Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman handed over confiscated ancient & medieval period Antiquities/ Coins to Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister of State (IC) for Tourism in a ceremony held at North Block today.

Antiquities/ Coins of Ancient and Medieval Period confiscated by Indian Customs

Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Finance Secretary Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CBIC Chairman Shri M. Ajit Kumar, Members of the Board, Senior Officers of Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs, Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India were present on the occasion.

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The 40,282 confiscated coins belong to Sultanate & Mughal era from period 1206 to 1720 AD, Princely states such as Kushana, Yaudheya, Guptas, Pratihar, Cholas, Rajputs, Mughals, Marathas, Kashmir & also British India, French & certain Australian coins from period 1800-1900 AD.

The confiscated items also cover 18 antique seal/stamp/religious emblem to be worn by the person having authority by Ruler to execute the Royal orders and 1 Silver Kamarband (waistband) to be worn by Royal/affluent family women.

The case was booked on 21.06.1994 at Delhi Airport when Customs intercepted two Foreign Nationals who were traveling to Hong Kong and seized a part of these antique coins, copper stamps/seals, silver Kamar band (waistband), and other antiquities from them.

Source: Twitter handle of @nsitharaman (Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister)

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