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Lot of 10 silver drachms of King Scandagupta (455-480 AD), altar types, Gupta Empire

Lot of 10 silver drachms of King Scandagupta (455-480 AD), altar types, Gupta Empire

Lot of 15 silver coins, all of the following types: Formalized bust of King right, in Kshatrapa style, corrupt Greek inscription around / Parama Bhagavata Maharajadhiraja Sri Skandagupta Kramaditya ("Overlord of Kings, Skandagupta Kramaditya, great devotee of Vishnu") in Brahmi around Garuda (peacock with spread wings). 9-12mm, about 2 grams each. Mitchiner 4867. Same as above, but with an altar on reverse instead of Garuda. 9-12mm, about 2 grams each.

These coins were inspired by the coins of the Western Kshatrapas. The price is for the entire group of coins shown here. The origins of the Guptas are shrouded in obscurity. The Chinese traveller I-tsing provides the first evidence of the Gupta kingdom in Magadha. He came to India in 672 CE and heard of "Maharaja Sri-Gupta" who built a temple for Chinese pilgrims near Mrigasikhavana. I-tsing gives the date for this event merely as "500 years before". This does not match with other sources and hence we can assume that his computation was a mere guess. The most likely date for the reign of Sri-Gupta is c. 240-280 CE His successor Ghatotkacha ruled probably from c. 280-319 CE In contrast to his successor, he is also referred to in inscriptions as "Maharaja" Chandragupta II was succeeded by his son Kumaragupta I. Known as the Mahendraditya, he ruled until 455 CE. It was during his reign that the Buddhagouda is thought to have originated. Towards the end of his reign a tribe in the Narmada valley, the Pushyamitras, rose in power to threaten the empire. His successor Skandagupta defeated this threat, but then was faced with invading Huns from the north-west. The expense of the wars drained the regime and led to its decline.

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