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Washington dollars among highlights at Long Beach

Presidential dollars were on the minds of attendees at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp and Collectibles Expo Feb. 15-17. Opening day coincided with the national release of the new $1 coin.

Several dealers had the new coins available on opening day, Feb. 15, the same day as the Mint?s coin-launching activities in other cities. We notified the local news media, and they responded,? said Ronald J. Gillio, expo general chairman.

Three-day total attendance was 5,181 Gillio said. He added that the Saturday attendance was the biggest in years.

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.  

To mark the centennial of the designs by acclaimed sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Monaco Rare Coin of Newport Beach, Calif., exhibited six 1907-dated gold coins that he designed.

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 paper money auction by Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas, Texas, realized $12,508,728. See separate story in the Auction section starting on Page 22.

A dozen educational seminars and club meetings were conducted in conjunction with the Long Beach Expo. A children?s treasure hunt was held, and a gold coin door prize was given away each day to lucky visitors.  

For more information, contact Expos Unlimited, 8 W. Figueroa, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Web address is www.LongBeachShow.com. Phone: (805) 962-9939.

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