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Gupta (Chandragupta-I)’s King & Queen type gold coin
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

By the beginning of 4th Century A.D., the Gupta rulers emerged as the leading power establishing their sway over a large part of North India by conquests and alliances. Among the early Gupta issue, one of the most significant is Chandragupta-I’s commemorative gold coin of the King and Queen type. It records the important event of the marriage of Chandragupta-I with the Lichchavi Princes Kumāradevi, which probably promoted Gupta aspirations to sovereign status. This coin shows on the obverse the king offering a ring to the queen and on the reverse goddess Durgā seated on a lion.

History of the Object
Coinage began in India around 6th Century BC with the Punch marked series (in silver) and continued to be issued in an unbroken chronological sequence.

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Type
Coins and medals 
Materials
Gold  
Measurements
Diameter: 1.9 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
India 
Geography
India 
Time period
AD 4th century ~ AD 4th century 
Creation date
4th Century A.D. 
Function
Metal Currency  
Acquisition
Maharaja Bharatapur (Rajasthan) gifted this coin to the National Museum, New Delhi. 
Copyright
National Museum, New Delhi 
Acknowledgements
National Museum, New Delhi 
Owner
National Museum, New Delhi 
Museum
National Museum-New Delhi 
Credit line
National Museum, New Delhi 

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