ABC 25 Local Lifestyles – Big Coin Show (10/01/19)


JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY KNOWS BOB ZIMMERMAN FROM THE BIG WIN AUCTION. TODAY HE’S WEARING ANOTHER HAT, THAT OF COT HOST OF INDIANA STATE COIN SHOW. HE’S WITH DEALER JOE LEMMONS. WELCOME, GENTLEMEN. I’M CURIOUS ABOUT THE INDIANA STATE SHOW AND HAVING IT HERE IN EVANSVILLE AGAINST INDY OR SOMEPLACE ELSE. WHY EVANSVILLE? WELL, THEY FOUND THAT THEY COULD COME TO EVANSVILLE AND PUT ON A BIG SHOW FOR ABOUT HALF AS MUCH AS INDY. WE GOT 100 PLUS TABLES OF DEALERS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. FAR AWAY AS OREGON, TEXAS. THAT’S EXCITING FOR THE CITY, THOUGH. WE HAVE GOTTEN TO THE PLACE WHERE WE CAN HOST LARGE VENUES. WHERE WILL YOU BE, JOE? IT’S GOING TO BE AT THE OLD NATIONAL EVENTS PLAZA 9:00 TO 4:00 FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. BOB, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO BE DOING OVER THERE? KEEPING TRACK ON HIM. KEEPING TRACK ON HIM? AGAIN, IT’S FREE ADMISSION. FREE PARKING RIGHT NEXT DOOR. WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL VENUE WITH THAT OLD NATIONAL — I THINK WE’RE SHOWING THAT OFF, BRINGING THEM IN. THEY COME FROM INDIANAPOLIS, ST. LOUIS, NASHVILLE, FROM ALL OVER THE STATES, ABOUT 25 STATES ARE BEING REPRESENTED. I’LL BE USHERING AROUND, KEEPING TRACK OF THINGS. IF THERE’S A PROBLEM I’M PROBABLY THE ONE — SEE BOB. THAT’S RIGHT. WE’LL WEARING PRETTY LITTLE RED HATS. WE’RE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. WE HAVEN’T HAD A BIG SHOW LIKE THIS IN 50 YEARS. THAT IS GOOD NEWS. LAST TIME WAS — 1962 WAS OUR LAST STATE SHOW WE HELD IN EVANSVILLE. IT’S ABOUT TIME THEN. I THINK SO. LET’S TALK ABOUT JUST THE COLLECTING COINS AND THE INTEREST IN THAT. IF PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO BE INTERESTED IN COLLECTING COINS, JOE, HOW DO YOU START? WHERE DO YOU BEGIN WITH A PASSION LIKE THIS? I STARTED AS A SMALL CHILD. MOTHERS AND FATHERS OUT THERE, BRING YOUR KIDS. EACH KID UNDER 15 GETS A FREE COIN. WONDERFUL. SO THEY CAN LOOK AROUND. THEY CAN SEE WHAT THEY ARE INTERESTED IN. WE ALSO HAVE THE AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL QUARTERS BEING CIRCULATED RIGHT NOW. YOU CAN ACTUALLY COLLECT THOSE FROM A BANK. JUST GO TO THE BANK AND BUY QUARTERS. START YOUR COLLECTION THAT WAY. THEY ARE PUT OUT IN A LIMITED EDITION BY THE U.S. MINT. THERE’S A SHORTAGE OF THEM. SO THEY ARE INSTANT — ARE THEY AVAILABLE NOW? AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW. THE PURPOSE WAS U.S. MINT WANTED PEOPLE TO LOOK THROUGH THEIR CHANGE. YOU CAN GO DOWN TO THE BANK AND GET THEM. WITH THE W ON IT, FOR WEST POINT. THE FIRST ONE I SAW POP UP ON GOOGLE WAS OFFERED AT $100. THIS IS HOW RARE THEY ARE. NOW THEY ARE DOWN TO 15 OR $20 APIECE FOR A QUARTER. YOU CAN FINDS IT IN YOUR OWN CHANGE. IF YOU WANT TO MAKE SOME MONEY REAL QUICK — ABSOLUTELY. YOU HAVE ANOTHER COIN YOU WANTED TO SHOW. TELL US ABOUT THIS. WELL, I LIKE TO COLLECT ODD THINGS. I STARTED COLLECTING EVANSVILLE ITEMS. TOKENS, THERE’S A LOT OF STUFF YOU CAN GET FROM YOUR — THAT HAS TO DO WITH EVANSVILLE. I CAME ACROSS THIS ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO. NEVER KNEW IT EXISTED. HOLD IT UP THERE. WHAT IS IT? WELL, THIS WAS EVANSVILLE’S 150th ANNIVERSARY. IT WAS NISHED 1962, ROBERT EVANS ON ONE SIDE AND THEY ARE NUMBERED. JUST HOLD YOUR FOCUS RIGHT THERE. HOPEFULLY I DON’T HAVE IT UPSIDE DOWN. I THINK IT LOOKS GOOD. THERE YOU GO. NUMBER 305. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW MANY THEY MINTED. I’M ASSUMING A THOUSAND OR SO. I CAME ACROSS THIS AND IT’S A GEM TO ME. THAT’S ONE OF THE JOYS. IF YOU WANT TO SEE THIS SORT OF COIN AND OTHER THINGS YOU CAN COLLECT, THIS IS THE WEEKEND TO DO IT. THANK YOU, GENTLEMAN. THE INDEPENDENT STATE COIN SHOW. LET’S CHECK IN WITH RON RHODES. IT’S GOING TO BE A NICE WEEKEND. NOT SO NICE THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. I’LL BE BACK TO TELL YOU MORE, COMING UP.

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