Pattern coins and the precious metals markets are the topics of the next two, free Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) “Share the Knowledge” educational seminars. They will be conducted, respectively, by PNG member-dealers Andy Lustig and Richard Nachbar at the Central States Numismatic Society convention (CSNS) in April and at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo in May. A complimentary light lunch will be available for audience members at both PNG seminars. Lustig of Nyack, New York is a co-founder of The Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors. He will present “Collecting Pattern Coinage” starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 18, 2008 in room 42 of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont, Illinois, the site of the 69th Annual CSNS Convention. “Patterns are some of the rarest coins struck by the United States Mint. The series has more than 2,000 different prototypes for American coinage including patterns, die trials and experimental pieces. This half hour seminar will provide an overview of the series, historical background, collecting strategies and a superb slide show of great rarities,” Lustig said. The annual spring PNG Day will be held in conjunction with the CSNS show on Wednesday, April 16. Collectors may obtain free, printed PNG Day invitations from PNG member-dealers. An online membership directory is available at www.PNGdealers.com, or call PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman at (760) 728-1300. Early bird dealers’ credentials are available for $75 from CSNS Convention Chairman, Kevin Foley, at (414) 421-3484. The bourse schedule and other convention information is available online at www.CentralStates.info. Nachbar of Williamsville, New York will present a seminar entitled, “Precious Metals Markets,” at Noon, Friday, May 30, 2008 at the Long Beach Expo in the Long Beach Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach California. Nachbar will explain what the silver, gold and platinum markets are doing, and why they’re doing it. In April 2001, when gold was $260 an ounce, he began placing prominent advertisements in various publications urging investors to “Trade For Gold Now!” His bullish advice has proven true. “We’re really still early in this game with prices undoubtedly going higher,” he recently stated. For additional information about the Long Beach Expo, contact General Chairman Ronald J. Gillio at (805) 962-9939, or visit online at www.LongBeachShow.com. These will be the fourth and fifth programs in a year-long series of PNG Share the Knowledge seminars. “PNG is presenting these seminars for collectors and dealers around the country to share the knowledge from some of the country’s top numismatic experts. The PNG has a responsibility to provide this kind of leadership for the growth of our hobby and profession,” said Gary Adkins, PNG President.
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