Salvation Army bell ringer Clair Harger found the unusual coin in her kettle in Broomfield Wednesday. The charity investigated and found it was a 1983 South African Krugerrand coin worth $1,400.
Similar valuable Krugerrands have turned up in Salvation Army kettles in Florida, Indiana and Washington. A Kruggerand was also dropped in a kettle in Boulder last year.
Harger, who has been a bell ringer for three years, tells the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder that she noticed the man's coin was an unusual one and even asked him if it was a Krugerrand. Harger says the man said "no" and walked away.
Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com/