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Visitors to Whitman?s Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention June 6 will have the chance to participate in an interactive hands-on engraving class.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing will guide six to eight participants per hour through an interactive program on creating paper money. Visitors will learn the general operations and purpose of the BEP. They will also create their own printing plates and print their ink designs on paper following current BEP regulations.

The BEP event is free and open to the public. Adults and children age 9 and up are eligible to attend.

The engraving tutorial is just one highlight of the convention, which will be held June 5-7 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

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Presidential Coin & Antique Company will hold its 78th Exonumia Sale at 5:30 p.m. on June 7. The sale will feature The James A. Thompson Collection of Washingtonia and The Gotham Collection of So-called Dollars. For more information, call Joseph Levine at (571) 321-2121.

Collector groups slated to meet during the show are the Fellowship of Christian Coin Dealers and the Liberty Seated Collectors? Club on June 6. The Maryland Token and Medals Society and the Early American Coppers Club will hold meetings June 7.

General admission for the convention is free. Public hours are 2 p.m.-6 p.m. June 5, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 6-7. This is the first Baltimore show without Sunday hours. For more information, visit the convention Web site at or e-mail