Safe given up for scrap revealed to have $2.5 million in gold and silver coins inside
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, October 31, 2013, 11:01 AM
A staggering $2.5 million worth of gold and silver coins has been discovered in a battered, old safe given up for scrap in Texas. Relatives of a late Houston coin collector gave the giant concrete-lined box to a removal man for disposal.
The man, curious as to what was inside — and with the agreement he would return whatever he found to the deceased's family — took it to Robbie's Key & Lock Shop.
There, store owner David Molick drilled through its 6-inch walls of concrete.
"It was real difficult to get into. It was pretty beat up. Looked like somebody had tried forcing their way into it since the front was beat up," Molick told ABC News.
Finally, some 20 hours of work later, he cracked open the safe and was stunned at what he found.
"There were 50 Krugerrands in one pipe, and brand new, uncirculated silver dollars in ammo boxes," he said.
"All of them were well over half full. The entire safe must've weighed at least 3,000 pounds," he added, revealing the contents could be worth as much as $2.5 million.
Store employee Robert Rivera told KTRK-TV he was stunned to see boxes of genuine gold coins. "We thought it was fake, that it couldn't be real gold," he told the station.
Cops took temporary custody of the coins until Tuesday when the dead man's family and the removal man reached an undisclosed agreement.
Robbie's Key & Lock Shop, Inc.
8146 Long Point Road Houston,
Phone: 713-468-3750 Fax: 713-468-3807
Business Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.