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Johnson County Salvation Army donation is "gold"en


The Johnson County Salvation Army found a "gold"en donation in one of their kettles on Monday.

An employee at Hills Bank and Trust found a gold coin on Monday while counting the donations that came from a kettle at the Coralville Wal-Mart.

The Salvation Army had the five dollar coin appraised and is told it's worth $200.  The 1/10 ounce American Eagle coin is in uncirculated condition.

They say this is the fourth year that someone has donated a gold coin in one of their red kettles.  Last year, a 1986 1/10 oz. U.S. Gold Piece valued of $140 was found in one of the kettles.

"This is becoming a wonderful tradition here in Johnson County. One we hope continues for many years to come," Captain Terry Smith of the Johnson County Salvation Army said in a written statement.

The Johnson County Salvations Army says they have raise $41,761 of their $300,000 Christmas goal As of November 16th.  Their Red Kettle effort ends on December 24th, but they will continue to collect donations by mail and on-line through mid January.

For information on volunteer opportunities visit or call 319-337-3725.

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