NEVADA, Iowa- In an era when debit cards and on-line banking rule, its cold hard cash that rules at the Coin-O-Rama Show.The annual show by the Ames Coin Club features hundreds of varieties of coins and bills from the United States, foreign countries, and antiquities. One dealer from Minnesota had an Alexander the Great coin valued at over $400 dollars.
"The attraction for me is the historical value of the coins," said Christopher Seuntjens who runs Christopher's Coins in Des Moines. "Every coin that's ever made was made because of some significant historic event."
The show has collectors who look for different things. " Just in the US Coins alone there is literally hundreds of different types of coins. so there's something there for everybody.
The show has different collectors looking for different types of coins. "Just in US Coins alone there are literally hundreds of different types of coins," said Seuntjens. "So there's something there for everybody."
In an era of online banking, cash is still king for some.
"Having the plastic is okay, I understand that it's convenient but there's nothing like having cash," said Seuntjens. He also believes everyone should own gold and silver as a hedge against fluctuating currency values.