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A penny found, $300 earned?

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Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2011 3:00 pm

Somewhere in the bottom of your purse or pocket could you have a dime worth $1 million? How about an old penny valued at $300? It's possible, according to the International Coin Collectors Association, which will be in Tempe Tuesday through Saturday to see what seemingly worthless riches the East Valley might have to offer.

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, collectors will gather at Hampton Inn & Suites, 1429 N. Scottsdale Road, in hopes of finding coins and paper currency issued prior to 1965, and gold items, including class rings, mismatched earrings, broken necklaces, gold coins and bullion. According to the association, these items are highly sought by collectors from around the world.

So get up in that attic or clean out that closet. Those old pennies and class rings may be worth much more than you think.

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