The Salvation Army says someone placed a gold coin in one of its Michigan donation kettles.
Major Mike Meyers of The Salvation Army tells MLive.com the donation apparently was done "in the spirit of Christmas." He says it was discovered this week by a volunteer bell ringer at a drug store in Bay County's Bangor Township, near Bay City.
Columbus Coin & Jewelry owner John DeJohn looked at a photo of the coin. He says it's a South African Krugerrand that could be worth its weight in gold.
The 1984 coin has one troy ounce of gold and typically sells for $1,200 or more, depending on condition.
Meyers says The Salvation Army also recently received a gold coin donation in a kettle in the Detroit suburb of Warren. Similar donations have been reported elsewhere in the U.S.
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