Coin show is for collectors as well as the curious

At the 19th annual Coin and Stamp Show, nearly 50 vendors from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California and as far away as Connecticut will be exhibiting, trading and selling coins from around the world. On hand will be U.S. territorial gold coins, as well as coins from Greece, Italy, the Middle East and more.

For anyone who is new to coin collecting, or who has never been to a major coin show, here are a few tips to make the show more enjoyable:

• Plan to arrive early in the day rather than later. This will allow plenty of time to look at all the exhibits and talk with dealers.

• Bring a good coin guide with prices for reference. There will be many coin dealers at the show. Find out who can offer the best value by having the current pricing chart handy and visible.

• Bring a notebook or use the memo function in your smart phone to keep track of contact information for dealers you may want to contact again in the future.

The show will be held Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free to the public and coin appraisals will be available.