The Archaeological Survey of India has found a hoard of 254 coins dating back to the medieval period within the precincts of Delhi’s Khirki mosque during an excavation procedure, the Ministry of Culture said in a press release.
The mosque, built by Khan-e-Jahan Junan Shah, the prime minister of Firoz Shah Tughlaq, lies in Khirki village. It is one of seven mosques believed to have been built by Tughlaq. The coins were found at the entrance of the mosque, during a cleaning process.
Some of the coins reportedly belong to the reign of Shershah Suri and his successors.
Tughlaq was a Turk of the Tughlaq Dynasty, who ruled the Sultanate of Delhi from 1351 to 1388. He succeeded his cousin Muhammad bin Tughlaq following the latter's death at Thatta in Sindh, where he had gone in pursuit of Taghi, the ruler of Gujarat. Firoz Shah’s ascent to the throne came under peculiar circumstances. For the first time in Sultanate history, nobody was ready to accept the reins of power. With much difficulty, Firoz was persuaded to accept the responsibility.