GUPT-04 Click on image for enlargement.
Indian Coins, Gupta. Samudragupta , 335-375 AD, Gold Dinar
(7.84 grams; 17 mm.), die-axis 1 o'clock. Lyrist type.
Obverse: Part of legend around MAHARAJA DHIRAJA SRI SAMUDRAGUPTAH in Gupta-Bramhi
script, Samudragupta overlord of Kings. King with halo around head, wearing
a waistcloth, ear rings and necklace, sitting on a stool facing left, with lathe turned legs, playing
string of lyre (veena).
Reverse: SAMUDRAGUPTAH in Gupta-Bramhi script. Goddess Lakshmi with halo around
head and wearing a long robe, jewellery and a cap, seated left on wicker stool, right hand outstretched,
holding a fillet, left hand holds a cornucopiae of flowers and ribbons, a royal symbol (tamgha) in left
field. Surrounded by a border dots. Minor deposits.
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.