The Waterloo Salvation Army is celebrating a special holiday gift for the second year in a row. Caption Jerry O’Neil says an anonymous donor dropped a gold coin into a kettle outside a Waterloo store and volunteers discovered the coin while counting donations last weekend. He says its an American Gold Eagle coin that’s an ounce of fine gold. He says it’s a great boost at this time of year, because sometimes things get a little discouraging. O’Niel says the fifty-dollar coin is worth more than its face value because of its gold content.He says they did some checking on the internet and found it’s worth about 455-dollars. O’Neil says the coin is up for auction, and he hopes the Salvation Army can get 500 dollars for it. He says they’ll run the auction up until January ninth to see how much they can generate. He says it’s a great blessing that someone wants to make such a donation and doesn’t want any attention for it. The coin left in the kettle last year was auctioned off for 500 dollars and they also received a gold krugerrand that was sold for 950-dollars.
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