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Indian Coins, Gupta. Kumaragupta I , 415-455 AD, Gold Dinar (8.03 grams; 17.4 mm.), die-axis 12 o'clock. Lion-slayer type.

Obverse: Part of legend around KSHITIPATIRAJITA MAHENDRAH KUMARAGUPTO DIVAMJAYATI in Gupta-Bramhi script, King Kumaragupta the unconqured Mahendra wins the heaven. King standing facing but looking right, wearing a waistcloth with sash flying behind, necklace, diadem and armlets. Holds a bow in left hand and with right hand raised above shrouder, shooting an arrow. In right field a lion falls backwords.

Reverse: SRI MAHENDRAH SINHA in Gupta-Bramhi script, the lion in the person of the illustrius Mahendra. Goddess Lakshmi seated facing on a recumbent lion facing right, wearing lower garments and a shawl, jewellery. Right hand outstretched holding a fillets, left hand holding a stem of a lotus. In left field a royal symbol (tamgha) at top left. Surrounded by a border of dots.



          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.