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Medieval coin hoard discovered in India

A hoard of 254 copper coins dating back to the 16th century were discovered northern India, officials announced this week. They were found on the site of the Khirki Mosque on outskirts of New Delhi.

Coin hoard discovered in India – photo courtesy Press Information Bureau,
Government of India

The Archaeological Survey of India (Delhi Circle) of Ministry of Culture made the announcement of the discovery. Preliminary analysis of the coins show they date to the reign of Sher Shah Suri (1538-40) and his successors. He was the founder of the Suri Empire, which ruled a large swath of southeast Asia in the mid-16th century.

The coin hoard was found during restoration work at the mosque, which was built in the 14th century. In 2003 a similar hoard of 63 coins was also found at this site.

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