GUPT-07 Click on image for enlargement.
Indian Coins, Gupta. Samudragupta , 335-375 AD, Gold Dinar
7.48 g. 18.25 mm. die-axis 12 o'clock. Asvamedha type.
Obverse: Part of legend around RAJADIRAJAH PRITHIVIMATITVA DIVAMJAYATYAHRITA
VAJIMEDHAH in Gupta-Bramhi script, the King of Kings, performer
of the Vajimedha (Asvamedha) Sacrifice with heaven after protecting the earth.
A beutiful horse standing left, with ribbons and streamers as decoration,
tied to a sacrificial post (yupa) on the left. The letter Si
(short for siddham), standing on the platform. Denon of cloths flying from the top of
the yupa over the horse, minor deposits.
Reverse: ASVAMEDHA PARAKRAMAH in Gupta-Bramhi script,
one who has the power to perform the Asvamedha Sacrifice. The cheif queen (Mahisi) with
halo around head standing left wearing loose robe and jewelly holding fly-whisk over right shrouder
in right hand, left hand hangs by her side; on left is a sacrificial spear bound with fillet,
standing on lotus, minor deposits.
The single character Si is probably short for
Siddham a term meaning "success" frequently employed at start of religion donations
to indicate the completion of work.
There are several variations of this type, because of different dies.
A very rare genuine gold coin of the Gupta Imperial mints, solid gold coin not a filled metal electrotypes / reproductions.