Rare gold coin found in Salvation Army red kettle

South African coin valued at $1,200

LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A Salvation Army bell ringer got quite the surprise when he found a rare coin in his kettle outside a Walmart in Indiana.

The worker came across the solid gold coin Wednesday while counting donations. Upon further inspection, the coin was found to be a South African Krugerrand. Its value: about $1,200.

"I think it's awesome, you know. I mean, obviously, somebody went to the effort of collecting this and holding onto this," Salvation Army Lt. Steve Dahl told CBS affiliate WLFI-TV. "They thought that we are a worthy cause to support with it. It's very humbling actually."

It's not known who donated the coin.

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