GUPT-17 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Gupta. Chandragupta II , 375-414 AD, Gold Dinar (7.58 grams; 19.2 mm.), die-axis 12 o'clock. Lion-triumpler type.

Obverse: Part of legend around DEVA SRI MAHARAJA DHIRAJA SRICHANDRAGUPTASYA in Gupta-Bramhi script, his Majesty Sri Chandragupta, Great King of Kings. King standing facing, head left, wearing a waistcloth and jewellery, left hand raised above shrouder and right hand holds a bow, pointing towards and shooting an arrow at the lion which falls back with open mouth, the king leg advanced trampling the lion with his right foot, sash flowing from waist.

Reverse: SIMHA VIKRAMA in Gupta-Bramhi script, valorous like a lion. Goddess Lakshmi with halo around head seated on a recumbent lion facing left, wearing lower garments, and a shawl, jewellery. Right hand outstretched in front of her, holding the stem of a lotus, left hand resting on lions haunch. Serrounded by a border of dots.



          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.