Treasures abound at Florence Coin Show this weekend


Treasures abound at Florence Coin Show this weekend

Aug. 17, 2019 — The 22nd annual Coin and Stamp Show is coming to the Florence Events Center on Saturday, Aug. 17, and Sunday, Aug. 18. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is FREE and coin appraisals will be available.

Exhibitors will display coins from the United States and around the world, including Greek and Roman coins, territorial gold coins, and hundreds more. For anyone who is new to coin collecting or who has never been to a major coin show before, here are a few tips: Plan to arrive early to allow plenty of time to look at all the exhibits; bring a good coin guide with prices for reference; bring a notebook to keep track of contact information for dealers that might become good contacts for future needs.

Twenty-two years ago, in 1997, Florence coin dealer George Brower and Sweet Home coin dealer Dennis Hankins got together and decided to host a coin show here in Florence, Ore. The Florence Events Center had just been built and was looking for events to host in its brand-new facility. It was like a major meeting of the minds.

The result was the Florence Coin Show, which is the second longest running event at the Florence Events Center.

From its humble beginnings, the Florence Coin Show has grown to be one of the most respected coin shows in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. The show
has grown from just a handful of dealers to its present size of over 60 bourse
tables and about 30 paid dealers, many attending from Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho and even from as far away as New York and other
New England states.

In addition, numerous visiting dealers attend the show, many of whom hope to be included in the next year’s event.

Over the years, many rare and interesting coins, tokens and stamps have been bought and sold at this show. Not only ancient to common coins of today, there have been coins like the rare 1849 Oregon $5 Beaver gold coin, the rare 1878 proof 20 cent coin to the rare $4 gold Stella’s.

There is something for everyone.

From 2001 to 2017, the show issued free tokens commemorating the show, which are now prized and sought-after collectibles.

In 2014, Brower decided to retire from putting on the show and sold his interest in the show to Florence coin dealer Terry Woodward, who used to put on coin shows in California and Nevada.

The Florence Coin Show will be held on Aug. 17 and 18 — and who knows what treasures will be found there.

For more information, contact Woodward at 541-997-2682.

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