Found in Red Kettle: Gold Coin Wrapped in $100 Bill
Salvation Army volunteers found donation, note
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 12, 2012 2:09 PM CST
File photo of a Salvation Army kettle in Seattle.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A gold coin worth $500 wrapped in a $100 bill has been found in a Salvation Army red kettle set up at an upstate New York shopping plaza. Officials with the Elmira Salvation Army tell the local Star-Gazette that the coin was donated anonymously Friday at the Village Plaza in the neighboring town of Horseheads. It was discovered when volunteers counted kettle donations Monday.

The American Eagle coin was wrapped in a C-note and a memo that read: "This coin is solid gold and worth around $500. God Bless." Salvation Army officials say about 400 gold coins have been found in red kettles over the past 30 years; they've recently been found in kettles in Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, North Carolina, and Florida.

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Dec 12, 2012 7:13 PM CST
Actually, I placed TWO of these into the red kettle, so I'm a little concerned about the whereabouts of the other one.
Dec 12, 2012 6:54 PM CST
There are so many better organizations to donate to than the Salvation Army, a group dedicated to pushing a religious agenda through charity. I won't drop a dime in one of their red buckets...
Dec 12, 2012 2:53 PM CST
It's a gold coin from a treasure chest stolen by pirates from an Aztec treasure that is cursed and every coin makes the owner immortal but when the owners are seen by the light of the moon they look like a rotting corpses ...CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow would like a word with the Salvation Army