Archive for Monday, December 17, 2012

Gold coins dropped in Salvation Army kettles

December 17, 2012


Officials at the Salvation Army of Douglas County found some unique and valuable items recently when they opened up one of their red kettles to count the money people had dropped in during the holiday season.

Inside one of the kettles, they found three solid gold coins valued at more than $1,700 each, contributed by an anonymous donor.

Several days later, officials said another bell ringer received another anonymous gift: an 1880 gold Liberty Head $5 coin.

The coins will soon go up for auction at a benefit dinner the Salvation Army will hold next month.

Barry Watts, development director for the local Salvation Army, said officials at the agency have spoken to one of the individuals who donated the coins and have had them inspected by an expert in rare coins to verify that they are authentic.

Similar donations have been reported by other Salvation Army units around the country. Last week, a gold coin valued at $500 was found wrapped inside a $100 bill in a Salvation Army kettle in New York State. Earlier in the week, a bell ringer in Wichita received a $50 gold Canadian coin.

The benefit dinner and auction will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Lawrence Country Club. The event is open to the public. Admission will be $40 per person and will include a dinner prepared by club chef Frank Sheldon.

People wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by Jan. 19 by calling the Salvation Army (785) 843-4188, extension 107, or by emailing Watts at


FlintlockRifle 5 years, 6 months ago

Thanks to who-every----Merry Christmas to you----------

Katara 5 years, 6 months ago

I was hoping to see at least one of these stories and how cool is it that it happened more than once!

riverdrifter 5 years, 6 months ago

That gold liberty 5 bucker is worth $6-800 bucks. A friend hit one with his metal detector in a churchyard in the Flint Hills. Nice find. GOOD on whomever dropped it in the bucket.

scarlett 5 years, 6 months ago

Wish someone would drop a couple of gold coins off at Just Food and/or Health Care Access. They both provide amazing services without discriminating against lgbt or non-christian clients.

Barry Watts 5 years, 6 months ago

The Salvation Army does not discriminate, in any way, against LGBT or non-Christian clients. Any such accusations should be immediately reported to the Salvation Army office and we will be promptly investigate the matter. That being said, Just Food and Health Care Access are wonderful organizations doing amazing work and the Salvation Army would love to see those charities supported as well. - Barry Watts, Development Director for the Salvation Army of Douglas County

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