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Early Dollars, Rare Gold, Tokens & PNG Seminar at LB Expo
By Collectors Universe

A complete set of Type I Double Eagles, rare Hard Times tokens and the number one collection of early U.S. silver dollars in the PCGS Set RegistrySM will be displayed at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, February 14 - 16, 2008, in the Long Beach, California Convention & Entertainment Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.

Monaco Rare Coin of Newport Beach, California (www.zoomcoin.com)will exhibit a condition census set of U.S. $20 denomination gold coins struck from 1850 to 1866, including examples of the 1854-O, 1856-O and one of the two known 1861-P Paquet reverse specimens. The collection is valued at more than $5 million, according to Adam Crum of Monaco.

“The PCGS exhibit will showcase 107 varieties of Flowing Hair and Bust dollars from 1794 to 1803 from the collection of California radiologist, Dr. Robert D. Hesselgesser. He has added a number of new or upgraded coins in the past year, and his collection is the finest of its kind in the Professional Coin Grading Service’s registry,”said Ronald J. Gillio, Expo General Chairman.

Stack’s of New York City and Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (www.stacks.com) will display “The Old Time Dice-Hicks Cabinet” of rare, historic Hard Times and merchants’ tokens privately struck in the 1830’s and shortly afterward when circulating coins often were scarce.

“Assembled over many years by James E. Dice and M. Lamar Hicks, the comprehensive, landmark collection of tokens depicts many different designs, and is one of the finest ever assembled in terms of completeness and rarity. Its contents are drawn from such great collection as Ford, Litman, Oechsner and Roper,” explained Christine Karstedt, President of Stack’s.

The Long Beach Coin Club will host a display of competitive exhibits by collectors.

The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.com) has selected the February 2008 Long Beach Expo to launch an important series of “Share the Knowledge” consumer education programs. The debut program, “Collecting U.S. Gold Coins,” will be presented by authors Jeff C. Garrett and Douglas A. Winter at Noon, Thursday, February 14. In addition to the seminar, a free, light lunch will be included for audience members.

Other seminars and events at the show include “The History of Coin Grading” presented by PCGS President, Ron Guth, at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 14; the always well-attended “Buying & Selling on eBay” presentation by eBay University Educational Specialist, Troy Thoreson, at Noon on Friday, February 15; a children’s treasure hunt on Saturday, February 16; the Long Beach Stamp Club will give away free collectible stamps to youngsters as part of the LOBEX philatelic section; and a free gold coin door prize will be awarded each day to a lucky visitor to the show.

Heritage Auction Galleries (www.HA.com) of Dallas, Texas will conduct a major sale of U.S. and world coins and bank notes.

During the show more than 1,000 dealers will be buying and selling rare coins, paper money, stamps, postcards, historic documents, antique and estate jewelry, and other collectibles. Some dealers will provide free, informal appraisals for the public.

The public hours are Thursday and Friday, February 14 and 15, 2008, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and on Saturday, February 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (The show is closed on Sunday.) A complete Schedule of Events can be found online at www.LongBeachShow.com.

General admission is $6 (good for all three days); $4 for members of any coin or stamp club who display a valid membership card; and $3 for seniors 65 and older. Free admission for children ages seven and younger. Discount coupons are available online at www.LongBeachShow.com.



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