Gold! Three South African Krugerrands left in Salvation Army kettle

Gold! Three South African Krugerrands left in Salvation Army kettle
An anonymous donor dropped a gold Krugerrand coin in a Salvation Army kettle in Beaverton.

PORTLAND, Ore. – There’s gold in them thar Salvation Army kettles.

And fancy gold at that.

Three South African gold Krugerrands were found in a kettle outside a Beaverton Fred Meyer on Tuesday. The gold is worth $4,275.

"This is truly a blessing for our services and community as we approach Christmas,” said Jared Arnold of the Salvation Army Tualatin Valley Citadel. "With Christmas just a week away, we know we just have a few days left to raise money for essential services to the community. A donation like this will really go far in helping those in need."

A similar thing happened the past two years.

Last winter, a Krugerrand was found in a kettle outside Pioneer Place in downtown Portland. In 2011, it happened at the Macy's in downtown Portland.

Krugerrands have dropped several hundred dollars in value in the past year.

Fund-raising had been down for the Salvation Army this year, thanks in large part to a late Thanksgiving that shortened the Christmas shopping season.

The Salvation Army estimated it’s about $100,000 behind where it usually is at this time of the year.