Salvation Army finds gold coin in Owensboro kettle

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Associated Press

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 2:01 AM

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Salvation Army officials got a big surprise when they opened a red kettle in Owensboro to count donations.

The Messenger-Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1d6Ss30) reports a 2004 Liberty gold coin was found wrapped inside a $10 bill.

"It's an ounce of gold," Lt. Nathan Jones of the Salvation Army said Monday. "It's worth $1,200."

It was found in a kettle that had been outside a Kroger store on Saturday.

The Salvation Army reported last week that it has received more than 400 gold coins in kettles across the nation over three decades. The first was found in Crystal Lake, Ill., in 1982.

Jones said it was the first such coin to be found in an Owensboro kettle.

"When I was in Houston, we had one," he said. "But they tell me this is the first one here."

The coin came with a note saying it had been donated in memory of Ginger L. Schnepp of Owensboro, who was 38 when she died on Feb. 3, 2011, of accidental hypothermia while camping.

The Salvation Army in Owensboro has a goal of raising $100,000 by Christmas.

"We're off to a slow start," Jones said. "We couldn't start at Walmart until Black Friday. Thanksgiving was later this year and that put us behind. Then, the weather last weekend almost killed us."

But the Liberty coin "saved the weekend for us," he said. "We've still got a long way to go, but this really helps."

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Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com

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