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Ohio Valley Refinery & Roadshow Is In Emmetsburg This Week

By Staff | May 3, 2011

“We have seen some of the coolest stuff.” And now they’re coming to Emmetsburg.

Matthew Enright, vice president of media for the Ohio Valley Refinery & Roadshow, gets very animated when he talks about the roadshow.

“We have seen documents from James Monroe, which were very cool and the owner didn’t know they were authentic. We even had a person bring in a 19th century electric chair,” said Enright.

The Ohio Valley Refinery & Roadshow will be in Emmetsburg today through Saturday, May 3-7, at Wild Rose Casino & Resort, Highway 18 East. They will be at the Casino from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We’re basically there to buy,” said Enright. He explained how the process works: people bring their treasures to the roadshow, they register and are given a number. People have the opportunity to sit down with experts to look at the treasures they have brought.

“We contact our researchers and we find collectors we have worked with in the past to put a value on each item,” Enright said. “The roadshow makes offers based on what collectors are willing to pay. If the person decides to sell, we can purchase the item then and there. About 80-percent of what we see is purchased. Collectors have set aside $300,000 to be distributed to Emmetsburg residents for their items during the free five day event. This will be quite a boost to the economy.”

If you have gold silver, antiques or other rare collectibles lying around your house, the Ohio Valley Refinery & Roadshow wants to see them.

Enright said they see a lot of old coins, for which there are collectors across the globe. At one show there was a gold coin worth $112,000.

“Coins minted in 1964 and before are 90-percent silver,” he said. “In addition to the silver, they are highly collectible. It’s quite incredible what this has done for coins.”

He added, “We focus a lot on precious metals, and now is a really great time to sell. The price of gold is continually breaking records. Gold and silver are hitting all-time highs and with the state of the economy, people everywhere are cashing in broken chains, necklaces and rings and taking advantage of the market.”

The Ohio Valley Refinery & Roadshow is able to offer fair prices because it has its own refinery operation. Refineries typically do not do business with the public-rather, they deal with precious metal accumulators like jewelry shows, pawn shops, dental practices and industrial facilities that trade with some form of precious metal. All local area businesses that deal with precious metals are encouraged to call ahead and make an appointment with one of our representatives.

In addition to coins and precious metals, people often bring guitars and other musical instruments, sports memorabilia and war memorabilia to the show.

“At one show we researched a Civil War sword back to the soldier who carried it,” said Enright. “At another show a man brought in an emblem from the front of a German train from World War II. We see a lot of amazing things.”

“Collectors are very serious about their hobby and will pay a lot of money for the items they are looking for. Nearly all coins and paper currency, vintage jewelry, war memorabilia, musical instruments and toys made prior to 1965 are highly sought after by collectors,” said Enright.

There are no appointments needed for the general public to sell their items. The event is free and there is no limit to the number of items that can be brought in. Over 1,000 people are expected to attend the event.

The company is based in Springfield, IL.