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Central States events start early

Central States Numismatic Society has planned an array of exhibits, meetings, seminars and programs for its 69th anniversary convention, scheduled for April 17-19 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

Prior to the show?s opening, attendees will have the opportunity to catch ?Coin Grading Basics? with William Conroy, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation senior grader, on April 15.  ?Coins of Christianity Through the Ages? will be presented by Radford Stearns, American Numismatic Association governor, on April 17. Joe Boling, former ANA chief judge, will lead ANA judges certification courses April 17 and 18.

Convention visitors will also be able to browse the educational exhibit area where collectors display numismatic items from their personal collections along with related research.

Dealers from more than 40 states will fill 300 booths on the bourse floor. Heritage Auctions will conduct two auctions in conjunction with the convention, one of rare coins and one of paper money.

Among the groups scheduled to meet during the convention are the Fellowship of Christian Numismatists, the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, the Society of Paper Money Collectors and Women in Numismatics.
Patti Finner, the new Central States president, will conduct a Scout Merit Badge Clinic April 19, and later that day a treasure hunt for Young Numismatists will take place.

Professional Numismatists Guild Day, where CSNS booth holders with PNG membership host a special bourse by invitation only, will take place April 16 beginning at 10 a.m. Attendees who do not have a booth holder badge or a Professional Preview badge may pay $75 to attend.

Regular public hours for the convention are 1 p.m.-6 p.m. April 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 18, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 19. Booth holder hours begin at 9 a.m. on each of the three days.

For more information, visit the society?s Web site at www.centralstates.info, or contact Kevin Foley, convention chairman, at (414) 421-3484.

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