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First CES auction a success

A featured presenter and a first annual auction were highlights of the California Exonumist Society’s semi-annual meeting, held Aug. 23 during the Golden State Coin Show in Arcadia, Calif.

James W. Hunt spoke on “Exonumia of the Lewis and Clark Exposition of 1905.” He reviewed the Portland, Ore., exposition, its collectibles and shared his experience in assembling an award-winning exhibit.

The club held its first auction during the meeting. It totaled $326 from 47 donated items.

“Surprisingly, this auction proved quite spirited and took just about an hour, with some heavy competitions,” said Michael M. Stanley, a past CES president who served as auctioneer. “Two or three donated lots went for over $30, and several were intensely bid. This was the club’s first and it proved a success.”

President Michael S. Turrini presented three California hobbyists with the President’s Citation of Commendation for their contributions to California numismatics and exonumia. Receiving the awards were Fredyis Grant of Highland, Greg Burns of Claremont, and Charles M. Luce of San Diego.

The club also nominated and elected its 2009-2010 officers, as follows: Turrini, president; Lila Anderson, vice president; William J. Grant, treasurer; and Catherine Edgerton Lenker, treasurer. Club directors are Fredyis Grant, Phil Iversen, Michael M. Stanley, Gordon R. Donnell, Virginia L. Bourke and Donald Foster.
The club’s next semi-annual gathering is planned for Jan. 24 during the San Jose, Calif., Coin Club show.

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