Published Sunday, December 09, 2012

Rare gold coin found in SW Florida red kettle

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. (AP) – A holiday tradition continues in southwest Florida, where a rare coin has been found in a Salvation Army kettle for the eighth consecutive year.

Volunteer Sherman Scott thought a passerby was dropping a check into his red kettle last week outside the Walmart in Lehigh Acres. The donation turned out to be a gold coin dated 1907 and valued at $1,700.

Salvation Army officials say they believe it's the same person who's been donating the gold coins for the last eight years.

All the coins have been wrapped in a handwritten note that reads: "In loving memory of Mimi." Salvation Army official Sarah Clark tells WBBH-TV in Fort Myers that the organization would love to meet the donor and hear more about Mimi.

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