GUPT-11 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Gupta. Chandragupta II , 375-414 AD, Gold Dinar (7.83 grams; 19 mm.), die-axis 12 o'clock. Chattra type.

Obverse: Part of legend around KSHITIMAVAJITYA SUCHARITAIR DIVAM JAYATI VIKRAMADITYA in Gupta-Bramhi script, having conquered the earth, Vikramaditya wins the heaven by his meritorious deeds. King standing facing, head left with halo around head, wearing decorated lower garments and jewellery. Right hand raised making offering over an altar, left hand rests on the hilt of a sword at his waist. In right field a small attendant stands holding a chattra (parasol) with ribbons over king's head.

Reverse: VIKRAMAH DITYA in Gupta-Bramhi script, sun in valour. Goddess Lakshmi with halo around head standing facing, head left on pedestal, wearing lower garments, shawl and jewellery. Right hand outstretched holding fillet and left hand holding stem of lotus. In left field a royal symbol (tamgha). Surrounded by a border of dots. Minor deposits.



          The coin is die-identical with the specimens in the collection of the British Museum, London, England. (AN1221237001).National Museum, New Delhi, India. (51.77/38).

          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.