Valuable gold coin dropped into Clarksville kettle

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Someone dropped a valuable gold coin into a Salvation Army red kettle in Clarksville.

Board member Laurie Hadley was sifting through a kettle she collected from a Wal-Mart last week when she saw a glimmer of gold among the green bills and silver pocket change.

Hadley says giving such a donation anonymously makes it more special.

The Salvation Army took the one-ounce coin to a jewelry store, which wrote out a check for $805.

The charity's national spokeswoman Melissa Temme says someone once dropped a gold tooth into a kettle in New York City.

A kettle in Pennsylvania once got an engagement ring, which sold on eBay for $1,000.

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