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Surprise donation: Valuable gold coins left in Salvation Army kettle

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A generous Beaverton shopper donated three rare gold coins to the Salvation Army.

The South African coins, minted in 1982, were discovered while people were sorting through donations Tuesday night.

Each of the coins, called Krugerrands, is worth around $1,500.

"Our sorter at the time came to me and said I've never seen this before, ‘Do you know what this is?'" said Lt. Jared Arnold. "I said I definitely know what that is. He goes, ‘That's good, because I got another one.'"

A third Krugerrand turned up a few minutes later.

All three were donated in the kettle outside the Fred Meyer near Beaverton Town Square.

While Krugerrands have been donated to Salvation Army kettles around the country, Lt. Arnold said they believe this is the first time someone has donated three at once.

The donation comes at a much needed time because local donations are down $113,000 from the same time last year.

"The value of it comes more than just the monetary value but in the knowing that somebody would give such a precious gift to us to use for the services that we have," said Lt. Arnold. "It just means a lot to us."

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