WorthPoint Hosts “Cool Kids Art Contest”

Hundreds of children and their parents are stopping by the WorthPoint booth at the American Presidential Experience.

WorthPoint is partnering with the Salvation Army and ANACS , America’s oldest coin-grading service, to sponsor the “Cool Kids Art Contest” at the American Presidential Experience in Denver this week. Children ages 5-8 and 9-12 are invited to draw and color a “thank you” picture of the unknown person or persons who dropped six gold $20 Liberty Coins into the Salvation Army’s kettles on Denver’s 16th Street Mall during the Christmas holidays last year.

Some young visitors to the “Cool Kids Art Contest” show off an entry.

WorthPoint offered to evaluate the gold coins for the Salvation Army. The coins, minted between 1883 and 1906, were graded by ANACS and valued by Worthologist Ed McDonough at $900-$1,000 each.

According to the Salvation Army’s Tara Wilkinson, more than 300 children have already taken part in the art contest. The kids’ drawings are on display at the WorthPoint exhibit. Four $25 prizes will be awarded to the young winners—two in each age category—who will be announced on October 10.

The Salvation Army’s gold coins have an interesting history, according to Wilkinson. “The first gold coin mysteriously appeared in a kettle in the Chicago suburb of Crystal Lake in 1982. Since then, more than 300 gold coins have been donated at kettle sites across the country.”

Wilkinson says that money from the Salvation Army’s kettle collections goes to people who need help. “Some of them are in hospitals and nursing homes, and others live in shelters or family transitional housing because they can’t afford a home. Some of the money goes to provide sit-down Christmas dinners, and some is used to help families struggling with difficult family, emotional or financial problems.”

The coins will be auctioned in October at a live online auction on Freeman’s auctions Web site. In an interesting coincidence, Freeman’s is America’s oldest auction house, and the Salvation Army is America’s oldest charity. Chief Worthologist Thom Pattie, who is at the WorthPoint exhibit in Denver, said, “Will Seippel, our CEO and founder, suggested we help the Salvation Army as one step in creating a strong company culture of giving back to the community.”

WorthPoint is helping the Salvation Army take the gold coins to auction and co-sponsoring the “Cool Kids Art Contest.”

Images of the children’s art work will continue to be posted on the WorthPoint Web site all this week.

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