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Colonials in Santa Clara exhibit

Five of the finest-known surviving Colonial Massachusetts silver coins, with a combined value of approximately $1 million, will be displayed at the Santa Clara Coin, Stamp and Collectibles Expo Nov. 16-19.

The coins will be exhibited during the first two days of the four-day show in the Santa Clara, Calif., Convention Center.

?This is the first time these coins have been exhibited together in the Bay area,? said Ronald J. Gillio, expo general chairman. ?All five are in Mint State, and four are from the renowned John J. Ford Collection.?

Gillio said the display will be presented courtesy of Steven L. Contursi, president of Rare Coin Wholesalers.

The coins in the exhibit are:

  • 1652 Massachusetts Willow Tree sixpence, graded MS-64 by Professional Coin Grading Service, the finest of only 14 known surviving examples of this type.
  • 1662 Massachusetts Oak Tree twopence (small 2), graded PCGS MS-65, the finest known example.
  • 1652 Massachusetts Oak Tree sixpence, graded PCGS MS-62, believed to be the finest known.
  • 1652 Massachusetts Pine Tree sixpence (pellets at trunk), PCGS MS-63, the finest known.
  • 1652 Massachusetts Pine Tree shilling (no pellets at trunk), PCGS MS-65, finest known.

Public hours are Thursday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m-3 p.m.

Admission is $6 (good for all four days); $3 for seniors (65 and up) and children 8-16; children under 7 and free.

A children?s treasure hunt will be conducted between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, and a gold coin door prize will be awarded each day.

Free parking is available at the convention center, located at 5001 Great America Parkway.

For more information, see Web site www.SantaClaraExpo.com or call (408) 748-7055.

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