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Senior officials of Kashmir’s archives, archeology and museum’s department on Monday scrambled to recover looted 600-year-old coins after a construction company stumbled upon a treasure trove in Srinagar’s downtown area last weekend.

A melee broke out on Saturday evening among the labourers and locals in Srinagar’s Shree Bhat area when the National Building Construction Corporation, digging a deep sewage, stumbled upon an earthen pot containing hundreds of coins.  

"People mistook the coins for gold ones and started looting them to make quick bucks. Most labourers and the locals have them now," deputy director archives M S Zahid told the HT.  

The pot full of coins was found just outside the shrine of Ahmad Shah Sirhindi Muchama Sahib at Alamgari Bazar. “There must have been more than 200 coins but only 130 have been recovered by the police from labourers,” said Zahid. Read more.

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