Krugerrand found in Naperville Salvation Army kettle

December 5, 2012 in Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, South Africa Coins, World Coins

The gold coin is worth about $1,700

By Melissa Jenco, Chicago Tribune reporter  December 4, 2012 (

The Salvation Army Logo

The Salvation Army Logo

South Africa Gold Krugerrand

South Africa Gold Krugerrand

As Capt. Antonio Romero and his Salvation Army Aurora Corps volunteers sorted money collected from their trademark red kettles, a heavy gold coin fell from the dollar bill that encircled it.

The volunteer who unwrapped the currency was shocked, but Romero knew exactly what it was – a South African Krugerrand worth about $1,700.

“It’s incredible. It’s beyond belief even when the economy hasn’t been at its best somebody can still find it in their heart to give something that generous,” Romero said. “It’s mind-blowing to us, and we are extremely thankful. And I’m sure those who ultimately benefit from this are just as thankful.”

Romero believes the valuable coin was dropped into a kettle Friday morning at Casey’s Foods in Naperville. He recognized it because finding a Krugerrand wrapped in a dollar bill and deposited into a Naperville kettle has become an annual occurrence, and he can’t help but think the same donor is responsible.

Money donated in the kettles stay in the communities where it is donated and assists people in need with food, shelter, after-school programs and disaster relief, according to Alyse Chadwick, public relations specialist for the Salvation Army.

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