UPSC Mains 2017 GS Paper 1 Model Hints for Civil Service
UPSC Mains 2017 GS Paper 1 Model Hints
1. How do you justify the view that the level of excellence of the Gupta numismatic art is not at all
noticeable in later times?
According to some scholars, the most glorious period of ancient Indian history is the rule of the Gupta
dynasty. They ruled large parts of northern India from early 4th century CE to mid-6th century CE. The
flourishing state of economy can be ascertained from the large number of gold coins circulated by different
The Gupta monarchs were famous for their gold coins. They also issued silver coins. However, coins made
of copper, bronze or any other alloy metals are scarce. The abundance of gold coins from the Gupta era has
led some scholars to regard this phenomenon as the ‘rain of gold’.
The Gupta gold coin is known as dinaras. The gold coins of the Gupta rulers are the extraordinary examples
of artistic excellence. The coins depicted the ruling monarch on the obverse and carried legends with the
figure of a goddess on the reverse.