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Coin collector turns passion into business

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Coin collector turns passion into business

Coin specialist Lee Henderson has collected nearly 2,000 coins in a span of four decades. His most prized possession is a love token with his initials.


POSTED August 3, 2013 2:22 a.m.

Pick almost any coin of any metal and Lee Henderson can probably tell you its story.  The year, the history, how many there were, or are, in circulation, and why the particular person or animal was picked for the engraving.

His expertise in the field is substantial, and his personal collection is something worth bragging about.

“I’ve been collecting most of my life,” said Henderson. “My dad started me on it at the age of 10 in Germany. He was in the Army at the time, and as a family we traveled with him wherever he went. Coins were a way we bonded.  In total, I’ve been collecting coins for over 40 years.”

Henderson turned his passion into a profession where he buys and sells coins at Main Street Antiques located at 208 E. Main St. in Turlock.

With over 2,000 different coins in stock, Henderson also has hundreds of coins in a private collection.

“I have coins that range from $1 dollar to up $30,000,” said Henderson. “There are customers that are willing to pay that amount and some even more.”

But his most prized possession, a love token he bought several years ago for only $40.

“This coin is special to me because it has my initials engraved on it,” said Henderson. “I keep this coin in a special box hidden inside my store.”

Henderson does not plan to retire from the coin business anytime soon. He continues to search for the most unique items.

“To hold a little piece of history that’s over a thousand years old is remarkable,” said Henderson. “It’s what makes it all worth it.”

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