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Forum staff reports, Published December 13 2013

Donated coins less valuable than thought

FARGO – The value of two gold coins given to the Salvation Army as part of the annual Red Kettle Campaign is less than the nonprofit first thought.

The Salvation Army released a statement Thursday saying the two 2008 Austria Philharmonic 1/10-ounce coins are actually worth $255 combined instead of about $700 as previously reported.

“We apologize for the incorrect information that happened due to a communication error,” the statement said.

The official value may be less than first thought but the longstanding tradition of an anonymous donor who leaves behind the expensive coins remains dear to the Salvation Army officials.

“We’re so grateful to the individual who donated these coins to us. It has become a tradition in this community, and we are grateful to receive them every year,” said Maj. Byron Medlock of The Salvation Army.

This is the 11th year the coins have been found in the kettles.

The Salvation Army is at about 28 percent of its fundraising goal this holiday season.

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