Couple miraculously finds 14-year-old coin from their honeymoon after Camp Fire destroys their home

Maggie Parker
Ryan Spainhower displays a coin
Ryan Spainhower displays a coin from his honeymoon that he found in the burned ashes of his home in Paradise, Calif., on Nov. 18, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

A couple whose Paradise, Calif., home burned down in the Camp Fire has found their lucky coin, and they’re going viral.

According to a Twitter post about them, their home had been destroyed but they returned hoping to uncover a coin in the ruins. This was not just any nickel or dime. This was a special coin.

The Spainhowers got married and went on their honeymoon in 2004. During their trip they made a souvenir coin to “commemorate their love,” photographer Marcus Yam wrote on his now viral Twitter post. The coin reads: “KIM & RYAN SOULMATES 4EVER.”

Silver coins and other metals are unlikely to burn or melt in a house fire, according to the National Institute of Fire and Safety Training. So, the Spainhowers had some hope. But they were basically searching for a needle in a haystack.

Ryan Spainhower
Ryan Spainhower found his honeymoon coin in the ashes of his home in Paradise, Calif. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

The couple lived in Paradise, a town with a population of 27,000, with their daughter, Chloe. They returned to their home Nov. 18, after the Camp Fire tore through their town, leaving nothing but rubble and ashes. According to Getty, this is the second home they’ve lost to a fire — the first was in the same spot 10 years ago.

After this wildfire scorched through Paradise, destroying 6,453 homes, luck was finally on the Spainhower’s side.

Ryan and Kimberly Spainhower
Ryan and Kimberly cried after finding the coin they had made during their honeymoon in 2004 (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

After some digging, they miraculously discovered the coin they’d kept for 14 years. Photographers captured the moment it was found, and the internet can’t get enough of it: Yam’s post has been shared almost 2,000 times.

We hope the coin brings them some more luck.

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