NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Nov 22 - A number of coins with immense numismatic value have been found in Lakhimpur�s Dhakuakhana subdivision. The coins were discovered in the paddy field of one Samal Handique of Bagisagaon in Dhakuakhana sub-division of Lakhimpur district on Wednesday afternoon while ploughing the land by a tractor.
According to Samal Handique, his land was tilled by a tractor operator Dulen Chetia of Chetiagaon of Dhakuakhona, who reportedly stumbled upon the coins kept on a terracotta pot along with his assistant. Handique also said that he was unaware of the findings and only came to know about it later on.
It is learnt that the coins have been kept by Dulen Chetia and his assistants Dulen Dihingiya and Kukheswar Chetia, who took the possession of the discovered treasure and refused to show them to Handique.
However today, with the intervention by sub-divisional authorities the coins were returned for archeological custody. The Sub-Divisional Officer, Dhakuakhona, Arinddam Baruah appealed to the people who had discovered the coins to return them to the authorities for their numismatic values and research and accordingly 17 coins were returned.
The photos of the coins indicate the inscription of Ahom King Swargadeo Shiva Singha and Rajeshwar Singha of the mid-eighteenth century. Some of the discovered coins has Persian inscriptions which indicate that they belong to the Mughal period.