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Ancient copper coins found in central Kashmir

The Jammu and Kashmir State Archaeology Department has discovered over 800 coins dating back to the 11th, 12th Century in Budgam district.

‘Rare discovery’

Described as a “rare numismatic discovery”, the coins are said to be one of the largest recoveries from the district.

A team, which was supervised by M.S. Zahid, Director, Archives, Archaeology and Museum, recovered the copper coins from a plateau in Nonar village in Khan Sahab on Wednesday.

According to the department, the plateau is rich in archaeological nature and had been under the department’s consideration for a while.

“The coins were exposed during a trial excavation. Archaeologists from the Archives Archaeology and Museums Department are investigating the findings. As per a preliminary report, the coins date back to the 11th and 12th Century when the Yassakara and Lohora dynasties ruled over Kashmir,” said a State Archaeology Department spokesperson.

Undergoing treatment

The coins are now being given chemical treatment at the Shri Pratap Singh Museum in Lal Mandi, Srinagar.

After this, they will be identified and deciphered by departmental expert Peer Mohammad Iqbal.

“Research on these coins will be shared with heritage lovers and archaeologists. It will certainly help fill up gaps in the numismatic collection of our museums,” said the official.

Dr. Zahid said: “The department has made 11 discoveries in the last 13 years. Of these, four pertained to the numismatic field.”

The Shri Pratap Singh Museum houses the largest collection of ancient copper, silver and gold coins, estimated at over 70,000.

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