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Chattanooga woman searching for grandfather's coin collection, accidentally sold

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A Chattanooga woman says she is desperate to find a family keepsake accidentally sold at a local business. She says, regrettably, she used her grandfather's coin collection as collateral in order to pay for school books.

Rachel Karr is kicking herself for letting go of her grandfather's coin collection. She hopes that the buyer will remember buying the collection about three months ago at a business in the East Brainerd area.

"I would do anything to get those memories back," says Rachel Karr.

Rachel Karr only has happy memories of her beloved grandfather, Henry, known to everyone as Papaw.

"Very silly. He was actually an Icee truck driver for about 30 years. A lot of people knew who he was. He had one eye so a lot of people recognized him," says Karr.

Growing up without a father, Papaw was the most important man in her life.
    
Their favorite pastime was collecting coins which he left for her in a mason jar when he passed away in 2008 at 74 years old.

"I used to go through that coin collection. I would pull it out from under my bed and look at it all the time. I don't have that anymore," she says.

Rachel says she was recently in a tough spot and had to pay for school books.
    
She left the collection with a local family business owner in exchange for a small loan.
 
"Just through some misunderstanding, through some miscommunication, it was sold," says Karr.

She is not naming the business because she is not pointing fingers.

"It was stupid of me to do that. I just thought being in family's hands it would be okay."

She says whoever bought the collection would recognize it. The coins are in a hot pink and black zip-up binder, each coin in a white, labeled holder. The most important coin to her is a 1904 Indian head cent labeled 'Papaw's favorite coin.'
 
"I can't pull that out later and show my kids. It's gone. And it's my fault."

She is desperate to find the coins and is asking for help.

"If you are attached to the coin collection I completely understand. If maybe we could get together. And I could just pick a few out of there that would be amazing. I will pay double what you paid for it. Triple. Whatever I have to do," says Karr.

Karr says if she has to guess, she thinks the value of the collection is anywhere between $200 and $500. But the collection really is priceless to her. 

She gave Channel 3 a number you can reach out to her with any tips. The number is 423-664-6959. 
 

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