PHOTO: Buyer finds $20,600 treasure in new home – but returns it. Source: Getty

When you purchase a home, you usually don’t expect to find anything inside it – let alone a treasure worth thousands of dollars.

But just days after they bought their dream home, South Columbia couple James and Clarrisa Munford stumbled upon a treasure trove of gold and silver coins, valued at a whopping US$15,000 (AU$20,606).

Given the coins were found after the sale of the property, the Munfords were legally allowed to keep the coins, or sell them and cash in.

However, the new owners chose instead to get in touch with the sellers and return the coins.

“There is an old saying: ‘You reap what you sow,’” the seller said.

“My wife and I spent a great deal of time and effort to ensure that we left our home in excellent condition for the Munfords, and one good deed was certainly returned by another.

“Now is a good time to pause and reflect about how we treat each other. If there were more people like the Munfords, this world would be a much better place.”