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$1,200 coin found in Salvation Army kettle

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MADISON (WKOW) -- It's the giving season and one anonymous donor gave a little extra yesterday.

He dropped a gold coin into one of the Salvation Army's red kettles in Madison.

The South African kugerrand is worth more than $1,200.

A spokesman for the Salvation Army of Dane County says the donor wanted to spread a message on giving Tuesday.

"He just wanted to encourage people that was a good day to maybe inspire people to give or to give a special gift... throughout the season... he thought that was a good way again this year to do that," said Chris Ziemba of the Salvation Army of Dane County.

The Salvation Army of Dane County hopes to raise more than $700,000 during its Red Kettle campaign, which helps to pay for the organization's family shelter and food pantry.

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