Expensive Kettle Donation

Somebody in Florida with the holiday spirit tried to drop an expensive piece of jingle into a Salvation Army kettle.

The platinum coin didn't fit in the kettle outside a Pensacola department store, so the unidentified donor gave it to the bell ringer.

The coin has a face value of $100 but an appraisal estimates its worth at about $1,300. The 2006 coin is stamped with an image of the Statue of Liberty.

A Salvation Army spokeswoman says the experience demonstrates how "honest" their bell ringers are.

So far this year, the Salvation Army has received at least eight gold coins. One is valued at about $800.


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