GUPT-26 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Gupta. Kumaragupta I , 415-455 AD, Gold Dinar 8.14 g. 18.7 mm. die-axis 11 o'clock. Lion-slayer type.

Obverse: Part of legend around KSHITIPATIRAJITA MAHENDRAH KUMARAGUPTO DIVAMJAYATI in Gupta-Bramhi script, Kumaragupta unconquered, Mahendra being the lord of the earth, wins heaven. King with halo around head, standing facing, head right, wearing a waistcloth with sash flying behind, jewellery. Holds a bow in left hand and with right hand raised above shrounder. In right field a lion falls backwords, minor deposits.

Reverse: SRI MAHENDRAH SIMHA in Gupta-Bramhi script, lion-like Mahendra. Goddess Lakshmi seated facing on a recumbent lion facing right, wearing lower garments and shawl, jewellery. Right hand outstretched holding a fillet, left hand holding a bunch of flowers. In left field a royal symbol (tamgha), minor deposits.



          The coin is die-identical with the specimen in the collection of the National Museum, New Delhi, India.

          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.