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Gold to be found at Atlanta expo

A hands-on panning for gold activity will be a popular attraction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Atlanta Expo. The event, now in its sixth year, is scheduled for May 14-16.

“There’s gold in Atlanta!” said David Crenshaw, general manager. “Miner Mike Clark will demonstrate how to pan for gold, and then visitors can try it. Everyone’s guaranteed to ‘strike gold.’”

This year the National Federation of the Blind has partnered with the expo to promote the “Braille Readers are Leaders” campaign, which will raise $8 million for Braille literacy programs. Visitors can support this campaign with the purchase of the U.S. Mint’s Louis Braille commemorative silver dollar.

Educational programs include Q. David Bowers speaking about colonial and early American coins as well as Dennis Tucker’s behind-the-scenes look at the making of Fred Reed’s new book, Abraham Lincoln: The Image of His Greatness.

An auction of rare coins and paper money by Stack’s of New York kicks off the show. Among the highlights is a notable collection of double eagles that have been off the market for more than 40 years.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days. The event is held at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Early Bird buying and selling takes place at 2 p.m. on May 13 and at 9 a.m. on May 14-16. This early access to the bourse costs $50.

For more information on Atlanta Expo activities, visit www.whitmanexpo.com.

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