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Ancient gold coins, gold plate, silver anklets found

A total of 117 ancient and priceless gold coins, a small gold plate and two silver anklets were found in an agricultural field in a village in Kadambur block in Sathyamangalam taluk.

Ancient gold coins, gold plate, silver anklets found
Treasure trove unearthed:Ancient gold coins, a gold plate and silver anklets were found in an agricultural field near Sathyamangalam on Wednesday [Credit: The Hindu]
The coins reportedly belong to the period of the Vijayanagara dynasty but this is yet to be confirmed by officials of the Archaeology Department.


A group of workers stumbled on a pot which contained the treasure, when they were harvesting tapioca tuber in a field in Karaliyam, a village located inside the Kadambur forests in Sathyamangalam block, about two weeks ago.

It was said that the workers shared the treasure.

On learning about the incident, Sathyamangalam Tahsildar K. Kannappan along with the police personnel went to the village and took possession of the coins, each weighing about 400 milligrams, silver anklets and gold plate.

The treasure that had been unearthed was later handed over to Collector V.K. Shanmugam on Wednesday evening.

“The coins have pictorial inscriptions on them suggesting that they were minted during the Vijayanagara period. The anklets are small and they may be worn by the children. The coins are to be studied further,” Mr. Shanmugam said.

Officials said the antique coins would be handed over to the Archaeology Department for further study.

Interestingly, a similar treasure pot with a large number of gold coins was unearthed in another village in Kadambur block in July 2010.

A total of 744 coins were found in a pot that was unearthed by a farmer in Kottamalam village.

The coins were later handed over to the district administration.

Source: The Hindu [April 12, 2013]

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