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Gold rushes to Long Beach

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A ?Looking for Secrets and Mistakes on Currency? display and a multi-million dollar exhibit of Gold Rush-era coins will be featured at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo May 31-June 2 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

?The display will showcase examples of paper money from Colonial times to the present with mistakes or hidden features,? said Ronald J. Gillio, expo general chairman.

?One of the exhibit?s fascinating items is a five-cent denomination Fractional Currency note issued during the Civil War in 1864 with the wrong portrait. It was supposed to honor William Clark of the famous Lewis & Clark Expedition, but instead Spencer Clark, a Treasury Department official, put his own portrait on the note. That led to a federal law prohibiting the appearance of any living person on our paper money,? Gillio explained.

The exhibit will be displayed courtesy of Stack?s and Wolfeboro, N.H.
As part of a Gold Rush-era exhibit, Monaco Rare Coin of Newport Beach, Calif. will display the John Glover Kellogg specimen 1852/1 $20 gold ?ingot? graded PR-65 by Professional Coin Grading Service. The coin was struck in San Francisco by Augustus Humbert of the San Francisco U.S. Assay Office.

The exhibit will also feature one of the two known specimens of 1861 Philadelphia Mint ?Paquet Reverse? double eagles graded MS-61 by PCGS that Monaco purchased for $1.6 million at a public auction last year.

More than 1,000 dealers will be on hand on the bourse. Educational hobby seminars will be conducted during the show, including tips from eBay about online buying and selling of collectibles at noon, June 1.

A free gold coin door prize will be awarded each day to a visitor to the show.

Heritage Auction Galleries will conduct a major sale of U.S. and world coins and bank notes.

The public hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 31 and June 1, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 2.

 A complete schedule of events can be found online at

General admission is $6, $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 ages seven and younger. Discount coupons are available online at

For additional information, prior to May 30 call (805) 962-9939; between May 30 and June 2 call (562) 436-3636. Online: