operated during this period. This does not, however, mean that production
declined. Instead agricultural and craft produgtion, as seen earlier, had shown
a substantial increase.

                       Coins during Samudragupta"s time
Intimately connected with currency was usury. Though it was one of the
recognised professions, wealth acquired thereby did not earn any social
prestige in the Gupta period. However, both Narada and Brihaspati laid down
rules for conduct of this business       and pointed out the legal, moral and