Antique silver coins dug out

- KAMAL PANTHI, GULARIYA

Dec 27, 2014-

Silver coins dating back to 1880 and with emblems of British Queen Victoria were unearthed while digging the ground for road construction at Sangam Basti in Gulariya on December 22.

Police said 350 coins were found and some others were taken away by local residents. Officials at the District Police Office (DPO) said they were informed about the coins three days later. A police team led by Inspector Shyam Jung Shah reached the site immediately after being informed of the coins.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Deepak Basnet said they have already identified the locals and the coins would be retrieved within a couple of days. So far the police have managed to retrieve only one coin. The site where the coins were found used to be a densely forested land about three decades ago. The area was cleared later used for a settlement. Locals speculated that the descendants of the Yadavs might have hidden the coins underground fearing robbers. As the Gulariya and Rajapur areas had just two police posts in the past, locals often hid their valuables underground in vases due to fear of robbers.

Twenty-six years ago, five kilograms of gold coins were unearthed near the Orahi stream at Suryapatuwa in the district. The coins are still under the protection of police administration. As per the law, the government has a claim on any valuables unearthed. Meanwhile, the DPO has initiated an investigation to find out why the police post in the area failed to inform the authorities concerned in time.

Published: 28-12-2014 10:27

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