ALBANY, Ga. — Those interested in coin collecting, or just coins in general, will have a golden opportunity this weekend to expose themselves to a wide range of products.
The fifth annual Albany Coin and Money Show is coming to the Knights of Columbus at 2009 Gillionville Road Saturday and Sunday.
The show will be conducted from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. During that timeframe, 30 dealers will be on hand to buy, sell or trade coins, paper money, gold, silver, copper, tokens and other items including jewelry and semi-precious stones.
“They can find any coin they are collecting there,” said Audrey Warren of the Albany Coin and Jewelry Co. and a coordinator of the event.
Free appraisals will be available for small items. The American Numismatic Association will be doing gradings on site, Warren said.
In addition, a raffle that will include three to six types of coins is scheduled. A copper bullion bar, a silver eagle coin — and possibly a gold piece — will be among the items on the block, Warren said.
New to the show this year is an educational program being put on by the Albany Coin Club for youngsters interested in getting into coin collecting. The program is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The free educational program, while catered to the show’s younger attendees, is open to adults as well. Participants of the Saturday-afternoon session will learn about wheat cents and be given a penny folder in which to collect coins, Warren said.
“There are a lot of people looking for a way to invest in money because of the stock market,” said Warren regarding the interest in the event. “They are looking for somewhere else to put investments.”
Warren said the show averages an attendance of 400-450 people, and brings in people from Valdosta, Jacksonville, Fla., Tallahassee, Fla., and Columbus, as well as other places.
Admission to the show is $1 at the door for attendees ages 12 or older. For more information, call Warren at (229) 886-2455.