There are over 580,000 valuable jewelry and collectible items to see at Nevada Coin Mart, and 90 percent of them are not for sale.
Historical artifacts, precious stones and metals decorate every wall of Neil Sackmary’s 4,000-square-foot store. Nevada Coin Mart, 4065 S. Jones Blvd., opened last September. In that time, no one has managed to talk Sackmary into selling any part of his collection. The 42-year-old said that’s not the point of his displays.
Instead, his personal collection is meant to show potential sellers the care and devotion he has for the items.
Nevada Coin Mart buys currency, jewelry and collectible items. To Sackmary, not all that glitters is gold.
He owns original wooden Native American statues from the 1940s show “Howdy Doody,” handmade for him by members of the Navajo tribe, and a full-size Big Bird from “Sesame Street,” made by a former Las Vegas artist who trained under Jim Henson. People who come in walk around the display cases and take pictures while they wait.
Sackmary said not only does his collection add ambience and character to his store, but there is a lot to learn from it.
He especially admires his Hopi tribe kachina dolls handcarved out of a single piece of wood. He thinks they must have required a vast amount of skill and craftsmanship.
“When you’re looking at some of these pieces, you are actually getting a piece of history because these have stood the test of time because … we can appreciate what they are,” Sackmary said.
Among some of Sackmary’s most treasured items are large pieces of blue turquoise from Black Mountain mine and black opal. While they are expensive, Sackmary said what makes them stand out are the stories behind how he acquired them.
Sackmary also wears part of his collection on him at all times. His hands, arms and neck are adorned with rings, bracelets and necklaces.
Not all customers who come into Nevada Coin Mart end up selling their valuables to Sackmary, and that was almost the case with one of his bracelets. Sackmary remembers the man that sold him his Chrome Hearts bracelet did not close the deal until Sackmary promised him that he would not melt the bracelet down.
“The thing is, a lot of people in my business play funny games,” Sackmary said. “I gave him the best offer in town, and I said that I wouldn’t melt. For some people, it’s not about the money.”