Meet the family behind Clein's Rare Coins and Damron Numismatics
From left to right: Phillip, Spock (small dog), Teresa, Brady (large dog), Tricia, and Steve.
Established in 1941, Clein's Rare Coins and Damron Numismatics, Inc. is a life member of the American Numismatic Association (#4691 and #4730), the Blue Ridge Numismatic Association (R4651), the Tennessee State Numismatic Society (#316), the Georgia Numismatic Association, Metropolitan Coin Club of Atlanta, the Industry Council for Tangible Assets, the Augusta Coin Club, and is an international visiting dealer of the British Numismatic Trade Association Coinex. We are also authorized dealers for the PMG, and NGC.
Clein's is a full service coin dealer which strives to provide customers with quality coins at reasonable prices. We carry US coins and a broad range of world coins such as English, Irish and Scottish. We also specialize in Greek, Roman, Judean Byzantine, Crusader, and Biblical Coins.
Did you know that Clein's is the largest and oldest full-time coin shop in the CSRA? We are always the first in professionalism, customer satisfaction, customer referrals, experience and dedication. We have the largest selection of coins from 460 BC to present, and we are often featured experts in local publications. We are proud to have face-to-face customers from all over the globe and not just via the Internet.
Columbia County Magazine interviewed Steve Damron about Clein's Rare Coins (reprinted with the permission of Columbia County Magazine):
“When I was young, I would go into a store in Columbia, South Carolina to buy coins with $10 or $20 that I had earned from mowing lawns,” says Steve. I really like the history associated with coin collecting. I have always been drawn to older coins.”
He shared the hobby with his father, Wayne, who bought Clein's in 2000, and in 2010 Steve moved to the area from Atlanta, where he started a coin company in 1991, to join his father in the business. Currently, Steve runs Clein's with the help of his wife, Teresa, a nurse at Doctor's Hospital, and their daughter, Tricia, who is pursuing her master's degree in nursing.
Clein's, which first opened in 1941, is a full-service U.S. coin shop that offers the sale, purchase and appraisal of coins. “We carry everything the U.S. government has ever produced,” Steve says. Although many coin dealers do not carry ancient coins, Clein's features a variety of ancient and medieval coins in its continually rotating inventory. The shop also specializes in Civil War currency as well as Greek, Roman, Judean, Byzantine,
Crusader and Biblical coins. The shop also stocks U.S. and foreign currency, precious metals and bullion, coin-collecting supplies and reference books.
In addition, Clein’s offers classes such as Coin Collecting 101, Counterfeit Detection, Collecting Key Date Coins, Investing in Rare Coins, Coins of the Bible, and Coins of the Twelve Caesars. Customers range from children trying to fill up penny collection books to collectors that are looking for a rare piece.
“We attend 26 trades shows a year. I go all over the world to find coins for my customers,” says Steve. “When they know what they want and we can find it for them and make them happy, that’s the fun for me.”
Clein's Rare Coins is member of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce; a member driven and business focused organization advocating economic growth in the Greater Augusta area. Columbia County Chamber of Commerce holds a rare 5 star accreditation. Accreditation with the United States Chamber of Commerce is the only program of its kind that defines excellence in chamber planning and recognizes chambers for outstanding contributions toward positive change in their communities.
Clein's Rare Coins is an A+ rated BBB Accredited Business. A+ is the highest rating offered by the Better Business Bureau, on a scale of A+ through F. The BBB has determined that Clein's Rare Coins meets BBB accreditation standards, which includes a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation, reviewing, monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.