A Secret Santa discreetly dropped a treasure into a Salvation Army kettle in University Place this week.
A volunteer sorting bills from change Wednesday morning found a South African Krugerrand, a rare gold coin valued for its purity.
The coin is believed to be worth about $1,700. Salvation Army officials are working with a local coin dealer to sell it for the highest bid.
The donation was made at Fred Meyer at 6305 Bridgeport Way W.
“It was wrapped in a one-dollar bill and placed into the kettle,” corps officer Maj. Warren Dabis said. “It was rather conspicuous and incredible.”
But not overly surprising.
Dabis said someone – possibly the same generous someone – dropped a Krugerrand into a Salvation Army kettle at the same location within the last two years.