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FM18515

Kumaragupta I, Horseman type, Gold Dinar

Gupta Empire, Kumaragupta I (414-455), Gold Dinar, horseman type, class I, legend around nimbate king riding right on caparisoned horse, rev. ajitamahendrah, the goddess Lakshmi seated left on wicker stool holding flower and feeding grapes to a standing peacock, 8.16g (BMC 205-9). Very fine.

Allan lists a number of, sometimes incomplete, varieties of obverse legend in this series, and they are challenging to read. Nevertheless, the legend here is likely type ß which Allan restores from fragments as ksitipatir ajito vijayi mahendrasinho divam jayati and which he translates as 'The unconquered, victorious lion among Mahendras conquers heaven (being already) lord of the earth".

Allan, J. - Coins of the Gupta Dynasties and of Sasanka King of Gauda: Trustees of the British Museum 1914, and reprint 1967.

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