Marc Bence/For Metro Edmonton


Det. Bob Walsh holds an antique American five-dollar bill yesterday that was recovered amongst many other paper and coin currency from a raid on a house in the High Park/McQueen neighbourhood on June 6.


Police are hunting for the owner of a rare currency collection after stumbling upon a duffle bag full of antique coins and bills during a raid on a west end home.

The stash of mystery money, some of which is older than Canada, was discovered on June 6 when police executed a search warrant near 149 St. and 109 Ave. in relation to a break-and-enter case they were working.

Det. Bob Walsh said the collection doesn’t belong to the homeowner or the resident, and they don’t match any police records for reported missing property.

“This is the first time I’ve come across something as old as this,” he said. “A lot of this is old stuff and, to a someone, a coin collector, it could be very valuable.”

Strange currency

  • The collection includes a $5 US bill dating back to 1864, a 1917 $2 US bill, and a handful of silver dollars from Canada. There are also a large number of RCMP commemorative silver dollars from the ’70s.