Long Beach Expo Marks Gillio 50th Anniversary
By Expos Unlimited
The next Long Beach
Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, February 5 – 7,
2009, marks the 50th anniversary in numismatics
for internationally-known Expo General Chairman,
Ronald J. Gillio. The three-day show will be
held at the Long Beach, California Convention
Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.
"It was early 1959 when I saw my first Lincoln
Memorial cent, the first year they were made,
and I was curious about it. Ever since then
numismatics has been a vital and enjoyable part
of my life," said Gillio.
"My first collections – like everyone else –
were mostly pennies and nickels. Living in
Southern California when I’d go to my
neighborhood banks in Southern California to get
rolls of coins, I’d frequently find San
Francisco mintmarks; coins that were scarce in
other parts of the country."
Gillio said his Mother and Father, Sandy and
Angie Gillio, were very supportive of his hobby,
and were with him to celebrate the opening day
of his first store on State Street in Santa
Barbara, California in 1974.
"It all started with just one new penny in my
hands 50 years ago in February 1959. What will
the future mean to other collectors with this
year’s four new penny designs?"
One of the highlights of the February Long Beach
Expo will be the first West Coast appearance of
the Sunnywood’s "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" set
of exquisitely toned Morgan silver dollars. The
colorful, 97-coin set will be displayed at the
booth of the Professional Coin Grading Service.
Assembled by attorney Doug Kurz, the colorful
collection includes an 1881-S Morgan dollar
graded PCGS MS-68; an 1882-S graded PCGS MS-67
from the collection of former National Football
League linebacker, Gregg "Ironman" Bingham; and
the Louis E. Eliasberg Sr. specimen 1893-S
graded PCGS MS-68.
More than 1,000 dealers will be buying and
selling rare coins, paper money, stamps,
postcards, historic documents, antiques, estate
jewelry and other collectibles at the show. Some
dealers will provide free, informal appraisals
for visitors. Young numismatists’ activities,
including a children’s treasure hunt, will be
held on Saturday, February 7.
A free gold coin door prize will be awarded each
day to a lucky, registered visitor.
A half dozen educational seminars about
collectibles and hobby club meetings will be
conducted during the show, and Heritage Auction
Galleries of Dallas, Texas, the world’s largest
collectibles auction house, will hold a public
sale of U.S. and world coins and paper money
The public hours are Thursday and Friday,
February 5 and 6, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
and on Saturday, February 7, from 10 a.m. to 5
pm. (The show is closed on Sunday.) A complete
Schedule of Events is online at
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
admission coupons are available online at
The Long Beach Expo and PCGS are divisions of
Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).