FORT MYERS- The nine gold coins donated to The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades counties will be on display and auctioned off Saturday January 22nd at the Fort Myers Coin Show. Sealed bids will be accepted from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. They will be opened January 24th at The Salvation Army offices on McGregor Boulevard and the winning bids will be announced at that time. The coin show will be held at the Elks Lodge at 1900 Park Meadows Blvd. in Fort Myers, FL.
Seven of the gold coins were discovered in red kettles during the month of December. The last two were mailed to The Salvation Army earlier this month. Eight of the coins are South African Krugerrands. The ninth is a $20 Liberty Eagle Gold Coin. Each is valued at $1,400-$1,600 dollars and all were donated anonymously.
The Salvation Army raised $535,000 during its 2010 Red Kettle Campaign. They are hoping proceeds from the sale of the coins will help the organization reach its goal of $550,000. Monies raised during the annual fund raising campaign fund the Christmas Cheer Program as well as other programs that operate year round.