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Fun of the coin fair: In pictures

Midland Coin Fair sign

In the economic downturn, old or rare coins are seen as an investment opportunity.

Studying a coin at the Midland Coin Fair

Expert Paul Revell studies a collection at the Midland Coin Fair, held near Birmingham

Display of coins at the Midland Coin Fair

Nearly 50 dealers from around the UK gather to buy and sell once a month.

Selection of coins at the Midland Coin Fair

Some of the coins on sale are for the hobby collector - these cost 50p each.

Visitors study coins at the Midland Coin Fair

But many enthusiasts are searching for a specific item to complete their collection.

Coin at the Midland Coin Fair

This ancient Greek coin dates from 385BC. It is valued at 200 and is one of the oldest on show.

Dylan Adams studies a coin at the Midland Coin Fair

Ten-year-old Dylan Adams is on the hunt for a coin from the time of Julius Ceasar...

Dylan Adams studies a coin at the Midland Coin Fair

...could this be what he is looking for? He is certainly enjoying the search.

Mike Veissid, Midland Coin Fair owner

Coin fair organiser Mike Veissid has been in the business for a little longer - 35 years.

Rich Clamp and his coins at the Midland Coin Fair

And Rich Clamp specialises in commemorative Royal Mint-issued pieces.

Celtic Staters at the Midland Coin Fair

Forgery seems to be nothing new, these Celtic Staters are 2000 years old. But which one is a fake?

Midland Coin Fair

Most serious collectors have a reference book with them...

Selection of books at the Midland Coin Fair

...but there are always more books on sale. The Midland Coin Fair is a regular fixture in the numismatic calendar.

Celtic Staters at the Midland Coin Fair

And the counterfeit...is the coin on the right. The genuine gold coin has kept its shine.



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