Experts believe that Patan block of Durg district was an ancient trade centre. More than 200 old silver coins belonging to Mughal era were discovered in Bothli on Tuesday by Archaeologists. Construction workers first spotted the coins when they were erecting a pole. The sarpanch of village was informed and the coins were handed over at collector's office.
Archaeologists state that the coins were found in a copper vessel on the banks of Kharun River. The place is close to ancient Tarighat which was a centre of Chhattisgarh from 2nd and 3rd century BC. Patan region and Tarighat was also a centre of trade in those days. Several stone sculptures, gold and copper coins, ornaments and means of amusement have been discovered form the surrounding areas in the past.
Experts are currently verifying and identifying the coins. They are also trying to find the meaning of the Arabic words inscribed on the coins.