Indian gold coins were first minted in 100 AD during the Kushan Empire. The early gold Indian dynastic coins were adorned with the image of Shiva. In the ancient times, one gold coin in India was equivalent to a full-grown cow. Over the years, countless Indian gold coins found their way to the melting pot and were made into jewelry
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