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February 12, 2014

Annual coin show is investment in fun and learning

ORANGE — A hobby for some, but a business for others, coins are the name of the game this weekend.

The Greater Orange Coin Club will hold its annual Spring Show from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, at the VFW Hall at 5303 N. 16th St. in Orange. Admission is $2 at the door for adults and children are admitted free. There will be free appraisals for those who are interested in determining what those rare coins might be worth, plus vendors will be offering a variety of rare coins, paper money, jewelry and bullion for sale.

Delton Anthony of Gist, who is the co-chair for this year’s coin show, believes coins are a fun and historic.

“I got interested in coins in the late ’50s when I was in high school,” Anthony said. “As with most things, you grow up and get married and get out of things for a while. I got back into coins in the late ’90s and joined the coin club. I have learned a lot from just being in the coin club. It’s an interesting hobby that I love to do, and there is a lot of history in coins with our country too.”

Anthony said a highlight of the two-day event is the children’s auction, which is held at 2 p.m., Saturday. Children are able to use play money, which is provided by event organizers upon registration, to bid on a variety of items the children hope to win, such a coin books, rare coins and paper money and more.

“The kids have a lot of fun with that and a lot of our vendors and club members make really nice donations for items to be used in the auction,” he added. “It gets kids excited about collecting.”

Whether you hope to sell coins or just obtain an estimated value, there are enough dealers on location to help you determine your options, according to Anthony.

“We’ll have at least 20 vendors at the show this weekend, and people will have the chance to see what those vendors can offer,” he explained.

The event is suitable for the whole family and, according to Anthony, could be the start of a new hobby for years to come.

“I have learned so much over the years about coins,” Anthony said. “Not only has it been fun, but, if you do it right, you can make a little money too. And that’s not a bad thing.”

Visit www.greaterorangecoinclub.com for more information on the organization and the event.

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