Samudragupta Gold Dinar Listed For INR 5,50,000

13 Jan 2021  Wed

This Lyrist type gold dinar issued by Gupta ruler Samudragupta is listed for INR 5,50,000 in an upcoming auction of Oswal Auction that will be held in Mumbai on 16th January 2021.

The Gupta Empire was one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient period in India. It ruled the northern, central and southern part of India between 350 CE to 550 CE. They are best known for their contribution to arts, architecture, science, religion and philosophy.

King Samudragupta was the son of Chandragupta I and Kumardevi. Samudragupta was a military genius; he added many territories into the Gupta Empire after sitting on the throne of the Gupta Empire. He extended his region from the Himalayas in the north to the Krishna and Godavari Rivers in the south; and from Balkh (Afghanistan) in the west to Brahmaputra River in the east.

This Lyrist type gold dinar was issued by king Samudragupta during his rule in the Gupta Empire. The obverse of this coin depicts ‘ King Nimbate seated left, in lalit?sana posture on a low couch, playing the lyre set on his knees, he is shown bare-chested, wearing a pearl necklace and large earrings, Brahmi legend around’. The reverse of this coin depicts ‘The goddess Lakshmi, nimbate, seated facing left on a wicker stool, holding diadem and cornucopia, Brahmi legend “Samudragupta’.

Image Courtesy: Oswal Antiques

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