|Lot 499. India, Gupta empire. Skandagupta. ruled Ca. A.D. 455-480. AR drachm (12 mm, 2.15 g). King's bust right / Fire altar in centre, with Brahmi legend around: (Parama-bhagavata) Sri Skandagupta Kramaditya. Pieper 874. An attractive specimen with a bold strike. Scarce and choice.
This is the fire altar type of Skandagupta, a numismatic innovation started by him late in his reign, that replaced the normal Garuda symbol on reverse with a Hindu fire altar.
Estimate: US$ 150