Millions of dollars’ worth of early American copper coins will be displayed June 3-5 at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp and Collectibles Expo.
“This special exhibit is a superb collection of historic and rare private coinage from 1787 to 1792 and early items from the Philadelphia Mint from 1793 up to 1852. The collection was assembled by Martin Logies and will be exhibited courtesy of Bowers and Merena Auctions,” said Ronald J. Gillio, Expo general chairman.
Part of the Cardinal Type Collection of Early Copper, some of the more than two dozen coins in the display are from the 2009 Professional Coin Grading Service Best of Registry winner for Large Cents Basic Set. They are:
• 1793 Chain AMERICA S-2 variety formerly in the Beckwith, Collins and Naftzger Collections and graded PCGS MS-65BN;
• 1793 Wreath, Vine and Bars Edge formerly in the Naftzger Collection, PCGS MS-69BN;
• 1794 Head of 1793 formerly in the Garrett Collection, PCGS MS-64BN;
• 1803 No Stems S-243, PCGS MS-66RB, formerly in the Helfenstein and Naftzger Collections.
A free gold coin door prize will be awarded each day at the show to a registered visitor. A children’s treasure hunt is scheduled for Saturday, June 5.
Also on tap will be a half dozen educational programs and collector club meetings.
Heritage Auction Galleries will call the public auction.
On Thursday and Friday, June 3 and 4, the show will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturday, June 5, the hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $6 (good for all three days); $4 for members of any coin or stamp club who display a valid membership card; and $3 for seniors 65 and older. Admission is free for children 7 and younger.
Visit the website at www.LongBeachExpo.com for more information and discount coupons.