Hearts of gold put coin in grateful hands

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - A local charity received a rare gift Monday from a couple of heros with hearts of gold.

Monday morning 11 News got an interesting visit from a couple who gave us a solid gold coin from South Africa. They wanted to make the donation anonymously and asked us to put in the hands of those who need it most.

If you’ve never seen this coin before, join the club. It’s called a Krugerrand. It’s a solid gold coin from South Africa and weighs in at one troy ounce.

We took it to a local coin dealer to see what it’s worth. The market determines it’s value. “The current market is $1,094 and that’s what it’s worth,” says our coin expert.

The donor asked us to give the coin to the Homeless Shelter in honor of their dog, Happy Douglas, who recently passed away. So we did. “This is stunning, this kind of thing has never happened before,” says Gi Moon of Homeward Bound.

Moon says the shelter is running at full capacity this winter. “We’re goon a make good stewards of this and put it to use here at Homeward Bound,” he says.

Normally, they receive cash donations, so for them, this is quite a surprise. Now for the shelter, there’s only one question left. “Wow, what do we do now?” Moon says.

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