ARLINGTON HEIGHTS (AP) – Salvation Army officials say someone dropped a valuable gold coin into a collection kettle in in Arlington Heights.
They say the $10 piece was minted in 1898 and now is worth an estimated $750. The Daily Herald reports it was dropped in a kettle outside Mariano’s grocery. It’s the 20th gold coin left in area kettles this season.
Officials say the cumulative value of those coins is $11,242.56.
The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign raises money for food, housing and other assistance for the needy.
Officials say the tradition of anonymous donors dropping gold coins into the kettles started in the greater Chicago area 25 years ago in McHenry County.
Since then, the Salvation Army has received more than 400 gold coins of various types and worth.