GUPT-21 Click on image for enlargement.
Indian Coins, Gupta. Kumaragupta I , 415-455 AD, Gold Dinar
(8.24 grams; 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.
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. 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. (AN75078701). National Museum, New Delhi, India. (51.50/49).
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.