One venture into the Silver City Coin and Collectibles shop located at 531 Chetco Avenue and you will realize you are in more than just another coin shop.
Silver City offers something for everybody, from turn-of-the-century furniture, to vintage board games to sterling-silver jewelry.
“We want stuff that is unique and different and unusual,” said owner Bob Haas. “Every piece in here is hand selected and you can’t find pieces like this anywhere else.”
Items such as a hand crafted office table from the early 20th century are not easy to find, but it’s the type of signature item you can find at Haas’ shop.
Haas, who runs the store with his manager Tom Quinn, says his passion for collecting is part of what brought him to open his store and it’s the passion for collecting that keeps his enthusiasm.
“I was sitting here the other day with a big huge bag of buffalo nickels and I was going through them when someone came into the shop and asked what I was doing,” said Haas.
“I told them I was going through the bag of about 400 to 500 nickels and they asked, “How could you sit there and go through all those coins?” I told them, “It’s not work. I might find a 1926 S nickel in there, which is a $50 nickel.” I’ll sit here all night until I go through that entire bag or fall off the chair.”
Silver City offers not only unique wares but also provides several services. They deal in gold and silver bullion as well as providing coin slabbing, grading and collection completion services thanks to Haas’ many connections in the coin collecting industry.
“We can get just about any coin you could want, usually within one week,” proclaimed Haas, who takes road trips to the nooks-and-crannies of America to find those rare items displayed in the front window.
“It took me 1,000 miles to find this book,” said Haas as he holds up a rare “The Beverly Hillbillies” children’s book from the 1960s. “Being on the road all the time and knowing where all the little shops are, I’ve been able to hand select a lot of very unique items. When I’m on the road I visit my coin collecting friends and go to all the flea markets and estate sales and yard sales and auctions I can.”
Silver City Coin and Collectibles also plans to hold special events, such as autograph signings and a treasure hunt for children. Local author Steve Johnston is scheduled for an upcoming book signing on April 26 and Haas has also procured a dozen Rawlings baseballs to be signed by former Gold Beach resident and the oldest living baseball Hall of Famer, Bobby Doerr.
“We had to hunt him down and speak to his son, but he ultimately agreed to sign the balls with his signature, Hall of Fame, 1986 (the year he was inducted), the date and his date-of-birth. These are the only 12 baseballs in world signed that way,” said an excited Haas. “Rawlings sent him the baseballs and he is likely signing them as we speak.”
Silver City Coin is also holding their first annual “BoB the Coin Guy’s Treasure Hunt” where children 12 and younger can use clues to find the whereabouts of 12 uniquely stamped coins and then redeem the coins for specially marked merchandise at the store. The first clue is, “We may be in zip code 97415, but you’ll find this coin at 16495.”
“We want to do anything we can to get kids into collecting because it’s so much fun,” said Haas. “We’ve had such a great reception from the community. They say, “Oh wow! This is something that Brookings really needed. You have a little bit of everything here.”
So if you are looking for that rare coin to add to your collection or a unique one-of-a-kind item that is a surefire talking piece, head to Silver City Coin and Collectibles, where you are sure to find something for everyone in the family.
Silver City Coin and Collectibles is open from 8 a.m. till dusk, Monday through Saturday. For further information or to get clues to “BoB the Coin Guy’s Treasure Hunt” contact Bob Haas at 541-373-1266 or Tom Quinn at 541-661-2457.