North Hills club presents the other side of the coin
Anyone curious about the value or condition of an old coin can bring it to the Northland Public Library on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., when members of the North Hills Coin Club will be on hand to offer their expertise.
As a prelude to National Coin Week, which is April 21 to 27, the club also will have an exhibit of several collections at the library during that time. Visitors can look at things such as gold coins, silver dollars and even two-cent pieces, club President Bob Foley said.
He said curious coin collectors should bring in their pieces, no matter the age or kind.
“Any numismatic money, whatsoever, even medals,” said Foley, about what to bring. “We'll have a number of collectors there that specialize in different areas.”
Tokens also are included, Foley said.
Club members will give an informal estimated value and level of condition of the piece, as well as ideas on where people can sell their coins, if they are interested.
Foley, of Kennedy Township, said children are welcome to bring in coins for the event.
Club member Stephen Laschon, a past president, owns American Coin Rarities in Coraopolis and said it's a good idea to find out about a coin before trying to sell it.
“We'll give them a general true value of what something is worth,” said Laschon, 35, of Kilbuck Township. “We're sort of an educational-service type of club.”
The North Hills Coin Club has approximately 30 active members, said Foley, a founding member of the club, which started in 2004.
Jane Jubb, adult services manager for the library, said the show will be held on the first floor of the library, and people can come and go as they please. No preregistration is required.
“We try to offer as much of a variety in our programming as (possible) to attract as many people to the library as we can,” said Jubb, who has been working at the library for more than 30 years.
Jubb, a Franklin Park resident, said complimentary coffee and treats will be available at the event.
Foley, 58, started coin collecting when he was 8 and said many numismatic collectors don't acquire pieces just for value but because of historical aspects. He has approximately 100 coins in his collections but said some members might have thousands.
And pieces don't have to be old or antique to be valuable, as there are many modern coins that have value, such as those with a mint-made error, he said.
Laschon said the anticipation of what they might see makes these events fun for the coin-club members.
“You just never know what's going to walk through the door,” he said.
Natalie Beneviat is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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