INDIA, GUPTAS: Skandagupta silver drachm with bull. Rare and CHOICE.

Ancient Coins - INDIA, GUPTAS: Skandagupta silver drachm with bull. Rare and CHOICE.
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Gupta empire
Skandagupta (ruled c. 455-480 AD)
AR drachm (12.5 mm, 1.44 g)
 
Obverse: King's bust facing right with traces of legend around
Reverse: Bull seated right, with Brahmi legend around: Parama-bhagavata sri Skandagupta Kramaditya
Ref: Michael Mitchiner, Ancient & Classical World, 4881
 
This is the rare bull type of Skandagupta, a numismatic innovation started by him late in his reign, that replaced the normal Garuda symbol on reverse with a Nandi bull.
 
The Gupta emperors were devotees of Vishnu, so this change from a Vaishnavite symbol to a Shaivite symbol probably coincided with the decline of imperial power in Gujarat. The emperor may have found it necessary to shore up local alliances to keep the invading Huns at bay. If the local elites were devotees of Shiva, changing this symbol may have been a small price to pay to cement their loyalty.
 
A pleasing specimen with clear bull and complete legend.
 
Rare and CHOICE.
Price SKU: GU-035
US$ 125.00
  • € 108.98
  • £ 95.92
  • AUD 175.08
  • CHF 124.47
  • CAD 162.89

Rates for: 10/19/18

Ships from: United Kingdom