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‘Mimi’ gold coin discovered in Red Kettle

By Staff | Dec 14, 2015

For the 11th 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.

Coin Facts:

Designer – Engraver: Augustus Saint Gaudens

Metal Composition: 90 percent Gold – 10 percent 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 Boulevard. 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 in a prepared statement. “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.