(Long Beach, California) — California Gold Rush-era ingots and coins valued at approximately $10 million and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s popular “Billion Dollar Display” will be exhibited during the Long Beach, Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave., September 14 -16, 2006. The BEP display will include a historic face plate used for printing high-denomination notes more than 70 years ago.
“This outstanding Gold Rush exhibit presented by Monaco Financial of Newport Beach, California will feature a set of eight high-grade Augustus Humbert United States Assay Office octagonal $50 gold pieces and gold bars recovered from the famous 1857 sinking of the legendary ‘Ship of Gold,’ the SS Central America, said Ronald J. Gillio, Expo General Chairman.
“I personally believe that the Central America is the most significant thing ever to happen not just to the market for ingots but to the coin market as a whole,” said Adam Crum, Vice President of Monaco Financial.
Crum and Fred Holabird of Reno, Nevada are co-authors of a new book, “Gold Ingots of the Wild West.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the exhibit during the September Long Beach Expo.
“Assay offices had a huge impact on the development of the American West. The bars, ingots and coins they produced were vital to the economy, so they really have tremendous historical importance,” explained Crum.
Two of the ingots to be displayed at Long Beach along with historical documents of the Gold Rush-era are a huge Justh & Hunter gold bar that weighs 754.95 ounces, and a 662.28 oz Kellogg & Humbert ingot, both recovered from the Central America in the late 1980’s.
The BEP returns to Long Beach with its exhibit of high-denomination bank notes and Treasury notes, including Series 1934 $100,000 Gold Certificates and a Series A-1976 6¼ percent $500 million Treasury Note. The BEP also is expected to display the 12-subject face plates used for printing $10,000 and $1,000 denomination San Francisco Federal Reserve District notes more than 70 years ago, as well as historic philatelic materials from its vaults including a modern printer’s proof of the famous 1918 “Inverted Jenny” 24-cent airmail stamp.
A public seminar with tips about online buying and selling of collectibles will be conducted by eBay consultant, Troy Thoreson, at Noon, Friday, September 15. Another of the dozen educational programs and meetings to be conducted during the show will feature Phil Iverson discussing, “The Group of Discovery – Lewis & Clark,” at the Long Beach Coin Club meeting at Noon on Saturday September 16.
A children’s treasure hunt will be held Saturday, and a gold coin door prize will be given away each day.
The Long Beach Expo features rare coins, paper money, postage stamps, postcards, autographs, historical documents, antiques and estate jewelry. Heritage Auction Galleries (www.HeritageGalleries.com) of Dallas, Texas will conduct a major sale of U.S. and world coins and bank notes during the show.
The public hours are Thursday and Friday, September 14 and 15, 2006, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and on Saturday, September 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.
The Long Beach Expo is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).
For additional information about the show, contact Expos Unlimited, 8 West Figueroa, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Web: www.LongBeachShow.com. Phone: (805) 962-9939.