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“Where America Went to Make a Mint” is the theme of the second annual Whitman Coin & Collectibles Philadelphia Expo set for Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
This year Whitman will add new educational components and says the official auction by Stack’s has expanded to include 5,000 lots.
Among the expo highlights:
• The First United States Mint. Visual Presentation and Walking Tour of the Mint and its Neighborhood. Authors Len Augsburger and Joel Orosz will present images from their forthcoming book, Pictures of the First United States Mint: The Numismatic Legacy of Frank H. Stewart, then lead a walking tour of the Mint site and surrounding historic neighborhood. 1 p.m. Oct. 1.
• Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint, John M. Mercanti. Mercanti will lead a discussion titled, “Art Meets Technology: Transforming Saint-Gaudens Gold from 1907 to 2009.” 11 a.m. Oct. 2.
• U.S. Mint’s Greatest Errors. Nicholas Brown and David Camire, co-authors of 100 Greatest U.S. Error Coins, will present highlights from the book. Brown will take attendees behind the scenes of the U.S. Mint and show where it all went wrong. 3 p.m. Oct. 1 and 10 a.m. Oct. 2.
The expo will be open to the public free of charge from noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 30 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1-2. “Early Birds” are allowed on the bourse floor at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 and at 9 a.m. Oct. 1-2 for a fee of $75.
Visit www.whitmancoincollecting.com and click on “Philadelphia Expo” for more details.