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Coins sell for high amount at sheriff's auction

An auction was held in Thomas County Tuesday for a large coin collection. (Source:WALB) An auction was held in Thomas County Tuesday for a large coin collection. (Source:WALB)
"From time to time we have some cars that have been seized, some miscellaneous things. We're going through the impound lot now to see if there is anything else we need to get rid of," said Jones. (Source:WALB) "From time to time we have some cars that have been seized, some miscellaneous things. We're going through the impound lot now to see if there is anything else we need to get rid of," said Jones. (Source:WALB)
"Some of these coins are pre-dated to civil war, a lot of them pre-date world war two. There's a lot of uncirculated coins in this collection. There's a lot of sets of coins in this collection," said Louis Schofill, drug squad commander. (Source: WALB) "Some of these coins are pre-dated to civil war, a lot of them pre-date world war two. There's a lot of uncirculated coins in this collection. There's a lot of sets of coins in this collection," said Louis Schofill, drug squad commander. (Source: WALB)
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

An auction was held in Thomas County Tuesday for a large coin collection.

Drug agents seized the collection  -years ago during a bust at a Thomas County pharmacy and Tuesday they sold them for $7,000.

For many years the Thomas County - Thomasville Narcotics and Vice Division have stashed away boxes of historic coins.

"Some of these coins are pre-dated to civil war, a lot of them pre-date world war two. There's a lot of uncirculated coins in this collection. There's a lot of sets of coins in this collection," said Louis Schofill, drug squad commander.

A personal coin collection once owned by James Murphy and his Father Wayne Murphy was sold today at an auction and the bidding price was much higher than expected.

"I was expecting $2,000 or maybe $2,500," said Captain Steve Jones, Thomas County Sheriff's Office.

The auction was won at a bid of $7,000 by a Thomasville coin collector.

"Of course he wanted to buy them a little less than that but I had two people that intended on buying that collection and he out bid the other one," said Jones.

The collection was taken from the Murphys during a drug bust 6 years ago. The Murphys were accused of smuggling prescription drugs into the state and repackaging them in Boston Pharmacy bottles.

The true value of the coins is still unknown.

"The actual monetary value is $640, we tried to find out if the coins were worth more than that to try to get some appraisals to try to see an exact value of those coins and we were unsuccessful," said Schofill.

Now Thomasville and Thomas County are taking a look through their inventory to see what items may be sold at the next auction.

"From time to time we have some cars that have been seized, some miscellaneous things. We're going through the impound lot now to see if there is anything else we need to get rid of," said Jones.

The sheriff's office says if they hold another auction soon it is expected to be sometime in September.

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