Currently on a global tour, the International Coin Collectors Association will stop in Richmond Hill this week at the Quality Inn on Hwy. 17.
The ICCA nuys coins, paper currency, gold and silver on behalf of its global network of collectors, dealers and refineries.
The event is free to the public from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 8.
“We hope to spend at least $250,000 while we are in town, purchasing people’s old coin collections, vintage bank notes and scrap gold and silver,” ICCA spokesman Mark Cooper said. “It’s been all over the news – gold and silver are trading at record highs – and people everywhere are scrambling to cash in. We buy a lot of class rings, mismatched earrings and broken necklaces. Just a small handful of gold can add up to hundreds of dollars very quickly.
“Old coins are also very valuable. An ultra-rare 1894 S Barber dime sold for a whopping $1.9 million in 2007,” Cooper continued. “We recently paid $120,000 for a coin collection in North Carolina and even $300 for a single penny in Georgia. I encourage everyone to clean out their drawers, lockboxes and jewelry boxes and bring their items to our show for a free evaluation and perhaps walk out a little richer.”
Traveling from small towns to large cities, the ICCA hosts hundreds of events each year where local residents can bring in their precious metals, old coins and paper money to earn extra cash.
While meeting one-on-one with each guest, the ICCA specialists review, research and evaluate the items and will make an offer to purchase all gold coins, silver coins made before 1965 and paper money printed prior to 1934.
The amount of the offer depends on the silver or gold content, the collectability, rarity and condition of the items. If the guest decides to accept the offer, a check will be issued on the spot.
For more information or directions, call (217) 787-7767 or go to www.internationalcoincollectors.com.