Centuries-old rare coins discovered

November 10, 2012 - 6:00:08 am

ISLAMABAD: Around 150 two-century old coins have been found during digging for a mosque at Aadowal village in Pakistan’s eastern border city of Gujrat, it was learnt on Thursday.

The village is situated in the outskirts of Gujrat, where a labourer found a small pitcher full of 150 coins during digging for the construction of Usman Ghani Jamia Masjid.

All coins, except one, are dated from 1850 to 1921 and some of them bear the names and pictures of Edward VII and George V who remained the emperors of India from 1901 to 1910 and from 1910 to 1918, respectively.

The coins are made of silver and were found at a depth of four feet. One rectangular coin bears the names of Abu Bakar and Usman Ghani, the caliphs and companions of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), but date can’t be read due to rust.

The mosque administrators, Muhammad Akhtar, Haji Muhammad Rafiq and Chaudhry Asif, have said the discovery is a good omen and may be used for the noble cause.

They said that they wanted to sell the coins to the Archaeology Department to get money for the roof of the mosque.