A farmer of Radhanagar under Dharmasala block in Jajpur district found a gold coin while working in his farmland on Wednesday.
Benudhar Nayak, a progressive farmer, suddenly stumbled on the gold coin while ploughing his field. The coin weighs about 6.5 gram and is punched with images on both its sides.
The coin reportedly dates back to the second century with the image of King Huviska during the Kushan era.
“The gold coin which was recovered from Radhanagar has image of King Huviska on one side and another image on the other side. Huviska was a Kushan emperor during second century. As the coin has the image of King Huviska, certainly it belonged to the Kushan era,” said historian Nrusingha Charan Sahoo.
He said that earlier many coins of gold and silver and lots of potteries ware were also discovered from Radhanagar during an excavation by the Odishan Institute of Maritime and South East Asian Studies (OIMSEAS).
Sahoo said the unearthing of several inscriptions and other corroborative evidences clearly prove that Radhanagar was the capital city of Tosali, an ancient city. As the capital, it had a maritime link to South East Asia and other countries, he said.