NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas -- The search is on for the family that may have accidentally donated three pennies that hold a lot of sentimental value.

  • Three old pennies donated during "Fill the Boot" fundraiser
  • Coins include details on signifcant family events
  • NBFD holding coins until contacted by rightful owner

The three coins turned up when the New Braunfels Fire Department was counting donations from last week's Fill the Boot fundraiser. They are wrapped in plastic, stapled in cardboard, and they date back to the 1930s.

On the front, each coin notes a significant family event with dates, names and locations.

"These were definitely marked as important to somebody," said Capt. Matthew Bushnell of the New Braunfels Fire Department. "They had specific dates and times about certain relevance that the coins had to somebody. It obviously wasn't something that should've been dumped into the boot."

Bushnell said the coins were collected by firefighters either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of last week from the area near I-35 and State Highway 46. Firefighters discovered the coins Saturday at NBFD Station 6, which serves that part of the city.

Bushnell said he immediately put the call out on Facebook.

"We tried social media as a way to put that out there and hope that somebody would contact us and be able to identify some of the markings, writings or significant events on the coins," he said. "Then we can get those coins back to that person."

If you recognize the coins, call the New Braunfels Fire Department at 830-221-4200.

NBFD donated the rest of the money raised from Fill the Boot campaign to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of South Texas.

"It's our number-one charitable thing we do. We fill the boot every year," Bushnell said. "The money we raise helps with research for muscular dystrophy. It helps with kids being able to go to summer camps, various things."