This past week two collectors organizations sent out their crews to scour the land for valuable coins and antiques. The Canadian Collectors Roadshow was in Merritt last week (their website doesn't appear to be finished) and this week The Treasure Hunter's Roadshow is here and they are buying, among other things, jewelry, toys, silverware and coins based on silver and gold value.
Generally they offered 5 to 7 x face value on my silver coins (depends on the year and consequent silver content) but one surprise was a little elephant that was assessed to be worth 400 dollars ( as a collectable) by the CCR.
|NO WAY DUDE! (or words to that effect regarding the worth of the little silver elephant)|
|One lady brought in a miniature ladies razor...the box was just over an inch long.|
|Ephemera from the past...|
It should be mentioned that foreign coin is purchased in 'bulk' by these groups when they do determine there may be gold/silver present I was told. While I have chosen to hang onto my few coins I don't think it's the worst idea to get rid of silver and gold in this way- providing you know that you are not potentially selling a collectible coin for just it's metal's worth!
The two following photos show the type of items the Canadian Collectors Roadshow looks for.
Before going to one of these types of venues it would pay to invest in some time to evaluate your collectables- write down the denominations and years of your coins and make a note of their condition and then find a coin catalog at the library or online. There are key dates for almost every coin- some are scarcer than others or may have aberrations that make them uniquely valuable.
|Treasure Hunters Roadshow Display|
Have your item well lit but not so that there is glare on it.
Get as close to the item with your lens as the camera allows to still maintain sharp focus. Use a tripod or otherwise stabilize the camera.
Photograph each piece from a few angles- especially if there is a 'good' and 'bad' side. Coins naturally have two sides. If you have a laptop it's quite convenient to set the coin on the monitor frame with a white background and shining a light on it.