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.