“Mimi” Gold Coin Discovered in Red Kettle

Decade-long Tradition Continues

For the eleventh straight year, an anonymous donor has dropped a $20 Liberty Eagle gold coin in one of The Salvation Army’s red kettles. The coin, as in previous years, was wrapped in a note that reads, “In loving memory of Mimi.” The coin is dated 1924 and is estimated to be worth around $2,328 according to USA Coin Book.

Photos may be downloaded here.

Coin Facts:

·        Designer – Engraver: Augustus Saint Gaudens

·        Metal Composition: 90% Gold – 10% Copper

·        Diameter: 34 mm

·        Mass: 33.44 grams

·        Minted:  1907 – 1932

·        Before 1850, the $10 eagles were the largest denomination US coins. As the $20 coins had twice the face value of the eagle, they came to be known as “double eagles”.

The coin was donated over the weekend at the Publix located on Palm Beach Blvd.  Multi-year volunteer Merrill Conrad was surprised to discover the coin for the third year in a row!  Once again, other volunteers joked that Merrill might be the actual donor of the coin since he continues to find it among the dollar bills and change in the kettles, but Merrill is happy to have a small role in this happy tradition.

“For eleven years, the memory of Mimi has provided hope and joy for hundreds of families,” said Major Tim Gilliam, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties.  “I, for one, thank God for Mimi.”

With 10 days left to ring the bell, The Salvation Army is making progress toward its goal of $550,000 for the red kettle season.  If this generous donation inspires other local donors to give, this important goal will be met.

Every Christmas, The Salvation Army serves thousands of families in need with toys and food for the holidays.  The money raised during the red kettle drive supports these efforts as well as food, shelter, medical and recovery programs throughout the year.

If you would like to help, toy donations and volunteer bell ringers are needed – call 278-1551.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-six cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. For more information, go towww.salvationarmyleecounty.org.  The Salvation Army is proud to be a United Way partner agency.

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