A day labourer from Shajahanpur in Bogra discovered 47 silver coins potentially dating back to the Victorian period buried beneath the grounds of his small hut.
Nurul Islam, a day labourer from Chopinagar of Shajahanpur upazila, found the coins in a clay pitcher while digging around his home.
The police were alerted to the discovery when Islams’s nephew started showing the coins to neighbours.
The engravings on the coins suggest they were issued during the British Raj between 1840 and 1901. “Edward VII,” “Victoria Empress” and “Victoria Queen” engraved into the coins are clear references to King Edward VII and Queen Victoria.
However, the archaeological significance of the coins has not been verified yet.
The “lucky” day labourer is the only breadwinner in his family and locals say that his family has been suffering from abject poverty for years.
Shajahanpur police Sub-Inspector Fazlul Haque questioned Islam at his house several hours after the discovery. Islam initially claimed to have found only eight silver coins and only later confessed to finding 47.
Police confiscated the coins and will produce them before a court on Wednesday to decide next steps.
As per law, the coins will be deposited either in a museum or the Department of Archaeology, police said.
Chopinagar Union Parishad Chaiman Mozaffor Rahman said that the coins could have been hidden by Nurul Islam’s ancestors.