A copper coin dating back to the British era with images of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman on one side was found in the hundi of the Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy shrine in Bhadrachalam.
The coin in the denomination of Rupees Two Annas Eight (Rs 2/8) was issued by the East India Company in 1762. The temple staff chanced upon the rare coin during the counting of hundi collection on Monday. They handed it over to the Executive Officer Bhadrinathacharyulu.
The EO told The coin was dropped in the hundi by an anonymous devotee. “We are planning to preserve it in the separate enclosure where the rare ornaments such as Kaliki Turai and Pachala Pathakam donated by the saint composer Ramadasu are put up for public display in the temple complex,” he said.