GUPT-19 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Gupta. Kumaragupta I , 415-455 AD, Gold Dinar (8.29 grams; 18 mm.), die-axis 12 o'clock. Elephant rider-lion slayer type.

Obverse: Part of legend around KSHATARIPUN KUMARAGUPTORAJA TRATA JAYATI RIPUN in Gupta-Bramhi script, Kumaragupta, who has destroyed his enemies and protects kings, is victorius over his foes . King on elephant right with raised trunk, holding dagger in right hand, attendant seated behind holding up umbrella (chattra), elephant trampling lion underfoot in front of it.

Reverse: SINHANITHANTA MAHENDRA GAJAH in Gupta-Bramhi script, the elephant of King Mahendra destroyer of lion. Goddess Lakshmi with halo around head standing right but facing left, holding out right hand feeding a peacock standing at left. Surrounded by a border of dots.



          The coin is die-identical with the specimen in the collection of the National Museum, New Delhi, India. (51.39/43).

          This extremely rare type is genuine gold coin of the Imperial mints, solid gold not a filled metal electrotypes / reproductions.