Q. Consider the following statements regarding Chandra Gupta II:
1.The peak of the territorial expansion of the Gupta Empire was reached during Chandragupta II’s reign.
2.He was the first ruler to issue silver coins.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: C
Notes:

Explanation: According to some legends, Samudragupta was succeeded by his elder son Ramagupta, but Chandragupta II killed him.

It is also believed that during Ramagupta’s tenure, the Gupta Empire was invaded by a powerful Shaka king.

  • The peak of the territorial expansion of the Gupta empire was reached during Chandragupta II’s reign (also known as Chandragupta Vikramaditya), who extended the limits of his empire by conquests and marital alliances with other royal dynasties of the period.
  • He was the first ruler to issue silver coins. He also issued copper coins and is referred to as Chandra on his coins. He also issued gold coins called dinara.

Source: Tamil Nadu NCERT