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Ancient gold coins found in temple toilet

Adam Pike, News Editor
3 Dec 2014, 10:26 a.m.

Construction workers in Southern India have found 43 200 year old gold coins whilst digging a hole for a toilet close to an ancient temple.

According to the Bangalore Mirror the workers who discovered the coins initially hid their find rather than reporting to the authorities. The men later took the coins to a local pawnbroker in the nearby town of Chamarajanagar to establish their value.

The broker told the men the coins where fake and therefore worthless and sent them packing. However, in a turn of events the pawnbroker then phoned the police and told them of the discovery. After further excavation a further 50 gold coins where discovered on the site.

Experts believe the coins date from late 18 century when the southern part of India was ruled of the Kingdom of Mysore. It is unclear whether the workers will face charges for their actions and authorities are still deciding if they will further excavate the site.

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