By CHAD ABSHIRE
Those with buried treasure might want to considering digging it up, as Williamson is the next stop on the list for the International Coin Collectors Association’s world tour.
From March 27-31 at the Sycamore Inn at the Brass Tree on Prichard Street, the ICCA will be purchasing coins, paper currency, gold and silver on behalf of their global network of collectors, dealers and refineries.
The event is free and open to the public. The hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday.
“We hope to spend at least $200,000 while we are in town by purchasing people’s old coin collections, vintage bank notes and scrap gold, silver and diamonds,” ICCA spokesperson Dennis Couts said. “We buy a lot of class rings, mismatched earrings and broken necklaces.
Traveling from small towns to large cities, the ICCA hosts hundreds of events each year where local residents bring in precious metals, diamonds and paper currency 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 1970 and paper currency printed prior to 1934.
The amount of the offer depends on the silver or gold content, the collectability, the rarity and the condition of the items. The ICCA will pays on the spot with no hidden fees if the price is right.
Keep an open mind when going through attics and closets, because something invaluable to one person could turn out to be a novelty piece. Whether its an old pocket watch, a can of coins or a class ring from high school, ICCA will assess it and test it for free.
Useless junk could turn into a fortune.
For more information or directions, call 217-787-7767.
“Just a small handful of gold can add up to hundreds of dollars very quickly. I encourage everyone to clean out their drawers, lock boxes and jewelry boxes, and bring their items to our show for a free evaluation and perhaps walk out a little richer,” Couts said.