Unexpected Treasure Found In Salvation Army Kettle In Estes Park
Anonymous donation gives the annual bell-ringing program an unexpected boost
Last week an amazing discovery was found in one of the Salvation Army Red Kettles in Estes Park boosting spirits during during this holiday season.
Julie Phares, Rotarian on the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Committee was emptying the kettle and counting the funds from that day. She found at the bottom of the kettle a dollar bill, tightly folded around an object. When she unfolded the bill, she discovered an old gold coin in the center of the folds.
Julie looked at the date on the face of the Lady Liberty coin and was excited to discover it read 1851. The back of the coin showed an eagle with arrows in his talons. Julie’s adrenaline began to rush as she knew this was a rare and valuable coin. She quickly learned the piece is a ten dollar gold Liberty/Eagle coin which has now been initially appraised at approximately $560.
When asked to see it, Julie was all smiles as she held the shiny gold coin. “These kinds of things happen in the Denver area kettles but this has never happened here in Estes Park!” exclaimed Julie.
“This is such a wonderful thing to see in a time like this,” said Ray Leaycraft, publicity chairman for the Salvation Army.”And it really does my heart good to see somebody do something as generous as this. Thank you to this wonderful anonymous donor.”
The coin will help families that turn to The Salvation Army for help this Christmas season and throughout the year. What a nice way to wrap up the bell ringing season here in Estes Park.