A rare 1889 French 20 Franc Gold Angel coin was dropped into a kettle over the weekend in southwest Omaha. The coin is worth an estimated $225 to $275 at this time.
The coin’s angel image served as protection. It was originally designed in 1792 for King Louis XVI and was minted throughout the nineteenth century. It was also a popular lucky charm for soldiers going into battle. Fighter pilots took it with them during World War I and many people still carry the coin today for luck and protection.
A quote on the envelope that contained the coin read, “Here’s a Gold Angel, For the Angels at the Salvation Army”.
The gift of the rare coin will help support their Tree of Lights $2.8-million campaign.