Meet the mystery couple who dropped gold Krugerrands in red kettles for 15 years: Coin World Buzz

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Published : 12/04/15
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1.  Couple contributes $10,000 worth of gold in 15-year span

The holidays often bring out the generosity in Americans. In the case of one couple, the giving has become routine. 

Each year from 1997 to 2012, a gold South African Krugerrand showed up in a Salvation Army kettle in Gettysburg, Pa. 

"Altogether, the coins were worth more than $10,000 — and for 15 years, the generous benefactors managed to hide their identities," NBC News reports.

Well the secret's been out for a few years, but the gold coins keep coming. Or at least an equivalent donation.

NBC News reports that the couple, Dick and Ruth Jean Unger, both 83, have continued the tradition of generous giving that began when Dick dropped in one of the first six Krugerrands he had bought in 1997 as a familiy investment. 

But instead of dropping an actual Krugerrand into a red kettle, they're now donating whatever one ounce of gold is worth at the time of the donation. (See our Kitco prices below for how much that would be.)

Read the heartwarming holiday story

2. Gold, silver bullion reaches investors fingtertips 

The Perth Mint has made investing in precious metals even easier with a secure online trading platform that offers investors the ability to buy and store with the Mint. Provided with trusted storage facilities, which are guaranteed by the Government of Western Australia, and with complete account privacy, investors are able to confidently transact with live pricing day or night, seven days a week.

This online trading platfrom is great for serious investors.

3. The American gold coin market is thriving 

The price of gold might not be at an all-time high, but Steve Roach points out in his latest Market Analysis that the U.S. gold coin market is not struggling.

"Collectors love coins that were once in prominent collections and the addition of a well-known name in a coin’s provenance (ownership history) can add a premium to a coin’s price. On Nov. 15, an 1861-S Coronet gold $5 half eagle formerly in the collection of Harry W. Bass Jr. graded About Uncirculated 50 by PCGS sold for $7,822.10."

Read more.

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5.  Precious metals  pricing

Kitco.com lists the following prices per ounce Thursday at 4:52 p.m. ET:

6. Hot topics

Check out three interesting stories from the last couple of days:

  1. 1929 Indian Head gold realizes a significant ticket: Market Analysis
  2. Proof 2015-W American Eagle platinum coin mintage set at 4,000                                   
  3. 1781 silver Fishing Fleet Medal honors ‘Dutch Paul Revere’

7. Something Social 

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Posted by Coin World on Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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