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Roadshow looks to buy collectibles

A traveling service that invites the public to sell coins and other collectibles is visiting the Best Western White Columns Inn.

The Ohio Valley Refinery & Roadshow was scheduled to be at the inn from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and again from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

The inn is at 1890 Washington Road in Thomson.

In a news release, the International Collectors Association said the service could spend $300,000 for antiquities, collectibles, and gold and silver items.

"Georgia is always a great place for war items," said Brittany Thomas, a publicist based in Springfield, Ill. In a telephone interview, Ms. Thomas said Georgia shows often produce bayonets, swords and other weapons, including Civil War items.

Ms. Thomas said the show also visited Thomson in January 2010.

She said the business has hundreds of people staging 65 to 70 shows each year in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

She said that Ohio Valley Refinery & Roadshow eliminates the middle man in finding and reselling collectibles and that the public usually is pleased to find the shows offer a higher price than they could get at a pawnshop.

According to the news release, a recent find was a letter written by George Washington to his wife's doctor. A gold coin collection sold for $107,000, and a Civil War pistol used in battle sold for $40,000, according to the news release.

The event is free to the public; no appointment is needed; and there is no limit to the number of items a person may present. Businesses that deal with precious metals are encouraged to call ahead and make an appointment with a representative.

The road show recently completed shows in the Atlanta area. The next month's schedule includes eight Georgia stops, including Savannah.

Anyone needing more information on the schedule, or who has questions about an item, may call (217) 726-7590.

According to the company's news release, an Ohio resident brought in a letter from Abraham Lincoln. The woman had owned the letter for 15 years and thought it was a forgery. A check determined that the letter was authentic, and the woman left the show $25,000 richer.

Web posted on Thursday, January 13, 2011

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