MEERUT: Amit Rai Jain, a businessman and history buff, was exploring the Khekhra region of Baghpat — close to the Delhi-Saharanpur highway — on Sunday, when he chanced upon a discovery that left him breathless with excitement. From a mound, known locally as the ‘Katha mound’ in Khekhra, Jain found 16 coins made of silver and copper, which have a bull and a horseman engraved on them.
Some of the coins, he says, are from the late 12th century AD, which is the era of Rajput king Prithviraj Chauhan’s rule. “I keep frequenting the area, which is rich in archaeological finds. This time, it revealed something considered fascinating in Indian numismatics. The coins which I found belong to a series of Rajput rulers who remained dominant in the region comprising Rajasthan, Haryana, and the western Gangetic plains from the eighth century to 12th century AD,” said Jain, a member of the Culture & History Association — an organisation comprising historians from western Uttar Pradesh.
K K Sharma, head of the department of history, Multanimal Modi College, Modinagar, confirming the coins’ antiquity, said: “This is an interesting find as the area remained with Rajput kings for a couple of centuries. Horse and bull inscriptions on coins were quite common in those days.”




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