Replicas, not valuable gold bars, left in kettle

Dec 25, 2014

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - All that glitters isn't gold, and the Salvation Army says it discovered that two metal bars dropped in a donation bucket in Muskegon weren't genuine.

Credit Salvation Army

Salvation Army spokesman Roger Snider announced Wednesday morning that the one-ounce bars turned up in a  kettle Tuesday evening and had an estimated value of about $2,370.

  But he says a further check showed that the bars were replicas and not solid gold.

  Earlier this month, two gold South African Krugerrand coins appeared in Salvation Army collections in Bay City and St. Clair Shores. Those coins are worth about $1,200 each.

  The Salvation Army is known for its Christmas seasonal fundraising drive, which raises money for programs to aid the poor.