(Oct. 4, 2019) At least 25 coin and currency dealers will showcase their collections this weekend at the convention center on 40th Street during the 20th annual OC Coin and Currency show.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and appraisals are free. Visitors can buy, sell or trade coins with participating vendors during the event.
“There will be a lot of museum-quality pieces, early American coins, a lot of foreign and currency like gold bullion and silver bullion and platinum,” Promoter Carl Ostiguy said. “I have coins from a shipwreck called the El Cazador, a Spanish brig that sunk in the Gulf of Mexico in 1784 on its way to Louisiana.
“They found it in 1995, but they only recovered half the treasure,” he continued. “They believe pirates were able to get half the treasure off the ship before it sank.”
Currency from shipwrecks, large and small sized coins, early American to colonial and treasure coins will all be featured in the show. Vendors and dealers will also have coins and currency from all over the world.
“There’s a lot of history behinds some coins,” Ostiguy said. “We have stuff there that ranges from high end to affordable for beginning collectors. It’s a very good family activity. A lot of kids come with their parents and they learn about the different coins and they get involved.”
Different mixtures of precious and semiprecious metals were used to make older coins, so their value is higher. Coins from 1964 and earlier are generally worth more than face value, he said.
Hundreds of people are expected to visit the convention center this weekend for the show, which is hosted by the Salisbury Coin Club. Members of the Metal Detector Society will also be at the show. There could also be members of the Boy Scouts working for their coin merit badges at the event.
Last year, around 300 people attended the event.
“I’ve been doing this for 45 years now and it’s a lot of fun and a lot of people enjoy collecting,” Ostiguy said.
Ostiguy also encourages attendees to check out the half-price bins. Dealers can price out coins and currency or attendees may choose to sell their collections and pieces.