Sharon and Alf Mintha with city staff member Mark Christiansen. (Contributed)

Coin collection found during renovation of Maple Ridge home

City tracked down former owners and re-united them with mementoes

A lucky discovery of a stash of coins, and a pin from a century ago, has allowed them to be reunited with their intended owners, years after the family left their Maple Ridge home.

City carpenter Mark Christiansen was finishing up renovation work on the house earlier this year when he found an old cookie tin wrapped in duct tape, hidden inside a basement ceiling.

Inside, was a collection of coins, some bearing the names of children of the former residents.

City workers did a title search for the previous owners of the home and tracked down Sharon and Alf Mintha.

“We were so excited when we got the call from [city employee] Darrell [Denton],” said Sharon. “Alf put the coins up in the ceiling in the 1990s for safe keeping.”

The couple had put the names of their children on the coins, which were actually gifts from their grandfather.

Sharon and Alf did such a good job hiding the coins, they forgot all about them when they moved out. “The kids were young so we put the coins away for them,” Sharon explained in a city news release.

The family had a get together on Dec. 28 when the children were presented with the coins. “My dad has passed away, so these gifts have even more meaning,” Sharon said.

Included in the collection was a pin given to Sharon’s grandfather by the Canadian government for his service at Vimy Ridge, during the First World War. “It says ‘For Service at the Front.’ He was at Vimy Ridge during all the action.”

“We are very proud to be able to share this story with the community and we thank the Mintha family for allowing us to share this part of their family Christmas,” said chief administrative officer Paul Gill.

Just Posted

Good Reads: A quilt for friends of the Maple Ridge Public Library

Quilt launch on Saturday, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Country Fest brings new talent to the stage in Maple Ridge

Spencer Creek: Live Musical Showcase is at Country Fest on July 29th.

Along the Fraser: The wasp nest had to go

Give a hoot, don’t pollute is my motto.

Maple Ridge wants to limit number of auto wreckers

Staff writing up change to M2 industrial zone

Katzie Slough cleanup gets the go-ahead after last year’s cancellation

Volunteers are wanted to help clean Pitt Meadows’ Katzie Slough.

BC Games: Day 2 comes to an end

Hundreds of medals have been handed out at the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

B.C. mining company, involved in 2014 spill, ordered to pay lost wages

Mount Polley Mining Company must pay wages to 26 employees who were laid off without proper notice

Two significant wildfires burning in southeastern B.C.

More than 20 fires were burning in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Saturday afternoon

Volunteers provide the glue that keeps BC Games moving

The 2018 Cowichan Summer Games had more than 2,300 volunteers on hand across Vancouver Island

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Lodeiro scores twice to help Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick

Fraser Surrey Docks mechanic dies on the job

‘This is a very sad day - a worker went to his job this morning and didn’t go home’

VIDEO: Critter Care opens its doors

Thousands attend open house at Lower Mainland wildlife rehabilitation centre

Race walker breaks 18-year-old BC Games record

Zone 6 athlete Olivia Lundman crossed finish line with ease, to loud cheers in Cowichan

Most Read