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    Gold coin.(obverse) Chandragupta II, standing facing left with halo surrounding head, wearing decorated lower garments and jewellery. Right hand raised making offering over altar, left hand rests on the hilt of a sword at his waist. In right field a diminutive figure stands holding a chattra (parasol) with ribbons over king's head.
    (reverse) Laksmi standing facing on pedestal, with halo around head, wearing lower garments and jewellery. Right hand outstretching holding fillet and left hand holding stem of lotus. In left field a symbol. Surrounded by border of dots.


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    • 376-415
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  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 7.72 grammes
    • Diameter: 19 millimetres
    • Die-axis: 12 o'clock
  • Inscriptions

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        kṣit[i]mavaj[itya suca]...ja[ya]t[i] vikra...
      • Inscription Translation

        Having conquered the earth, Vikramaditya wins the heaven by his meritorious deeds
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  • Bibliography

    • BMC India (Gupta) 106, p. 36 bibliographic details
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    Coins & Medals

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  • C&M Catalogue number

    • IGp36.106
Gold coin.

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