EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Valuable coin makes its way into a Salvation Army red kettle.
A 1982 South Africa 1oz Gold Krugerrand coin was dropped into the kettle outside the Schnucks grocery store on Washington Avenue.
The coin, which is valued right now at $1,311 on APMEX website, was left in the red kettle on Monday.
“We have a tradition when we find a $100, we have a bell on the table and whoever finds that in a bucket will ring it, and she [the volunteer who discovered the coin] says ‘Well how many times do I get to ring the bell for a one ounce gold coin’ so she was very excited," explained Salvation Army Major Mark Turner. "The whole room just kinda lit up because this is the first one of its kind that we’ve found this year.”
Officials say they will now put the coin up for auction and use the money to further their mission of helping local families.
Last year someone donated a similar coin at the west side Walmart.