Bank offers cash for hidden coins

Published 9:57 am Friday, July 6, 2018

Kentucky Bank is spicing up summer fun with its first-ever CoinQuest.

To get patrons out and about exploring local areas, Kentucky Bank encourages people to keep an eye out for Kentucky Bank wooden coins, Amy Sword, graphic designer and marketing coordinator for Kentucky Bank, said.

“We were looking for a fun way to get our fellow Kentuckians outside this summer to explore their communities,” Sword said. “We thought what better way than a scavenger hunt.”

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The CoinQuest began Monday and will run until July 30. Kentucky Bank will place the coins throughout the communities in which it has branches — Cynthiana, Georgetown, Lexington, Morehead, Nicholasville, Paris, Richmond, Sandy Hook, Versailles, Wilmore and Winchester.

Each coin is worth $5, but select few are worth $50. When patrons find a coin, they must bring it to any Kentucky Bank branch in exchange for cash. People can also win a T-shirt if they post a picture to social media of themselves with the coin they found and tag Kentucky Bank.

Sword said anyone could participate. Kentucky Bank will hide about 80 coins in Winchester.

“We are not currently giving any clues, but if we have coins that have not been found at the end of our contest period, we may find we have to give a few hints,” Sword said.

Kentucky Bank will be placing coins in plain sight in places such as parks, libraries, historical sites, community centers, local business and more. Participants must be a legal resident of the U.S. and must be 18 or older to claim a prize.

“We want people to get outside and explore their communities on foot,” Sword said. “Visit that local shop you keep passing by in your car. Get to know your local business owners, your librarians, your neighbors. Experience why we love our Kentucky towns and while you’re at it, keep an eye out for free money. It’s a positive all the way around.

“Our hopes are that people are discovering local businesses they may never have stepped foot in, they are meeting people on the sidewalks, they are getting exercise, and if we can add to that by putting a smile on their face with a little cash and soft T-shirt, it’s a win, win.”

About Lashana Harney

Lashana Harney is a reporter for The Winchester Sun. Her beats include schools and education, business and commerce, Winchester Municipal Utilities and other news. To contact her, email or call 859-759-0015.

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