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Dec 27, 2011 9:59 AM by AP

2 gold coins dropped in Salvation Army red kettles

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - It's not unusual for people to drop coins in a Salvation Army red kettle to help those in need, but some coins are worth a lot more than others.

On Friday morning, when Alexandria Salvation Army officials were going through Thursday's kettle donations, they discovered a gold coin worth about $1,600 and another gold coin believed to be valued at about $400.

Salvation Army Maj. Ken Nelson tells The Town Talk (http://townta.lk/vary2T ) he believes the gold-coin donations were inspired by the recent bicycle thefts. Ten bikes that were to be given to needy children were stolen from a Salvation Army building last week, and the community responded by donating more than 130 bikes and more than $10,000.

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