FORT MYERS-- The Salvation Army makes yet another amazing discovery. Not one, but two more gold coins were discovered today. The two 1976 South African Krugerrands were sent in a manila envelope along with a note urging people to lend a hand to others. The postmark was dated December 30th and they were simply addressed to Major Tom Louden. That brings the total of gold coins donated to nine. The Salvation Army has never heard of that many gold coins being donated in one location during the holiday season anywhere else in the country.
Seven other gold coins were already donated during the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign. Each is valued at $1,400-$1,600 dollars. They will be auctioned off sometime later this month. Based on handwriting on notes coins were wrapped in, The Salvation Army believes as many as six or seven, including the latest two coins….may have been come from the same donor. The identity of all the gold coin donors remains a mystery.