Topeka Salvation Army Receives 2 Gold Coins

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Salvation Army got a welcome surprise this week in Topeka when volunteers found two gold coins one of the kettles.

Topeka kettle drive coordinator Tim Hall told The Topeka Capital-Journal that volunteers found the two gold coins when they were counting the collections Thursday. He says have no idea who made the donation.

The coins are dated 1998 and are about the size of dimes. They were wrapped in paper, which kept volunteers from accidentally mixing them with less valuable coins.

Hall says the value of the coins is unclear, but an Internet search found similar coins selling for about $200.

The Salvation Army says collections from the kettle campaign this year have fallen far short of goals, so the extra boost from the gold coins helps.