Early Cents Worth Much More Than A Penny In Long Beach

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1847-us-half-cent Long Beach Convention CenterThe first West Coast exhibit of an award-winning $2.8 million collection of historic, early American copper coins will highlight the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, September 23 – 25, 2010. The show will be open to the public in the Long Beach Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.

“This collection contains some of the finest known coins of their kind dating back to the early 1800s when pennies were about the size of a modern day quarter-dollar. These coins are all ‘proofs,’ specially made with great care at the Philadelphia Mint, and many of them still have their original, bright red color,” said Ronald J. Gillio, Expo General Chairman.

“This is only the second time highlights of the collection assembled by an Illinois collector have ever been publicly exhibited, and the first time anywhere on the West Coast.”

During the three-day Long Beach Expo more than 1,000 dealers will be buying and selling rare coins, paper money, stamps, postcards, historic documents, antiques, estate jewelry and other collectibles. Some dealers will provide free, informal appraisals for visitors.

A free gold coin door prize will be awarded each day to a lucky visitor. A children’s treasure hunt will be held on Saturday, September 25, and young numismatists will also have the free opportunity that day to “mint” their own souvenir coin.

A half dozen educational programs and collectors’ club meetings will be conducted during the show and will be open to the public.

Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas, the official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo, will hold a public auction of U.S. coins in conjunction with the show.

The public hours are Thursday and Friday, September 23 and 24, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

For additional information, call Expos Unlimited at (805) 962-9939 or during the show dates call the Long Beach Convention Center at (562) 436-3636.

The Long Beach Expo is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc.

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