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Indian Coins, Gupta. Kumaragupta I , 415-455 AD, Gold Dinar
8.38 g. 19 mm. die-axis 12 o'clock. Tiger-slayer type.
Obverse: Part of legend around SRI MAHENDRA VYAGHRA BALA PARAKRAMAH in
Gupta-Bramhi script, the glorious king whose strength a valour is like
that of a tiger. King with halo around head facing left, is shown very muscular
and wearing a waistcloth with sash flying behind, necklace, head-dress and armlets. Holding
a bow in right hand and with left hand raised above shrouder shooting a tiger in left
field, minor deposits.
Reverse: KUMARAGUPTO DHIRAJA in Gupta-Bramhi script,
the supreme king Kumaragupta. Goddess Ganga with halo around head standing on the back of
a makara (elephant-head crocodile) facing left wearing lower garments, a shawl and jewellery.
Leaning down, she holds a lotus in left hand and with right hand feed a peacock. In left
field a royal symbol (tamgha) at top left, a border of dots, minor deposits.
The coin is die-identical with the specimen in the collection of the National Museum, New Delhi, India. (51.77/55).
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.