Salvation Army Receives Two Gold Coins

Salvation Army bell ringer Dale Novak of Iowa City volunteers at the red kettle located at the Iowa City Walmart, 1001 Highway 1 West, on Monday, December 20, 2010. The Johnson County Salvation Army still has many open bell ringing shifts prior to Christmas. (Matt Nelson/SourceMedia Group News)

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By Aaron Hepker

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Salvation Army of Mason City has received an anonymous donation of two gold Krugerrand coins, restoring plans for the organization to hold an auction for the coins.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that the charitable organization received the coins Thursday. The South African gold coins can be valued from several hundred to several thousand dollars.

The Salvation Army usually receives at least one gold coin from an anonymous donor during its annual Christmas Red Kettle Campaign. The coin or coins are auctioned off along with other items, but this year's auction had been canceled because no coins had been found.

Now that the two coins have been donated, the auction has been rescheduled for 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14 at Southbridge Mall's Center Court.

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