GUPT-26 Click on image for enlargement.
Indian Coins, Gupta. Kumaragupta I , 415-455 AD, Gold Dinar
(8.14 grams; 18.7 mm.), die-axis 12 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.
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). 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.
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.