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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tucked away within all the Azalea Festival activities this weekend is a hidden gem: the annual coin show.

The coin show has been part of the festival for decades, and it’s hosted by the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club. More than 30 dealers from across the nation come to buy, sell and trade with coin enthusiasts of all ages. In an effort to spread the love of coin collecting to younger generations, admission is free for children.

“Very few kids are in to this hobby,” Coin Club Secretary Tom Thompson said. “It’s the oldest hobby in the world. There is a lot of history in coins. If they took one coin, they could learn a lot about it, and it would help them in school.”

The coin show puts currency from all over the world on display, including coins dating back to 411 B.C.

The Lower Cape Fear Coin Club meets the second Wednesday of each month at Carolina BBQ on S. College Road.

The Azalea Festival Coin Show continues Sunday at the American Legion from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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