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Late issue silver drachm of King Kumaragupta I (414-455 AD), Gupta Empire, Western India - small dumpy type with HOHO inscription on obverse

Late issue silver drachm of King Kumaragupta I (414-455 AD), Gupta Empire, Western India - small dumpy type with HOHO inscription on obverse

Bust of king, right, completely corrupt Greek inscription around / Formalized Garuda standing facing with spread wings. In Brahmi Parama-bhagavata rajahiraja Sri Kumaragupta Mahendraditya ("Absolutely holy King of Kings Lord Kumaragupta Mahendraditya"). The early Gupta drachmas were derived from the earlier coins of Kshatrapas (obverse was practically unchanged, while the mountain on reverse was replaced with the image of Garuda). 11mm, 1.96 grams. Mitchiner ACW 4845ff.

This is the late small thick type, with the obverse inscription taking a form of repeating letters HOHO.

Kumaragupta I (Mahendraditya) was a ruler of the Gupta Empire in 415–455 CE. Like his father and predecessor, Chandragupta II, Kumaragupta was an able ruler. He retained, intact, the vast empire, which extended from Bengal to Kathiawar and from the Himalayas to the Narmada. He issued silver coins in the style of the newly conquered Western Kshatrapas, though the Kshatrapa symbols on the reverse were replaced with the Gupta symbol Garuda.

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