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Company stops in Alexandria to buy gold, silver, antiques

Ohio Valley Gold and Silver Refinery is in Alexandria this week.

The refinery set up at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 2705 South Broadway, on Tuesday and its "precious metals reclamation drive" continues through Saturday, May 29.

The hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Area businesses and the general public have an opportunity to turn in their precious metals directly to the refinery where they will be paid on the spot.

Ohio Valley Gold and Silver Refinery expects to purchase more than $300,000 worth of antiques, collectibles, gold, silver, platinum and palladium during the five-day event.

Refineries typically do not do business with the public. Rather, they deal with precious metal accumulators like jewelry stores, pawn shops, dentist offices or industrial facilities that trade with some form of precious metal.

Gold, silver, platinum and palladium will be accepted each day of the drive.

All forms are welcome including scrap jewelry, dental gold, gold leaf, jewelry's raw gold, gold coins, gold bars, silver coins, sterling flatware, silver coins and silver bars, industrial scrap, etc.

All local area businesses that deal with precious metals may call ahead and make an appointment. The phone number is (320) 763-3360.

No appointments are needed for the general public to sell their items.

The company organizes more than 1,000 shows a year in the U.S., United Kingdom and Canada and is getting ready to start its own television series, according to Brittany Thomas, media relations.

"We are excited to be in town and have already seen quite a few people from your community attend our free event," she said in an e-mail. "We are pouring quite a bit of money into the community through buying rare antiques, collectibles and precious metals."

The company has had some amazing items brought to their shows, including items such as letters from past presidents, swords from the Civil War, and even a $100,000 guitar, Thomas said.

The refinery is interested in buying:

Gold: Including unwanted, broken, and mismatched jewelry, gold scrap, gold coins, dental gold.

Silver: coins, flatware, tea sets, goblets, jewelry; anything marked sterling.

Jewelry: vintage/modern jewelry, diamond rings, broaches, bracelets, earrings, loose diamonds, gemstones.

Coins: all coins made before 1965, rare coins, coin collections, silver dollars, half dollars, quarters, dimes, half dimes, nickels, all others.

Paper money: all denominations, both U.S. and foreign made before 1934.

Wrist watches: Rolex, Tiffany, Hublot, Omega, Cartier, Chopard, Patek Philippe, Ebel, Waltham, all others.

Pocket watches: Chopard, Elgin, Bunn Special, Railroad, Illinois, Hamilton, all others.

War items: Civil War, WWI, WWII, all others

Vintage guitars: Martin, Gibson, Fender, National, Rickenbacker, Gretsch, all others.

Antique toys: trains, tin windups, mechanical banks, robots, pressed steel trucks and more.