As many as 382 silver coins pertaining to the Nizam's era, with markings of the historic Charminar, were found on Wednesday morning in Koratikal, 25 km from here, in Munugodu mandal. As the news spread, residents of the adjoining areas came in hordes, even as police and revenue officials got busy overseeing the digging.
The coins, stored in earthen pots, were unearthed as Pelam Lakshamamma commenced work to lay the foundation stone for a dwelling under the Indira Housing Scheme. Initially 74 coins were found. As a poclain operator began work more coins were found. Soon Munugodu police SI Srinivas and Tahsildar A. Pramodini, accompanied by the other revenue staff, came to the spot.
The coins are said to have been buried several decades ago for safety by wealthy persons of the area. Revenue Inspector Javed told The Hindu that the coins were being handed over to district Collector S A.M. Rizvi.
They would be passed on the Department of Archaeology for assessment. They are likely to be kept on display in the department museum.
382 silver coins found while taking up works to lay foundation for house in Munugodu mandal