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Farmer Hoped To Coin It In

A dirt-poor farmer in India struck it rich when he unearthed a valuable haul of coins - but only temporarily.

Local authorities seized the treasure unearthed by Kisan Balki's plough in the village of Kirimiri in India's Maharashtra state.

The coins are suspected of belonging to the ancient Bahamni dynasty that ruled during the 15th century.

Balki, 56, was ploughing his farmland when he struck a metal pot under the ground. He took the pot to his house, suspecting that the coins were made of gold.

However, as he washed the coins, they turned out to be made of copper and he was initially disappointed.

"I only realised they were valuable when police came to seize the coins. Now I am hoping someone does the right thing and pays me a reward," he said.

Local historian and currency expert Ashoksingh Thakur has said that the style and location of the coins suggests they belong to the Bahamni era.

"Hand-minted coins with Persian letters were made during the Bahamani era. The place where the hoard was found was once under the domain of this dynasty," he said.

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