$58,000 in coins found on Christchurch Street

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 12:08 31/05/2012
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Jaime Stephens

BAGS OF MONEY: Painters Jaime Stephens and Tane Stevenson came across the coins while driving on Rossall St, in Merivale, Christchurch.

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Jaime Stephens
DISCOVERY: Two Christchurch painters were shocked to find almost $60,000 worth of coins lying on the road today.

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Two Christchurch painters were shocked to find almost $60,000 worth of coins lying on the road today.

Jaime Stephens and Tane Stevenson came across the coins while driving on Rossall St, in Merivale, about 10.30am.

"My worker said to me, 'stop go back, there's money on the road'," Stephens told The Press.

From a distance the money bags and broken pallet "looked like rubbish", but there was no mistaking what they had found when they got close, she said.

"It was like 'oh my god, there's all this money'."

A packing slip found nearby revealed the total amount on the pallet had been $58,088.

It was believed the pallet may have come from vending machines in Invercargill.

Stephens said they had not been tempted to take any of the money, and quickly reported their discovery to police.

"The thought's always there, but you'd never actually do it. They were really, really happy we were good Samaritans."

"Two little painters finding sixty grand on the ground isn't too bad," she said.

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- The Press

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