Salvation Army officials say they will be selling the proofs to further the organization’s mission to “preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

It’s the gift of kings, but this Christmas it was also a gift to those in need at Lake of the Ozarks.
The red kettles of the Salvation Army are an icon of giving during the holiday season. Normally, the kettles see spare change, dollar bills, maybe even some bigger denominations. This year, though, a little something special was dropped into one of the kettles collecting donations at Lake of the Ozarks.
Local bell ringers are reporting an anonymous donation of three gold coin proofs in the kettle at the Walmart in Osage Beach.
The donation was made sometime over the weekend of Christmas between Friday, Dec. 22, and Tuesday, Dec. 26.
Salvation Army officials say they will be selling the proofs to further the organization’s mission to “preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”
The proofs are one-half ounce each. Officials are not yet exactly sure how much the proofs are worth - initial research has shown a range of possibly $300 to $1,400 each. They are checking with coin dealers to check their value in that respect in addition to their value as basic gold which is believed to be approximately $600 per coin.
Proof coinage are special early samples of a coin issue, now usually struck in greater numbers for coin collectors. The proofs donated are dated 2003 and 1984 and celebrate the first flight centennial of the Wright Brothers as well as the Olympics.
Local bell ringers wanted to express their appreciation for the generous donation, and bring recognition of the donor despite their anonymity.