Gupta-Bramhi script, below left arm, right hand resting on hip, in left field a small attendant standing right holds a crescent-topped standard.

Reverse: KRITANTAPASASUH in Gupta-Bramhi script, wilding the battle-axe of Kritanta. Goddess Lakshmi with halo around head seated facing on throne, wearing a loose robe holding a noose in right hand holding a cornucopiae of flowers and ribbons in left hand. Lotus at the goddess's feet, in left field a royal symbol (tamgha). Surrounded by a border of dots. Minor deposits.



          The coin is die-identical with the specimen in the collection of the British Museum, London, England. (1853,0103.9).

          They are many variations in design, this rare type is genuine gold coin of the Imperial mints, solid gold not a filled metal electrotypes / reproductions.