Over the last two months, thousand of people descended on an abandoned stone quarry in Rajasthan’s Tonk district, looking for historical gold coins, apparently from the 4th and 5th century. This has prompted police to clamp prohibitory orders and mount a round-the-clock vigil to stop the treasure hunt from going on any longer. Himanshu Vyas/HTThe gold coins reportedly found by villagers in a mine, recovered by the police officials at Malpura in Tonk.The coins, the police say, are precious. They have now launched a massive hunt to retrieve the coins. Every day for the past week, loudspeakers mounted on police vehicles have been going round Janakipura and adjoining areas asking villagers to return the coins.Himanshu Vyas/HT SHO Prem Singh NAthawat makes public announcement in villages around the site where reportedly gold coins were found.Himanshyu Vyas/HT A police officials shows the location in Janakipura village where the mine is located.According to the Jaipur branch of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), “Two types of coins (recovered from the site belong) to the times of Samudragupta (335-380AD) and Kumaragupta I (414-485 AD) have been found at Janakipura site.”The ASI team suspects that someone could have possibly buried the treasure near the quarry.Himanshu Vyas/HT The site from which some coins were recovered.Himanshu Vyas/HT On arrival, police found the Janakipura village empty. The residents have been flocking to the mine to find coins.That the coins are invaluable has sent the police into a tizzy. Prem Singh Nathawat, the station house officer of Diggi police station, believes the villagers have taken away nearly 2,000 coins from the quarry.Himanshu Vyas/HT Police officials along with RAC guards petrol the mine from which gold coins were found , at Malpura in Tonk.Five personnel from the Rajasthan Armed Constabulary are now standing guard at the quarry to discourage villagers from further scouring for coins, as police teams raid surrounding villages. In the past week, they have recovered nine coins.Himanshu Vyas/HT Men from the Rajasthan Armed Constabulary stand guard at the quarry. With the administration on alert, locals from 10 nearby villages have decided to lie low. Though littered with discarded food and footwear left by the crowd that melted away, the quarry is quiet for now. But the villagers say the gold rush is not over. It has just been interrupted, many of them said.