As the capital of South Carolina and the second largest city in the state with a population of 134,000, Columbia is the center of the Columbia metropolitan statistical area (which itself has a population of over 817,000).
Located about 13 miles northwest of the center of the state, Columbia is home to the University of South Carolina, the premier educational institution in the state. Columbia is also home to Fort Jackson, the largest U.S. Army installation designated for Basic Combat Training and is just 20 miles west of McEntire-Joint National Guard Base.
First traversed in 1540 by Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and chartered as a town in 1805, Columbia is named after Christopher Columbus. The city was chosen as South Carolina’s state capital in 1786 and the state legislature first met there in 1790.
During the American Civil War, most of Columbia was destroyed as Sherman’s Union troops occupied the city and today, tourists can see the path Sherman took when he entered the city.
By the early part of the 20th century, Columbia emerged as a regional textile center, with six mills operating in 1907. By the later part of the 20th century and early part of the 21st century, Columbia’s downtown area began to experience revitalization, seeing an influx of art galleries, shops, and restaurants. Music and shopping were also mainstays in Columbia, in addition to the opening of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, which opened in 2004.
Sales Tax on Gold and Silver in Columbia
The state of South Carolina has exemptions on the purchase and sale of gold and silver bullion. Some gold and silver purchases are not exempt, however, such as medallions and tokens, both subject to 6% sales tax. It is recommended that you check with the dealer in Columbia as you make purchases of gold and silver to confirm tax exemption status.
Local Gold and Silver Dealers in Columbia
Capital Gold and Silver
Family-owned Capital Gold and Silver has served the Columbia area since 1974. The shop buys all forms of gold, silver, and platinum and also sells precious metal bullion.
8502 Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC 29223
A PCGS authorized dealer, Carolina Coin purchases all forms of precious metals, including gold, silver, and platinum coins, bullion bars and rounds. Open by appointment only, the shop specializes in graded U.S. coins and carries American Eagles, silver bars from world-renowned mints, and gold and silver coins from around the world.
951 Market Street Suite 202
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Decker’s Jewelry and Pawn
Serving Columbia for more than 25 years, Decker’s Jewelry and Pawn buy all forms of gold, including jewelry, coins, and bullion bars in any condition and from any mint. The shop also carries rare coins, bullion, jewelry, and a wide range of other merchandise, including electronics and tools.
1735 Decker Blvd Suite 70
Columbia, SC 29206
L & L Gold & Sterling Inc
L & L buys, sells and trades precious metals, coins, and currency. They offer appraisal services and their inventory features U.S. coins, currency, bullion and more.
3407 Forest Dr # C
Columbia, SC 29204
Serving Columbia since 1978, Palmetto Galleries offers a wide selection of rare coins and buys and sells gold, silver, platinum, and other bullion. They are also a member of the Professional Numismatics Guild.
5220 Two Notch Rd
Columbia, SC 29204
Also known as Gilbert Coins, PQ Dollars offers quality rare coins, specifically silver dollars. The shop also has an inventory featuring gold coins, bullion coins, certified U.S. coins from all eras, paper currency and collecting supplies.
4079 Augusta Highway, STE H
Gilbert, SC 29054
St. Andrews Silver CenterSt. Andrews Silver Center offers various forms of sterling silver including flatware, serving pieces, and jewelry. The shop also offers U.S. coins, both collectible, and silver, along with paper currency, postage stamps, and unique collectibles.
736-i St. Andrews Rd.
Columbia, SC 29210
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