These special coins were made to promote awareness about coin collecting and trading as well as share the vast history of Augusta Georgia.
The Augusta Coin Club in Georgia is a not for profit numismatic club located in Georgia. Beginning in 1959, the club was created to promote the dissemination of knowledge regarding coin collecting, fellowship among members, sponsoring regional coin shows, dinners, and events where dealers and the public can buy, sell and trade coins, bills, tokens and related numismatic items.
About 5 years ago, the club decided to commemorate their town in a way that highlighted its vast history and rich culture. Xavier Pique, the club’s Treasurer, shared that “Augusta is known for its Golf Tournament of the Masters. Its all you hear, Masters this, Masters that. We wanted to find and highlight all the other things about Augusta worthy of being highlighted that wasn’t related to the Masters Tournament.”
The Augusta Coin Club turned to the landmarks around town and chose those to commemorate each with a uniquely designed custom coin. A search on the internet leads them to The Monterey Company. This has lead to a long-lasting relationship. Every year, the August Coin club creates a new commemorative coin.
In 2005, the club chose to create a custom coin with the Augusta Cotton Exchange Building on it. Created in 1886, the Cotton Exchange was the second largest inland cotton market in the world. The building was restored in the late 1980s and is now owned by Georgia Bank and Trust of Augusta.
The Archibald Butt Bridge was scheduled to be torn down, but the entire city of Augusta rallied to save it, with campaign slogans that read,”Save our Butts.” The Augusta Coin club lent its own support by creating a custom coin featuring the bridge for 2006.
For 2007, the Sacred Heart Cultural Center was highlighted. Having a bit too many churches for the population, the Dioceses decided to de-consecrate the Sacred Heart Church. The city, wanting to preserve the gorgeous architecture, restored it and turned it into a Cultural Center.
Since then, they have commemorated the Confederate Powders Building (2008), The Augusta Canal National Landmark (2009), and this year, Scenes from Broad Street. “Broad Street was considered the widest street in America. When the trolley era died, they created a park in the middle of the street.”
These coins are sold to raise funds for the organization which then uses the money to host dinners for the club itself. Dealers and traders are invited. It is an opportunity to promote awareness about coin collecting and trading as well as sharing the vast history of Augusta Georgia.