GUPT-21 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Gupta. Kumaragupta I , 415-455 AD, Gold Dinar 8.24 g. 18 mm. die-axis 12 o'clock. Peacock type (Kartikeya).

Obverse: Part of legend around JAYATI SVAGUNAIRGUNA SRIMAHENDRA KUMARAH in Gupta-Bramhi script, victorious is Mahendrakumara, by his own merits. King standing left with halo around head, wearing a waistcloth with long sashes at the back, jewellery. Left hand is held down by hip and right hand is holding fruit with which he feeds a peacock in left field, minor deposits.

Reverse: MAHENDRA KUMARAH in Gupta-Bramhi script, King Kumara like supreme God Indra. God Kartikeya with halo around head facing three quarters left, wearing a waistcloth and jewellery. In left hand is held a spear and the right hand is making an offering over an altar in the left field. He is seated on the back of a peacock. The peacock stands on a platform with trail in splendour behind the god, minor deposits.



          The coin is die-identical with the specimens in the collection of the British Museum, London, England. (1221538001)(1221534001)(1613226374). National Museum, New Delhi, India. (51.50/49).

          There are several variations of this type, because of different dies.
A very rare genuine gold coin of the Gupta Imperial mints, solid gold coin not a filled metal electrotypes / reproductions.