0

Coin enthusiasts to gather in Albany

Reynolds Horton displays some of the rare coins in his collection, promoting the upcoming coin show in Albany.

Reynolds Horton displays some of the rare coins in his collection, promoting the upcoming coin show in Albany.

ALBANY, Ga. -- The numismatists are coming. In fact, they'll be all over Albany this Saturday and Sunday.

photo

Joe Bellacomo

Reynolds Horton displays some of the rare coins in his collection, promoting the upcoming coin show in Albany.

Despite their imposing title, there's nothing to fear. They're just coin collectors.

The sixth annual Albany Coin and Money Show is planned Saturday and Sunday at the Knights of Columbus hall at 2009 Gillionville Road. Shows begin at 10 a.m. both days and end at 6 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Audrey Warren, a coin dealer who organizes the show for the Southwest Georgia Coin Club, said the weekend event will feature coins, paper money, gold, silver, Civil War tokens, scrap gold and silver jewelry, foreign and ancient coin, state quarters, presidential dollars, proof sets, gems, minerals, fossils and jewelry.

"We've got 29 vendors signed up for the show, including a 10-year-old who participates with his grandfather and specializes in ancient coins," she said.

"We have another guy who has a lot of Disney memorabilia. Another has antique watches and pocket watches, so it's much more than just coins."

Warren said most dealers at the show will be willing to offer free appraisals on small collections. Most vendors, she said, are willing to buy, sell or trade coins.

"If you have a coin, or several items, that you want to find out the value, most vendors will be glad to assist people," she said. "Don't bring in large collections. They don't have time to go through that during the show."

Warren said Mike Ellis, a member of the local coin club, will conduct a program for young collectors, or children who may want to begin collecting, at 1 p.m. Saturday. Ellis is a nationally known expert in grading coins and an authority on numerous aspects of the hobby.

Admission is $1 at the door. Warren said children age 15 and under will be admitted free.

Members of the Southwest Georgia Coin Club will be selling raffle tickets at the show to give those attending a chance to win several valuable coins.