(Long Beach, California) – Although the United States Mint did not schedule any formal introduction activities in California to launch the new Presidential Dollar coin series, the one-dollar coin made a successful, unofficial debut at the February 15 – 17, 2007 Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo. Los Angeles area television and radio stations and newspapers did stories about the coin appearing at the show.

“In addition to our previously planned special exhibits, several dealers had the new coins available on opening day, February 15, the same day as the Mint’s coin launching activities in other cities. We notified the local news media, and they responded. We had one of the biggest Saturday attendance days in years, with a three-day total attendance of 5,181 collectors and dealers,” said Ronald J. Gillio. Expo General Chairman.

The two featured numismatic exhibits at the February show had a combined value of over $5 million. Stack’s of New York City exhibited a unique set of coin-containing gold jewelry created for the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. There are 33 ancient Greek and Roman gold coins in the elaborate jewelry ensemble.

A typical scene at the busy February 2007 show: collectors looking at collectibles.
Busy bourse floor
Expo General Chairman Ron Gillio shows Fox TV News the antique gold coin jewelry exhibit from Stack's.
Fox TV and Ron Gillio

To mark the 100th anniversary of the designs by acclaimed sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Monaco Rare Coin of Newport Beach, California exhibited six 1907-dated gold coins. The display included the unique satin proof, rolled edge Indian Head $10 gold piece, graded NGC Proof-67, and a high relief Saint-Gaudens $20, graded NGC Proof-67.

The coin and bank note auction conducted at the show by Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas, Texas realized $12,508,728 in winning bids.  A philatelic auction was conducted by Nutmeg Stamp Sales of Danbury, Connecticut.

A dozen educational seminars and club meetings were conducted in conjunction with the Long Beach Expo including presentations for collectors and dealers by eBay consultant, Troy Thoreson. A children’s treasure hunt was held, and a gold coin door prize was given away each day to lucky visitors.

The next Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo will be held May 31 – June 2, 2007. The Long Beach Expo is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).