Our mission is to be the best choice for people buying and selling rare coins, currency, gold, silver, platinum and estate jewelry in the greater Pittsburgh area. We will offer a great experience for our customers by having friendly, honest, intelligent and helpful consultants.
As owner John Meredith states, “Whether buying or selling to our customers, our primary concern has been offering the best possible prices.” It has been this business model of putting the customer first that has allowed his business to flourish over the past 50 years.
Treasure Hunt, founded in 1963 is a family business of exceptional quality. It retains a deep sense of history and tradition. We were originally established as a Pittsburgh Coin Dealer, specializing in rare coins and precious metals. Then known as “Coins Inc.”, Treasure Hunt began with one location in a Gimbels Department Store. One Gimbels location quickly turned to six, and when Gimbels closed in 1986, founder John Robert Meredith moved the retail locations to Kaughmann’s Department Stores.
Following John Robert Meredith’s passing in 1995, his son John Rotherham Meredith purchased the company and moved the base of operations to suburban Mt. Lebanon under the name Treasure Hunt. John Meredith, along with his sister Jeannette Meredith Dodd, expanded Treasure Hunt from the South Hills of Pittsburgh into other areas of the city and its surrounding communities. Treasure Hunt had eight additional locations Cranberry, Monroeville, Irwin, Allison Park, Latrobe, Belle Vernon, Indiana and McKnight Rd in Ross Township. Two new stores in Robinson and Pleasant Hills are scheduled to open in the Spring of 2013.
As our business grew from rare coins, we developed strong roots in precious metal buying and selling jewelry. In 2002, an ounce of gold was worth less than $300. Now, 10 years later, that same ounce of gold is worth over $1,500! It is a very opportune time to liquidate your precious metals, but sellers should beware of of disreputable companies that do not post their prices for gold and silver and do not use certified scales. Each Treasure Hunt location abides by Pennsylvania state law Chapter 501.9 by clearly posting the price it will pay for gold and silver. In addition, are scales are certified.
Treasure Hunt is in the practice of offering the highest possible amount from the start, with no need to negotiate. John Meredith says “Our happiest customers are the people who have shopped around, and then come to Treasure Hunt. Our highest payouts are oftentimes shocking next to the offers of our competitors. It’s our slogan because we do truly hear it every day, ‘You really do pay the most!’”
By now people are aware of our reputation for paying the highest prices for gold and silver, but the retails side of the business is nothing to overlook. True to its roots, Treasure Hunt locations devote an entire section of vast offerings of rare and collectible coins and currency along with gold and silver bullion.
What some people may not realize about Treasure Hunt is that we are one of the most competitively priced jewelry stores in Pittsburgh. We pride ourselves on having very exceptional, rare pieces at far below retails prices! Some ask if our jewelry collection consists mainly of items we have bought from customers. This is hardly the case unless we found a particular piece to be extraordinary.
Most all locations offer an extensive jewelry collection, selected by gemologist Debbie DeChicchis, featuring a beautiful array of gold, silver and platinum accented with diamonds and other gemstones. Our collections boast some of the most beautiful pieces of estate jewelry. All of the estate jewelry has been polished and inspected by a master bench jeweler.
We carry several exciting new lines of designer jewelry from Prima New York, Stuller and Quality Gold. In addition to solitaire and engagement diamond rings, we also offer a select stock of high grade loose diamonds offered at dealer direct prices. Our staff recognizes that jewelry purchases are often a big decision, especially when it comes to bridal and engagement rings. They will take time to help find a perfect piece at an incredible price!