Time travel may be impossible, but there are other methods to visit the past. One way is through artifacts, such as coins.
Coins from various countries and eras, circa 500 B.C.to 2015, will be exhibited during the annual South Delaware Coin Show, which will be held in the Bingo Hall at American Legion Post 28 in Millsboro on Saturday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hundreds of coin collectors are expected to gather for the event. Some will make the short drive from surrounding areas, such as Georgetown, Lewes and Bethany Beach, while others will travel longer distances, from D.C. and Glen Burnie, Md.
There will be 15 dealers, including Crown Jewel Coins & Currencies and RNH Collectibles.
Jeff Glase, the founder of the Southern Delaware Coin Club and retired logistics analyst, is organizing the event. His collection is 45 years in the making and is worth more than $100,000. He has collected international currencies since living in West Germany. Now, he owns 2,500 pieces of paper money from around the world and 3,000 foreign coins — some dating back to 460 B.C. He also owns two pieces of currency from the Civil War.
“One is a $50 and one is $100, and they’re certified. They’re real ones. I’ll part with them for about $500 — just those two,” Glase said.
But what is his most-prized possession?
“I got a set of coins — it’s a four-coin set that I am sitting on. If I ever, ever have to sell anything, that would be the last thing I sell,” Glase said. “That is a 10-, a 25-, a 50- and a 100-dollar platinum set. They’re all made out of platinum, which is more expensive than gold.”
Glase is also a member of the American Numismatic Association. Since its founding in 1891, ANA has grown to be the largest non-profit organization of coin collectors in the world.
The South Delaware Coin Show is free to the public. For more information, contact Jeff Glase at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Ally Lanasa