It’s all in the coin’s rarity, as Jessica Talley and Shannon Williams found out Friday at the Treasure Hunter’s Roadshow.
Buyers set up tables and displays inside the conference building at the KOA campgrounds in Calhoun last week. They inspected jewelry, coins and collectibles that locals brought in, hoping to walk out with a little cash.
Coins, gold and silver are the best sellers, explained buyer Jaryd Gerhart, and it helps to “have a good name” on collectibles.
Bought items make their way to one of the 6,000 collectibles the roadshow buyers are in contact with.
Valuable purchases in Calhoun last week included a wooden set of golf clubs, a mantel clock and the aforementioned $500 wheat penny.
“It’s not how old they are; it’s how rare they are,” buyer Gary Easmunt explained to Talley and Williams who had brought in an assortment of old coins, including pennies and a quarter Easmunt valued at $2.50.
Gerhart pointed out that this roadshow is different from the popular television show “Antiques Roadshow” in that buyers do not offer appraisals of items, just fair market value. A collectible, he said, is ultimately only worth the amount someone will pay.
This team, one of about 50 affiliated with the roadshow, travels between Georgia, Alabama and Florida, he said.
He said he was pleased with the turnout the team saw in Calhoun — would-be sellers packed the conference building to “standing room only” capacity the first three days of the show.
Given the success of this trip, the roadshow may return in the next six to nine months, he said.