A South Carolina couple found dozens of gold and silver coins worth $25,000 while settling into their new home in Columbia, and quickly returned them, with James and Clarrisa Munford, who are both retired from the Army, saying they never thought of keeping the coins.
Last month, James Munford was checking out the built-in drawers in a closet of the home they closed on in mid-October when he found two cases holding 46 gold Liberty $5 coins and 18 Morgan silver dollars that were made in the 1800s. He texted photos of the coins to the former owner and arranged to return them.
CNN said the former owner, who didn’t want to be named, said he didn’t realize the coins were missing and would never have known if the Munfords had decided to sell them and keep the money. Munford said of the owner, “He just thanked me because he said there’s not too many honest people out there” who would have done that.
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