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Treasure Hunters come to Hall in search of antiques

POSTED: April 8, 2009 11:32 p.m.
SARA GUEVARA/The Times

Treasure Hunters Roadshow buyer Matthew Graham, right, takes a look at a shielded nickel brought in by Denny, center, and Linda Cohen of Flowery Branch. Denny Cohen brought in his coin collection, which he started in 1954 with his mother.

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Have a coin collection? A World War II rifle? Antique jewelry? It could be worth a lot of money.

The Treasure Hunters Roadshow will be at the Quality Inn & Suites in Gainesville through Saturday to appraise and purchase collectibles and antiques.

"We have a database of over 6,000 collectors and we are actually buying for the collectors. They actually front the money for us to purchase items for them. So we kind of act as a middleman," said Public Relations Director Matthew Enright. "We actually pay on the spot."

Collectors are looking for a variety items such as guitars, war memorabilia and toys.

Enright encouraged anyone with a unique item to bring it in for appraisal.

"We’ve got about six experts in town this week," Enright said.

John Beard, the manager of the Gainesville show, said since they set up on Tuesday, they’ve bought around $34,000 worth of collectibles.

But the most unique items they bought came from an old scrapbook within an antique Louis Vuitton suitcase.

"In the scrapbook here, this is an invitation to the Grover Cleveland and Frances Folsom wedding," Beard said. "He’s the only seated president to ever be married in the White House, which makes it pretty cool."

Also in the suitcase was a thank you note from Frances Cleveland sent on executive mansion stationary.

Linda and Denny Cohen of Flowery Branch brought in a coin collection for appraisal Wednesday.

Linda Cohen said she saw an advertisement for the Treasure Hunter’s Roadshow and thought it would be worthwhile to take the collection that Denny Cohen started as a child with his mother.

"They’ve been sitting in a safe for years and years," she said. "He doesn’t collect anymore."

Beard said many Gainesville residents have brought in coins.

Coins made in certain years or locations are valuable to collectors because of their rarity.

One example is a Morgan Dollar minted in Carson City, Nev.

"Morgan dollars were made from the 1870s through 1921. The most rare Morgan is an 1895. It starts out at about $12,000," Beard said. "They didn’t make that many in Carson City, Nev., so that makes them pretty special."

Because of the economy, many are looking for ways to make extra money and will be willing to part with valuable collectibles.

"I’m going to say it’s a great time to cash in on precious metals especially," Beard said. "In this economy a lot of people are cashing out."

Enright said an advantage of bringing valuables to the Treasure Hunters Roadshow is that people can leave with cash.

"They walk home with money in their hand and are able to get rid of some maybe unwanted things that are just sitting in their attic," Enright said.



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