GUPT-22 Click on image for enlargement.

Indian Coins, Gupta. Kumaragupta I , 415-455 AD, Gold Dinar (8.26 grams; 17.8 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 specimen in the collection of the National Museum, New Delhi, India. (51.77/64).

          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.