Treasure hunters flock to Ironton

Published 10:29 am Thursday, May 6, 2010

Brett Allen of Coal Grove exchanged five Kennedy half-dollars for a check for $17.50 Tuesday. He walked away with a lighter pocket but a smile on his face.

“I’m pretty happy,” Allen said. “I had these just laying around.”

Allen’s coins, issued in 1964, were purchased by the Treasure Hunters Roadshow that is visiting the Ironton City Center this week.

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The roadshow is organized by the International Collectors Association. People with valuables they want to sell meet with roadshow buyers who make the purchase on behalf of collectors either in the United States or two foreign countries.

The buyers are looking for scrap gold, gold coins, silver coins issued prior to 1965, precious metals, war memorabilia, vintage jewelry, dolls, toy trains and musical instruments.

“I just bought a Les Paul guitar, nice guitar, ’73 model for $1,500,” roadshow manager Jason Zyla said.

Items should be something the collector can’t find on EBay.

“The key word is rare,” buyer Brian Scott explained. “Every mom has dishes but not every mom has sterling silver.”

The roadshow will continue today 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The final day is Friday. The hours Friday are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.