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Auctions anchor Baltimore Expo

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Underpinned by an official show auction that realized $13.2 million and a pre-show sale of $4.5 million, the Baltimore Expo staged a strong performance Nov.. 4-7.

General Manager David Crenshaw noted that attendance was up by 12 percent over the 2009 figure as well.

“We are pleased to announce that this year’s November Baltimore Expo enjoyed four solid days of attendance, a great deal of buzz on the bourse and general satisfaction from dealers and collectors alike,” Crenshaw said.

He said both the Stack’s pre-show auction and the official auction by Bowers and Merena enjoyed strong sales.

The Expo featured a number of educational presentations.

John Longley, of Odyssey Marine Exploration, shared details of his company’s exploration of the Civil War-era ship S.S. Republic and other major shipwrecks from a numismatic perspective.

Q. David Bowers traced his history with the American Numismatic Association beginning with the 1955 convention for which he had to seek special permission when, as a mere teenager, he wanted to have his own bourse table.

Bowers forecast, “The hobby is going to become larger and better. We have a great hobby; we are lucky to be numismatists.”

A special 10th anniversary exhibit featured the Sacagawea dollar’s initial terra-cotta coin study and other artifacts of interest by designer Glenna Goodacre.

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