The gift of gold coins found in Salvation Army kettles continues to spread in the United States.
Last week, Canadian Coin News reported that a Canadian 1985 $50 Gold Maple Leaf was found in a Salvation Army kettle in Houston. Two days later, at another site in Houston, a second Canadian ML coin was found in another kettle. In both cases, each coin was wrapped inside a $1 US bill along with a note that read: “A child is born, Jesus! Merry Christmas!”
Well, earlier this week, a Detroit-area Salvation Army location was surprised to find a gold coin worth over $1,000 in one of its red kettles.
According to media reports, an unknown person dropped a 1980 South African Krugerrand into the kettle outside of a Kroger grocery store in St Clair Shores.
Salvation Army spokeswoman Andrea Kenski was reported in the media saying that the coin is worth $1,200 – “enough to help feed 10 hungry people a year, or help provide coats to keep 48 children warm this winter season.”