MOORHEAD — There's some interesting currency floating around the Fargo-Moorhead area.
That includes a silver dollar made in 1795, according to Ken Lepper, president of the Red River Valley Coin Club. According to the USA Coin Book, the rare coin is worth thousands of dollars.
Although that collectible silver hair dollar might not be on display this Tuesday night, Jan. 7, in the basement of the Moorhead Public Library, there will be many other interesting numismatic items exhibited by members as the club celebrates its 1,000th meeting.
"We feel like it's a real milestone," Lepper said.
The public can join the festivities from 7 to 8:30 p.m., when some of the 100 club members will share their more interesting collectibles and talk about the history behind them.
Besides the more than 200-year-old silver coin, Lepper said some of the other more interesting items members may show are "bank notes" that were disbursed by regional banks before the Federal Reserve System came into being.
Some members have notes issued by Fargo banks that date back to the late 1800s to the early 1900s.
"The notes were very artistic," Lepper said. Instead of the commonality in dollar bills today, the bank notes featured drawings of buffalo, railroads and steam threshers.
People also seem "very interested in errors or mistakes" made when coins were produced by the four U.S. mints, he said, adding, "they were accidents."
The coin club started in 1956 and Lepper said they meet about every other week in the fall and winter when they work on such things as planning their two annual coin shows, an auction and a youth event.
The coin shows are always the weekend before Thanksgiving and then again on the last weekend in January.
The shows are held at the Ramada by Wyndham Hotel at 3333 13th Ave. in Fargo as Lepper said they like to keep them at one location for the convenience of visitors.
He said the last show in November was the largest in more than a decade with about 400 people showing up to look at displays and buy and sell coins and bills. The next show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 25 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on Jan. 26.
The auction is usually in late March or early April at Villiard Auction Service in south Moorhead. This year's event will be March 29.
Serving his second term as president, Lepper said although there are about 100 members on the books, about 40 regularly attend meetings.
He said they "absolutely" are always looking for new members.
"It's a great winter hobby," he said.