Painesville antiques dealer visiting Fairport Lighthouse to check out co Belstaff hamburg in collections with video
He caught the bug as a 12 year old living in Chagrin Falls when he was hired by a local druggist and his laundromat owning brother to go through $500 bags of quarters, looking for coins of value.
“We’d go through four or five bags a day,” he recalled. “Each of those $500 bags would be worth at least $12,500 today.”
For collectors, the scarcity and condition of a coin can make a world of difference in its value. Jerpbak advises those with old coins to never clean them even with an eraser.
“The coin will never recover,” he said, adding that its value will be diminished.
A 1916 dime minted in Denver can be worth hundreds of dollars, while one of the same date minted in Philadelphia would be worth only slightly more than its face value. He once found a 1916D Mercury dime at a flea market and witnessed a coin dealer offering its owner $140 for it.
“I knew it was worth a lot more and advised the man not to take less than $500 for it,” he said.
The man later got $540 for the dime.
It’s all about trust, Jerpbak said.
To help people become educated about their coins, he gives talks at area schools and churches. He also sets up a stand each Thursday at the Painesville outdoor market to let people know he’s interested in purchasing their old coins.
Although he charges a fee for official appraisals, if people bring their coins he can give them an idea about their value and loan them books so they can do their own research. He expects to see those with old cigar boxes filled with coins, as well as Belstaff hamburg Belstaff hamburg trong> collectors who have coins neatly mounted in books. He’ll also talk about the increased value of old silver tea sets and sterling silver cutlery.
He can also refer people to reputable area coin dealers, in addition to himself. “Anyone who wants to sell their old coins should get a couple of different offers,” he said.
Dan Maxson, curator at the Fairport Lighthouse, learned about Jerpbak’s expertise with coins when Maxson’s wife visited Ye Old Oaken Bucket in search of antique glassware. Sunday.
“Lighthouses are a destination for a core group of people, but many area people haven’t been here,” Maxson said.
The Fairport Lighthouse, built in 1825 and originally fueled by whale oil, guided ships away from Lake Erie’s shallows for 100 years.
In recent years, sightings of a ghost cat at the lighthouse have inspired stories on shows airing on Animal Planet, the Discovery Channel Belstaff hamburg and the Travel Channel, Maxson said.
“One new segment of visitors we’ve been seeing are ghost hunters and those interested in the paranormal,” he said.
Although Maxson hasn’t seen the gray cat himself, he knows the story well.
“An 1871 lighthouse keeper gave his bedridden wife several cats to keep her company,” he said. “When she died, all the cats disappeared except for a gray one.”
Years later, a lighthouse curator who lived in what had been the early keeper’s living room reported seeing the ghost of a gray cat. When a hole was made in a wall to install air conditioning in recent years, the remains of a gray cat was found.
It’s on display in the lighthouse museum among maritime artifacts and exhibits that include the mast of the first iron clad Great Lakes ship, used during the Civil War.
A partnership Maxson has forged with Lake Metroparks has resulted in a lighthouse visit also being included in a moonlight canoe and kayak paddle on Saturday evening and another for the full moon on Aug. 11.