GUPT-27 Click on image for enlargement.


Indian Coins, Gupta. Kumaragupta I , 415-455 AD, Gold Dinar (8.2 grams; 17 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 standing facing, head right, wearing a waistcloth with sash flying behind, necklace, armlets and jewellery. Legs wide-spread, holding a bow in left hand, aiming drawn bow at lion which falls back in front of him.

Reverse: SIMHA MAHENDRAH in Gupta-Bramhi script, lion-like Mahendra. Goddess Lakshmi seated on a recumbent lion facing right. Left arm resting on knee and holding lotus stalk with leaves in outstretched right hand. A royal symbol (tamgha) at 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.