The Salvation Army has once again found several coins in its donation kettle at Lowe’s Foods in Mebane.

This year, the group found five gold coins — three South African Krugerrand, one Riverman ingot and one Canadian Maple Leaf. All came in little plastic packages to keep them safe, and all were found in a donation kettle outside the store, 1020 Mebane Oaks Road.

“We got [the Riverman] about a week ago, and we got the other four over the last two days,” said Lt. Derrick Smith with the Salvation Army. “I guess the person has gone a little haywire.”

The Salvation Army has seen the coins before with the exception of the Riverman.

All coins are dropped in the kettle by an anonymous person or persons.

The Salvation Army is planning on taking the five coins to a shop in High Point within the next week to determine their value.

“We have a guy that we go to every year. He buys them from us,” Smith said.

The Salvation Army will use the money from the coins like any other monetary donations they receive.

“The fact that he drops these coins and that is his donation towards the [Salvation] Army every year, I think, is pretty amazing because that is a really large donation,” Smith said. “It is exciting.”


The Bank of Zambia has warned consumers that ATMs may not yet be calibrated to allow the new series of banknotes to be deposited.

“All commercial banks have commenced configuring their cash-processing equipment, although the configuration of deposit-taking ATMs may not be completed in time,” the central bank said.

The new banknotes are already in circulation. Members of the public are being encouraged to deposit the new banknotes over the counter until commercial banks complete the necessary


Ceremonial first strikes of both versions of the Proof 2019-P Apollo 11 50th Anniversary silver dollar were executed Dec. 13 at the Philadelphia Mint.

More than a dozen dignitaries and invited guests were accorded the opportunity to strike examples of the standard silver dollar that were placed into envelopes after striking. Those who struck the coins will be able to purchase the examples they struck when sales for the commemorative coin program open at noon E.T. Jan. 24.

Among those in attendance were offspring of the three Apollo 11 astronauts — Buzz Aldrin’s son, Andy; Neil Armstrong’s son Mark; and Michael Collins’ daughter, Ann. The three joined U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder in also striking examples of the 3-inch 5-ounce silver dollars.

Both silver dollars are the first of their kind in the traditional U.S. commemorative coin program. The 5-ounce silver dollar is the first of that denomination and the 1.5-inch silver dollar is the first struck on a .999 fine silver planchet instead of a .900 fine silver planchet.

The 3-inch silver dollar is limited to a maximum release of 100,000 coins while the 1.5 inch coin is limited to a combined maximum mintage in Proof and Uncirculated versions of 400,000 coins.

Ryder said pricing has not been determined for the Proof 5-ounce silver dollar but expected it will likely be on the upside of $200.

The copper-nickel clad half dollar is limited to 750,000 Proof and Uncirculated coins combined and the gold $5 half eagle is limited to 50,000 coins.

All of the coins are being struck with a concave obverse and convex reverse. The obverse, designed by Maine artist Gary Cooper as winner of an open design competition, was sculptured by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph F. Menna. The reverse design, mandated under Public Law 114-282, was sculptured by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

The obverse features as its central device a footprint on the lunar surface. The reverse features a representation of a close-up version of the famous Buzz Aldrin on the moon photograph taken July 20, 1969, that shows just the visor and part of the helmet of astronaut Aldrin. The reflection in Aldrin’s helmet includes Neil Armstrong, the United States flag and the lunar module.

Ron Harrigal, manager of the U.S. Mint’s design and engraving division, said die preparation proved a challenge to execute the curved features. The Mint started with the 3-inch coin first then adapted the findings to the smaller diameter coins.

Harrigal said each of the obverse and reverse dies were engraved individually on CNC cutting machinery and hand-finished, in essence making master dies into working dies, eliminating any hubbing.

Ryder predicted a program sellout, which if achieved, would generate surcharges of $14 million for the three designated beneficiaries — 50 percent to the Smithsonian Institution’s Air and Space Museum Destination Moon exhibit, 25 percent to the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, and 25 percent to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.


The Nepal government has banned the use of Indian currency notes of Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 denominations, a move that could affect Indian tourists visiting the Himalayan nation where Indian currency is widely used.

Indian currency is extensively used by Nepalese people and businesses for their savings and transactions.

The government has asked the people to refrain from keeping or carrying Indian bank notes higher than Rs 100 denomination as it has not legalised them, Nepal’s Minister for Information and Communications Gokul Prasad Baskota said.

“The government has decided not to use, carry and keep the Indian bills of 200, 500 and 2000 denominations. The government will soon issue a formal notice in this matter,” he said.

The decision will adversely affect Nepalese labourers working in India as well as Indian tourists visiting Nepal. India is Nepal’s largest trade partner and supplies the majority of its consumer goods.

The Indian government introduced new banknotes of Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 denominations after the demonetisation of old notes worth Rs 500 and 1,000 in 2016.

However, the move hit countries such as Nepal and Bhutan where Indian currency is widely used. Nepal Premier KP Sharma Oli said earlier this year that demonetisation hurt the Nepalese people and added that he would raise the matter with Indian leaders.

People have been using the new Indian currency in Nepal for nearly two years now.


Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) said on December 14 that it would issue new banknotes, starting with the 100 leva bill that will go into circulation on December 2018.

The new notes will have little to differentiate them from the 2003 issue currently in circulation, with the main changes being additional security elements, the central bank said.

These include an additional mark for visually impaired people, consisting of five thick and six thin lines at an angle along the short sides of the banknote.

The new notes will also have some optical effects, such as the hologram stripe alternating images of edelweiss and Aleko Konstantinov’s profile, as well as using a variable ink, which alternates between emerald gгееn and sapphire blue depending on the angle at which it is viewed, BNB said.

Additionally, the security thread will feature the same variable ink, while the watermark of Aleko Konstantinov’s portrait will be in higher resolution.

BNB said that 100 leva banknotes issued in 2003 will remain in circulation as legal tender.