The growing impact of world numismatic players was apparent at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo May 29-31.
?Wang Jinrong, the chairman of the board of the Shanghai Mint, personally came to the show with several staff members who set up a table,? said Ronald J. Gillio, Expo general chairman.
?They had a very good show, introducing and selling new silver and gold coins they produced in China,? he said.
Russia was represented by a dozen dealers and investors and a Russian TV film crew, Gillio said.
Market participants from England, Spain, Japan, Venezuela, Argentina and Canada also were present.
The auctions of U.S. and world coins and paper money by Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas generated over $26.5 million in winning bids.
Monaco Rare Coins of Newport Beach, Calif., displayed a virtually complete 150-coin date and mintmark collection of Types I, II and III Liberty Head double eagles 1850-1907. Valued at $6.5 million, this was the first public exhibit of the set that was assembled over two decades by a private collector.
The next Long Beach Expo is slated for Sept. 18-20 in the Long Beach (Calif.) Convention Center. For additional information, call (805) 962-9939, or visit online www.LongBeachShow.com.