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Donor's Gold Coin in Salvation Kettle Worth $1,255

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A 1947 Mexican 50-pesos gold coin (Jan Schneckenhaus/Dreamstime)

By    |   Monday, 18 December 2017 12:03 PM

A mystery donor’s gold coin – a 1979 South Africa Krugerrand – dropped into a Salvation Army’s Red Kettle in Reno, Nevada, and reportedly worth $1,255, didn’t quite match the two gold Mexican coins, each worth just over $1,300, dropped into a Florida red kettle.

The real bell ringer, though, was a $1 trillion bill found in one kettle. Wait, that was fake.

KTVN reported that Salvation Army staff made the Krugerrand discovery on Friday morning when they were counting cash donations collected from the previous day’s bell ringing efforts.

“I’m shocked and pleased to have this blessing in our red kettle,” said Major Charles Fowler, Washoe County Salvation Army Reno corps coordinator, USA Today reported.

But it’s also not uncommon for staff and volunteers of The Salvation Army often to find unusual items of little value in their red kettles.

One bell ringer, Maj. Robert Green, once documented his odd finds which included gold teeth, food stamps and the fake $1 trillion bill.

"Car keys, house keys, and a lot, a lot, of pocket lint," he told The Wall Street Journal when asked what other odd items he has discovered in the red kettles over the years.

So when a valuable item such as a cold coin makes its way into the red kettles, Fowler said it is a huge boost for the bell ringing campaign.

"Whoever this donor is, I just want to say thanks for the helping us and this community,” he said of the anonymous donation of the Krugerrand, per USA Today.

The Sun-Sentinel reported that the two gold 1947 Mexican 50-peso coins were dropped into a Salvation Army Red Kettle outside of a store in Pompano Beach last week. It was reportedly done in previous years, too.

“This mystery donor has certainly lifted our holiday spirits once again,” said Major Keath Biggers, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Broward County, according to The Sun-Sentinel.

“These unique gifts help us highlight the incredible support needed for the programs that take place during the holidays and all year-round.”

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A mystery donor’s gold coin – a 1979 South Africa Krugerrand – dropped into a Salvation Army’s Red Kettle in Reno, Nevada, and reportedly worth $1,255, didn’t quite match the two gold Mexican coins, each worth just over $1,300, dropped into a Florida red kettle.
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