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Gold Coins Worth Thousands Generously Donated To Salvation Army

Gold Coins Worth Thousands Generously Donated To Salvation Army

Salvation Army volunteer James Bond found a gold coin valued at $1,500 inside his kettle in Noblesville. Source: Salvation Army via USA Today

Gold coins worth thousands generously gifted to the charity again this year
It just means so much … because it means that they went out of their way to do something extra special…”
Salvation Army gold donors keep giving gold coins including Gold Krugerrands anonymously every year
At least three gold coins worth some $4,500 have again been generously gifted to charity this year (that we know of)
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Anonymous Donor Drops $1,500 Gold Coin in Salvation Army Kettle

by Elizabeth DePompei, USA Today

Among the crumpled bills and pocket change, a Salvation Army bell ringer in Indiana recently found a shiny gold coin in his red kettle.

But not just any gold coin. This coin, a 1915 100 Corona Austrian gold coin, was valued at $1,500. And the name of the man who collected it outside of a Noblesville Walgreens is just as smile-worthy: James Bond.

“It is really cool,” Bond said in statement. “I hear about that stuff in the news, but now it’s with me, so I feel like I’m part of this big thing that people really care about.”

Sam Hyde, a Salvation Army spokesman for Central Indiana, said every penny is appreciated, but such a large donation can make a bigger difference.

“It just means so much … because it means that they went out of their way to do something extra special,” Hyde said.

Because Thanksgiving fell on the last week of November, the Salvation Army has had less time this year to run its red kettle campaign. Volunteers and staff typically start hitting the stores on Black Friday.

“This year has been a tough year. It really has been,” Hyde said. “So something like this is a huge jolt to our fundraising efforts.”

It’s not uncommon for people to mysteriously leave high-valued items in kettles, Hyde said. Things like wedding rings and “the occasional gold tooth.”

Funds raised during the campaign allow the Salvation Army to operate two community centers, a homeless shelter for women and children, multiple food pantries and an addiction treatment center in Central Indiana.

Bond said in the statement that he first started ringing the iconic Salvation Army bell “because I just needed a job.”

“But when they said we are the army behind the Army, it just made sense to me that I can ring a bell and make a difference,” he said.

Full article via USA Today

Three Krugerrands, 1899 Gold Piece Among Special Coins Put in Salvation Army Kettles This Year

By Matt Trotter, Public Radio Tulsa

It’s a holiday tradition in Tulsa.

Special coins from anonymous donors have been found in Salvation Army red kettles, including three South African krugerrands and an 1899 U.S. gold piece.

Two 1978 gold krugerrands were donated at the 71st Street and Sheridan Road Reasor’s on Nov. 30. On Wednesday the 1899 twenty-dollar gold piece was found wrapped in a $2 silver certificate bill at the Hobby Lobby at 51st Street and Sheridan Road. A third krugerrand turned up Thursday at the Reasor’s at 41st Street and Yale Avenue.

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Mark O'Byrne
I founded GoldCore more than 10 years ago and it has been my passion and a huge part of my life ever since. I strongly believe that due to the significant macroeconomic and geopolitical risks of today, saving and investing a portion of one’s wealth in gold bullion is both wise and prudent.
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