Sheriff’s coin sale grosses $76,491

Wade McIntyre

Bacala said the department will receive 60 percent of the sale proceeds, the district attorney’s office 20 percent, and the civil court 20 percent. Certain expenses such as advertising will slightly reduce the amount of money the sheriff’s department takes in.

The funds, as required by law, will be spent on narcotics drug enforcement.

“This is the first time we have ever dealt with a seized commodity that was a collector’s item,” Bacala said. “It makes the sale unique.”

Barbier said overseeing the event was a “once in a lifetime” experience for her.

Under her supervision, the collection was on display to three or four people at a time, under guard at the courthouse for four days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One of the buyers offered  a bid of around $18,000 without viewing the collection, and won the award.

“We mailed the collection to him,” Barbier said.