Gold coin dropped in Salvation Army kettle brings $2,001

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (AP) –When Salvation Army officials in Cynthiana found a 131-year-old $10 gold piece dropped in one of the organization’s red kettles before Christmas, they hoped they could turn it into $1,000.

But an auction yielded twice that, with the 1880 coin bringing $2,001 from a bidder from eastern Kentucky this week, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Treasurer Kim Brooks of the service unit of the Harrison County chapter of the Salvation Army says the buyer from eastern Kentucky wants to remain anonymous. Service unit Chairman John Hodge says the winning bid was one of 10 opened Monday from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. He does not know if the buyer was a coin collector

Proceeds from the auction will help people who need assistance with utility bills, food or prescription medicine this winter.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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