Five gold coins found in Salvation Army kettle

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.”

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