GUPT-08 Click on image for enlargement.
Indian Coins, Gupta. Samudragupta , 335-375 AD, Gold Dinar
(7.34 grams; 18.7 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.
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. Surrounded by a border of dots. 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.
The coin is die-identical with the specimen in the collection of the National Museum, New Delhi, India. (51.77/9)
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.