Gold coins commemorating Papal visit turned in to police

Kelowna - RCMP are looking for the rightful owner of a set of gold coins commemorating the 1984 Papal visit

Leather case containing gold coins commemorating the 1984 Papal visit of Pope John Paul II to Canada.

Leather case containing gold coins commemorating the 1984 Papal visit of Pope John Paul II to Canada.

RCMP

Kelowna – RCMP are looking for the rightful owner of a set of gold coins commemorating the 1984 Papal visit of Pope John Paul II after they were turned in to police.

On December 17, 2014, at 9:56 a.m., the Kelowna RCMP received a report of found property at the Capri Centre Mall located at 1835 Gordon Drive.

A leather case, which contained a letter of authenticity and a collection of gold coins, had been found abandoned behind the mall and was subsequently turned in to mall security.

The coins are limited edition, struck in gold-plated nickel by the Royal Canadian Mint, and were presented by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to mark the pastoral pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II to Canada in September 1984.

Also contained inside the case is a photo of obvious personal significance with an inscription on the back.

The coins themselves appear to be of significant monetary and historical value, and police suspect that they were likely stolen in a break and enter or theft from vehicle.

Efforts to locate the rightful owner have not yet been successful and investigators are seeking public assistance in returning this valuable collection.

If you believe you are the owner of these medallions, please contact the Kelowna RCMP, Cst Coutney, at 250-762-3300 with the necessary information to confirm ownership.