Dan Jones

Local man follows his passion in coins and medals

 

 

By Jolene Perron

“I was first interested in coins starting at the age of 10, collecting coins from my pocket change. I used to go to the bank to get a roll or two of coins to search through to find one for my collection. Then I would return the roll and take out another roll. The bank finally cut me off as the tellers had better things to do than just supply me with rolls to search through.”

Dan Jones explained, he is a retired high school teacher who previously taught business and special education for 33 years. He was also an estate auctioneer, conducting household property auctions in the Kingsville area.

He has been buying coins and military medals since he was 18-years-old.

Dan Jones has been buying and collecting coins and military medals since he was 18-years-old. (Submitted photo)

“I always found them fascinating pieces of history,” explained Jones. “Also many of the estates we conducted auctions for also had coins collections to sell.”

In Amherstburg, he typically sets up at the K of C Hall on Richmond St. where customers can bring in their old jewellery, gold, sterling silver, or coins for a free no obligation estimate. He said using his many reference books, he makes them a cash offer, and if they like the offer, a receipt is written up and the customer is paid. They can even get a free estimate and take everything home to think it over.

“All jewellery is weighed and separated into 10, 14, 18 22kt gold and the offer made is based on the gold content,” explained Jones. “Coins are purchased based on their condition, demand and scarcity. Some modern coins with a mint error, mistake in making, can be worth more than a Roman Coin thousands of years old.”

The most interesting piece he ever came across, was a 1935 $25 Canadian bill, which brought the customer $950, as there were only 1,801 made.

Jones said he encourages everyone to clean out their drawers and bring in their broken windup watches, sterling silver or gold jewellery for free estimates and identifications.