Coin collectors seeking purchases in Plaquemine

Staff reports

Currently on a global tour, the International Coin Collectors Association (ICCA) began a search stop in Plaquemine at the Best Western two days ago for coins, paper currency, and gold and silver on behalf of their global network of collectors, dealers, and refineries.

The Plaquemine stop continues today (Thursday, July 28) through this Saturday. The show hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This special event is free and open to the public.

ICCA spokesman Mark Cooper says, “We hope to spend at least $250,000 while we are in town, purchasing people’s old coin collections, vintage bank notes and scrap gold and silver. It’s been all over the news – gold and silver are trading at record highs – and people everywhere are scrambling to cash in. We buy a lot of class rings, mismatched earrings and broken necklaces. Just a small handful of gold can add up to hundreds of dollars very quickly.”

Cooper continues, “Old coins are also very valuable. An ultra-rare 1894 S Barber dime sold for a whopping $1.9 million in 2007. We recently paid $120,000 for a coin collection in N.C. and even $300 for a single penny in Ga. I encourage everyone to clean out their drawers, lock boxes, jewelry boxes and bring their items to our show for a free evaluation and perhaps walk out a little richer!”

Traveling from small towns to large cities, the ICCA hosts hundreds of events each year where local residents are encouraged to bring in their precious metals, old coins and paper money 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 1965 and paper money 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. If the guest decides to accept the offer made, a check will be issued on the spot.

Parent company of the ICCA, THR & Associates is the largest and most-successful company of its kind in the world. For more information and to schedule an interview, contact Matthew Enright at

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