With the economy in decline, the list of foreclosed properties up for Northampton County sheriff's sale this month was long, but Deputy Sheriff Dave Ruberry figured his last stint supervising the sale would be uneventful.
Then Michael Proetto of Whitehall Township, clutching a bulging sandwich bag, walked up.
''I'd like to register my bid of $30 [over costs] in gold and silver U.S. currency,'' said Proetto, bidding on a two-bedroom condominium in Williams Township.
''Excuse me?'' Ruberry said.
''I have lawful gold and silver U.S. currency,'' Proetto said, plunking the bag of gold and silver on the table.