Dalton area shoppers might want to check their change a little more closely in April.
To draw attention to the Georgia Numismatic Association coin show at the trade center, organizers plan to drop a rare 1914-D penny into circulation somewhere in Dalton. Anyone who finds the coin can return it during the coin show and receive $250 after it’s authenticated.
The show takes place April 19 through April 21, and sometime in the week before that someone associated with the show will spend that penny at a Dalton area store. Organizers hope the coin drop draws attention to the show as well as to National Coin Week, which starts April 21.
The show is the largest coin show in Dalton and the second largest regional show in the Southeast, according to General Manager Tom Youngblood.
“We usually have 1,600 to 2,000 people,” he said. “We will have over 300 dealer tables. That’s just for coin and paper money dealers. We’ll have another 25 tables for books and supplies, plus tables for exhibits. We’ll have dealers from New York, from Arkansas, from California, from almost all over the nation.”
Organizers are planning some special attractions for this year’s show.
“The American Numismatic Association is bringing their money museum mini-display. They are going to bring an 1804 dollar, a 1913 Liberty nickel and some other things,” Youngblood said. “Just the 1804 dollar and the 1913 Liberty nickel have an insured value of $7 million. The total display will be just north of $8 million.”
Admission to the show is free, and Youngblood said the show will feature free educational exhibits and workshops featuring some of the top names in coin collecting.
“On Saturday at 1 p.m., we’ll have a program just for young numismatists, anybody up to 18, that’s interested in coin collecting. All the participants will get goody bags with coins and tokens and coin supplies,” Youngblood said.