This Saturday, all kinds of old and rare coins, paper money and interesting collectibles can be found at the Marion Community Building.
The Marion Coin Club will hold its fourth annual coin show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Community Building, 191 N. Main St. This event will have free admission and free parking.
So far, the club has more than 30 tables lined up for this event. People who come to the coin show will be able to check out and buy antique coins, currency and other collectibles from the dealers who will be there. They can also bring their coins, currency and other items to sell or trade with the dealers, said Jeff Hicks, president of the Marion Coin Club.
“We had more than 500 come through last year,” he said. “This will be a buy, sell or trade event.”
Dealers will also sell books about coin and currency collecting, holders and other supplies for the hobby. A youth program will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This will be small class on numismatics, which is the study or collection of coins, tokens, paper money, and similar items.
Hicks said he and other club members hope this will encourage younger folks to get interested with the hobby.
Other collectible coins and currency will be on display only and not for sale. For example, Hicks showed The McDowell News some interesting items that will be available for the public to view. These included bank notes issued in the 1920s by the First National Bank of Marion. In those days, banks could issue their own form of money. He has other examples from the banks in Morganton, Elizabeth City and other cities in North Carolina. The First National Bank of Marion was granted a charter on Jan. 15, 1902. The bank issued a total of $912,550 in bank notes until it closed in 1935 and there was a total of $48,400 issued out by the bank when it shut its doors, according to Hicks.
In his collection, Hicks has old tokens that were used by local stores as a form of money for inexpensive purchases. He’s got tokens from J.W. Streetman’s store in Marion, J.E. Patton’s store in Old Fort and Bryson-Snyder general merchandise store in Old Fort. He’s also got a commemorative coin that was struck for the quasquicentennial in 1968 when McDowell County celebrated its 125th anniversary.
Fred McCurry, the club’s vice president, has an impressive collection of gold coins including some of the famous Bechtler coins minted in nearby Rutherford County, a special coin that was minted from gold that came from the Lucky Strike Mine in Vein Mountain and a Krugerrand from South Africa. He also has some counterfeit coins, which are hard to come by.
The coin show will have a raffle for door prizes every hour. The prizes will include mint and proof sets of coins.
Representatives with Special Olympics will do the concessions. Security will be provided for the dealers and the collectors.
The Marion Coin Club was started in June 2014 and now has 60 members. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at the Corpening Memorial YMCA.
For more information, contact Jeff Hicks at 460-7867.