GUPT-16 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Gupta. Chandragupta II , 375-414 AD, Gold Dinar (7.82 grams; 21.7 mm.), die-axis 12 o'clock. Lion-slayer type.

Obverse: Part of legend around NARENDRA CHANDRAH PRATHITARANORANE JAYATYAJAYYO BHUVI SINHAVIKRAMAH in Gupta-Bramhi script, the moon among the kings, who is famous for his warfare, who is invincible, and who is valorous like a lion, is victorious on the battle-field. King standing facing, head left, wearing a waistcloth and jewellery. Left hand raised above shrouder and right hand holds bow, is shown as having released the bow string, sash flowing from waist, pointing towards a lion which falls backwards in the left field. A minor test-cut at the right foot.

Reverse: SIMHAVIKRAMAH in Gupta-Bramhi script, valorus like a lion. Goddess Lakshmi with halo around head, seated facing on a recumbent lion facing left, wearing lower garments, shawl and jewellery. Right hand outstretched holding fillet and left hand holds the stem of a lotus. Royal symbol (tamgha) at left. Surrounded by a border of dots. Struck on broad flan. A minor test-cut at the bottom rim.



          The coin is die-identical with the specimens in the collection of the British Museum, London, England, (391050001). American Numismatic Society, New York, U.S.A. (1944.100.56104).

          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.