Nestled in Northeastern Georgia, this area is a consolidated city-county. Athens-Clarke County performs all the municipal duties of an incorporated region while also possessing the administrative powers of a county. At its heart, Athens is a college town, home to the University of Georgia.
As of the 2010 census, the consolidated city-county claims a population of 115,452, plus another 1,250 people in the surrounding area. Nicknamed “The Classic City” due to its historical name, Athens, the city also sustains the theme via neo-classical Greek architecture.
In 1785, a charter measure was passed that authorized the founding of the first state-supported university in the United States, the University of Georgia. Sixteen years later, the first classes were held, making the school one of the few in the country to exist for more than two centuries.
With a modest population, this area has a respectable but not overwhelming amount of commercial coin dealers.
Gateway Jewelry & Pawn
401-7 North Avenue
Athens, GA 30601
Founded in 1985, this family owned business is roughly three decades old. They have added a second location in the city of Athens to handle demand in the area. As a pawn shop, they sell a wide variety of other merchandise if you want to multitask while buying precious metals. Most of the staff is fluent in Spanish, as well as English.
Thornton’s Fine Jewelry
2830 Lexington Road
Athens, GA 30605
This establishment hosts one of the largest rare currency collections in the region, making it the perfect place to visit for specialists. With over 30 years of service, it is also one of the oldest enterprises in the greater Athens area. Georgia fans should also take note of the large collection of game worn merchandise for sale here.
Reeves Jewelry & Pawn
615 Hawthorne Avenue
Athens, GA 30601
While every other business listed above probably considers itself the best in Athens, Reeves Jewelry is the only one who boldly proclaims the fact on their website. This family owned and operated enterprise has sold precious metals since its founding in 1968. They also state that they will purchase jewelry independent of its condition, which is not always the case in the industry.
1039 Baxter Street
Athens, GA 30606
Don’t let the bland business name fool you. This company offers what they believe to be a “unique shopping experience.” They buy all the gold and jewelry you can sell with what they claim are the best payments in the area.