OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma got quite a surprise after opening one of their red kettles recently.

"We found this gold coin, it's a Canadian gold coin, wrapped in a $2 bill and taped inside," said Major Dan Proctor with the Salvation Army.

Salvation Army officials took it to a local coin dealer and found out it was worth more than $1,000.

"It is what it is. It's a one ounce gold piece which in today's gold market, it's a very expensive piece. So they really, they could have had some monetary gain, which they weren't after," said Rod Powers with Oklahoma Coin, Gold & Silver.

Rod Powers bought the coin for $1,105. He said whoever donated it knew it was valuable because they wrapped it up to keep it from being damaged.

Maj. Proctor said they would be happy to thank the donor is they knew who it was. Regardless, the donation has made everyone richer in spirit and the Salvation Army hopes it will spur more giving during the holiday season.

The Salvation Army has also gotten gold coins in Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, Indiana and Connecticut.