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Baltimore boasts its largest show

Three halls of the Baltimore Conven-tion Center will be filled by the Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention March 22-25. That is 50 percent larger than ever before, said general manager David Crenshaw.

?We expect more than 10,000 old and new collectors to visit the show,? Crenshaw said. ?Gold and silver skyrocketing in the past year has brought a lot of fresh interest in rare coins. Plus the U.S. Mint?s exciting new coins, like the Presidential dollars and 2007 state quarters, continue to attract new hobbyists. More people are collecting rare paper money, too. These are hobbies that touch on United States history, art and politics; things that Americans are passionate about.?

A Bowers and Merena auction March 22-23, will kick off the show. (See separate auction story by Greg Reynolds.)

Events scheduled for Saturday include Young Numismatists events, club meetings and a presentation on market values.

As part of a Young Numismatists program, at four times ? noon, 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. ? children 12 years and younger will have the opportunity to dip into the Kid?s Bucket for a free handful of money.

The Maryland Token and Medal Society will meet at 11 a.m. and the Society of Paper Money Collectors will meet at 4 p.m.

Joe Kaminski will present ?Greysheet Pricing vs. Market Values: A Personal Perspective? at 3 p.m.

Holding with tradition, ?Super Bourse Thursday? will be begin at 9 a.m. March 22. Non-tabled dealers can access the bourse floor one day in advance of the general public for a fee of $100, of which $25 is donated to Children?s Hospital.

The bourse floor will be open to the public with free admission 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sunday the bourse floor will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For additional information, visit www.WhitmanExpo.com.

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