TAMPA - A penny for your thoughts? How about $1 million for a penny? A coin coined the “Million Dollar Penny” is on display today at the Florida United Numismatists 56th Anniversary FUN Coin Show at the Tampa Convention Center.
The pricey penny is a legendary bronze coin from 1943. The million dollar piece is just one of many coins being showcased with more than 500 display booths and over 2,000 dealers buying and selling gold, silver, rare coins and old paper money.
The event is expected to draw coin clubs and collectors from all over the country.
The four day event will include free appraisals for coins and currency, free educational lectures about coins and collecting, rare coin and paper money auctions and information about how to invest in precious metals.
According to the executive producer of Coin Television David Lisot, dealers will be ready to buy the coins and old paper money that people bring for the free appraisals.
“This convention is filled with stories about coins and collectibles a person may have stashed away at home that could be worth a fortune,” he wrote in the event’s press release.
The event will be open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. from Thursday to Sunday, and admission is free.
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