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Mystery donor drops valuable coin in Salvation Army kettle

Gold coin left by anonymous person valued at $1,500

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – A mysterious donor in South Florida has once again baffled the Salvation Army with a donation that will make the holiday season brighter for those assisted by the charitable organization.

The Salvation Army of Broward County says a "Secret Santa" anonymously left a gold coin valued at $1,500 inside one of their red kettles.

A spokesperson for the Salvation Army said the coin was left in a kettle outside a Pompano Beach Walmart on Saturday.

The coin, wrapped in a one dollar bill, wasn't discovered until Monday. News of the lavish gift was delayed until the organization could authenticate the coin.

The generous donation is one of many similar offerings left at Salvation Army locations in South Florida over the last few years.

In 2013, a diamond ring was found inside the collection kettle in front of a Pinecrest Publix. In 2012, a donor left $100 bills in kettles across South Florida.

The Salvation Army says the coin found this week will pay for about 800 meals.