Saturday, January 14, 2017

Gold Rush in Rajasthan

An abandoned stone quarry in Rajasthan’s Tonk district has become the destination of thousands of villagers from far and wide. Locals reported finding 4th and 5th century gold coins, prompting the police to clamp prohibitory orders and mount a round-the-clock vigil at the site.
After two coins were recovered from a jeweller on December 7, the police contacted the Archaeological Survey of India, which sent two archaeologists to determine the value of the coins. Their finding was that the coins were both genuine and priceless. “Two types of coins belonging to the times of Samudragupta (335-380AD) and Kumaragupta I (414-485 AD) have been found."

Police believe the villagers have taken away nearly 2,000 coins from the quarry. Police now stand guard and surrounding villages have been raided, recovering nine coins.