A generous shopper turned a Salvation Army kettle filled with coins into a real pot of gold by tossing in two South African Krugerrands worth more than $800.

The one-ounce gold bullion coins were not discovered in the pile of nickels, dimes and quarters collected at a mall until they arrived at a bank and jammed in a sorting machine, Salvation Army officials said.Employees at Beaumont's First City National Bank, where the Salvation Army deposits donations each night, found the coins Thursday morning, said James Fortney, Salvation Army commander.

The Krugerrands usually sell for slightly more than the current value of their gold content, and together are worth an estimated $824, he said.