The International Coin Collector’s Association is in Woods Cross now through Jan. 7 at the Comfort Inn and Suites, located at 2437 Wildcat Way in Woods Cross. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday), ICCA experts will be looking over rare coins, paper money, and gold and silver residents bring in to see if they’re interested in buying anything.
“The economy being down has brought more people into our events,” said Tyler Kelly, a spokesperson for the group. “People are looking for extra ways to get a little cash.”
The ICCA is part of THR and Associates, the group who also brought the Treasure Hunters Roadshow, Premiere Estate Buyers and the Ohio Valley Roadshow to Woods Cross in 2011.
“The community seems to really get involved in what we do,” said Kelly. “That’s the reason we’re able to keep coming back.”
The ICCA’s official policy is that they will make an offer to purchase all gold coins, silver coins made before 1970, and paper money printed before 1934. The amount of the offer, however, will depend on a number of factors, including the rarity and condition of the items.
Another factor is the amount of actual gold or silver in the item, which means that some coins might be worth more than they seem to be on the surface.
“What many people don’t realize is that most coins made before 1950 are 90 percent silver,” he said. “With the price of gold and silver going up, they might be worth more than their face value.”
Residents can also bring in broken, mismatched or unusable jewelry to have them checked for gold or silver content.
“Bring everything in,” said Kelly. “Sometimes the best part is when you think something isn’t worth anything, and then you find out that it is.”