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Red Kettle Report: December 6 – 13, 2015


By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….
Salvation Army bell ringers continued to spread holiday cheer as they collected donations last week in many communities around the country.

And generous, perhaps numismatically-minded donors continued to drop gold coins in the Salvation Army’s famous red kettles.

If you’re like us, you’re probably curious about what happens to these gold coins once they’re donated. According to the Salvation Army, gold coins and other valuables are professionally appraised. The coins are then auctioned off to collectors. The proceeds from these sales go to support the mission of the Salvation Army, which, during the holiday season, primarily focuses on feeding those currently in need.

This week’s Red Kettle Report covers gold coins donated between December 6 and December 13.

  1. December 6Donor leaves large gold coin in Paris, Illinois kettle several years in a row: http://www.parisbeacon.com/news/article_2750d15e-9e2d-11e5-80d9-9784d93d35a7.html
  2. Dec. 7Fifth Krugerrand in five years found in Green Bay area kettle: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/2015/12/08/gold-coin-boosts-local-red-kettle-drive/76999930/
  3. Dec. 7Sixth Krugerrand in as many years dropped into Kokomo, Indiana kettle: http://www.kokomotribune.com/news/rare-gold-krugerrand-continues-to-be-regular-occurrence-in-kokomo/article_f56cf826-a024-11e5-8815-ffe666a015e7.html
  4. Dec. 7Three gold coins found in Chicago-area kettle for 12th consecutive year: http://www.morrisherald-news.com/2015/12/08/morris-red-kettle-gets-gold-coins-again/an05obc/
  5. Dec. 7, 8“Coin Crusader” wraps two 1947 50-peso Mexican gold coins in dollar bills in Pompano Beach, Florida: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2015/12/08/broward-coin-crusader-donates-to-red-kettle-campaign-again/
  6. Dec. 9Half-ounce Krugerrand found in Clarksville, Tennessee: http://clarksvillenow.com/local/salvation-army-gets-gold-coin-donation/
  7. Dec. 9“Coin Crusader” strikes again! Three more 50-peso gold coins found: http://www.wsvn.com/story/30721087/coin-crusader-donates-3-more-valuable-coins-to-the-salvation-army
  8. Dec. 9Krugerrand, wrapped in $100 bill and carrying anti-war message, donated in Mishawaka, Indiana: http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/Gold-coin-found-in-Red-Kettle-in-Mishawaka/36880530
  9. Dec. 101976 Krugerrand donated in Midland County, Michigan: http://www.ourmidland.com/news/the-salvation-army-in-midland-receives-gold-coin-worth/article_1405ee3a-a045-11e5-95f5-2f367deb1e75.html
  10. Dec. 10Sacramento-area donor gives Krugerrand to Salvation Army: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article49885860.html
  11. Dec. 11Liberty Head Double Eagle donated in Columbia Falls, Montana:
  12. Dec. 11“LRB” 2013 American Buffalo gold coin found in Vinton, Iowa: http://www.communitynewspapergroup.com/news/gold-coin-dropped-into-vinton-salvation-army-container-for-second/article_1be754d4-a065-11e5-b6ab-0b8a27daa417.html
  13. Dec. 11-13Salvation Army of Genesee County finds 1979 Krugerrand in Flushing kettle: http://nbc25news.com/news/local/gold-coin-placed-in-flushing-salvation-army-red-kettle
  14. Dec. 11-13Canadian 1985 Elizabeth II $50 gold coin turns up in Anaheim, California: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/kettle-696120-army-salvation.html
  15. Dec. 11-13American Platinum Eagle replica coin dropped off in Paris, Illinois:
  16. Dec. 12Three gold coins donated around Chicago area:
  17. Dec. 12Ft. Collins, Colorado sees anonymous gift of krugerrand: http://www.coloradoan.com/story/life/2015/12/17/krugerrand-coin-dropped-salvation-army/77502372/
  18. Dec. 12Shelby, North Carolina Salvation Army receives Krugerrand: http://wncn.com/2015/12/25/rare-coins-found-in-salvation-army-kettle-in-nc/

Next week: Who is “Mimi”?


Hubert Walker
Hubert Walker
Hubert Walker has served as the Assistant Editor of CoinWeek.com since 2015. Along with co-author Charles Morgan, he has written for CoinWeek since 2012, as well as the monthly column "Market Whimsy" for The Numismatist and the book 100 Greatest Modern World Coins (2020) for Whitman Publishing.

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  1. What about the number of silver bullion coins dropped in the kettles? There seems to be a fixation on gold coins but no one ever speaks about the number of silver eagles, art bars, etc. which find their way into the kettles each year.

    • Jim,

      You’re right that a lot of valuable silver coins get dropped in Salvation Army kettles every holiday season – but then again, a lot of VALUABLES in general get dropped into the kettles. Silver and gold coins, rounds, bars, ingots, jewelry, high-denomination bills, etc., etc. All of it greatly appreciated by the Salvation Army.

      Nonetheless, the gold items – specifically coins – are more valuable than the silver ones, which means fewer gold coins are dropped into kettles on average. This tends to make them more newsworthy, especially during Christmastime when news outlets are looking for stories that demonstrate our better, more giving, more compassionate natures.

      Also, a report that included or focused on silver coins would be almost unwieldy in size to both read and write.


      Hubert Walker


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