A team of experts pressed into service

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams has launched an exercise to assess the monetary and the antique value of the nearly 18 tonnes of old Indian and foreign coins which got accumulated in its treasury as hundi collections over the last several years. As part of the programme, a team of coin experts – numismatists have been pressed into service .

TTD Executive Officer L.V. Subramanyam said services of the experts from the Archaeological Survey of India and the State Archaeology have been requisitioned who were expected to complete the task by the month end. The huge stock of coins were being categorised on the basis of the metal used, country and also their size. They comprised copper, bronze and steel and are from countries like US , Malaysia, Singapore, Srilanka, Australia, New Zealand, UK, South Africa, Canada, Nepal, Thailand and from Arab countries as well. The foreign coins alone weighed around 6 tonnes, he said .

Meanwhile the TTD put on display the dazzling diamonds worth over Rs.1 crore which it has recently netted from the Tirumala temple hundi . The diamonds which were found wrapped in a cloth when the temple staff were sorting out the hundi collections recently, were showcased at the TTD's SVETA auditorium here for the benefit of the public.