Homebuyers return forgotten coins worth $15,000

When an Irmo couple recently sold their house to James and Clarrisa Munford, they were sure they had tied up all the loose ends before the sale. Repairs had been made, the paperwork was all in order, and they had removed their belongings from their dream home in which they had spent the last 32 years . . . or so they thought.

A few days after the sale was finished, the Munfords discovered 50 gold and silver coins the former owners had hidden and forgotten about. Legally, the coins—valued at $15,000—were now the Munfords’ property, and they were well within their rights to quietly sell them and pocket the profits. However, the Munfords chose to contact the sellers and return the coins.

“There is an old saying: ‘You reap what you sow,’” said the astonished seller. “My wife and I spent a great deal of time and effort to ensure that we left our home in excellent condition for the Munfords, and one good deed was certainly returned by another.”

The sellers, who prefers to remain anonymous, said that he and his wife wanted to share this story to bring hope and inspiration to others during these difficult and divisive times.

“Now is a good time to pause and reflect about how we treat each other. If there were more people like the Munfords, this world would be a much better place in which to live,” he said.

James and Clarrisa Munford are the owners of Clarrisa’s Kitchen and Catering, located at 2501 Main Street, Columbia.