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Baltimore Expo celebrates Lincoln

Collectors will have the opportunity to meet Abraham Lincoln at the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo March 26-28. Well, not exactly, but it is the next best thing.

“Come meet Mr. Lincoln!” said general manager David Crenshaw.

“This year is the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln cent and the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. To celebrate these important occasions, Dennis Boggs will present an enlightening, informative and educational look at the life of the 16th President as it might have been told by Abraham Lincoln himself.”

Visitors are invited to have a free souvenir photo taken with Mr. Lincoln.”

Admission, too, is free.

This year the National Federation of the Blind has partnered with the Expo to promote the “Braille Readers are Leaders” campaign, which will raise $8 million for Braille literacy programs. The initiative is based on sales of the Louis Braille commemorative silver dollar to be issued by the U.S. Mint, plus matching fund-raising.

Visitors who support this campaign with the purchase of the Louis Braille commemorative silver dollar will help change the lives of the blind across the country.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing will showcase its popular Billion Dollar Exhibit, which features more than a billion dollars in rare currency – including sheets of $100,000 bills, Treasury bonds, and Gold and Silver Certificates.

Additionally, the BEP will display a 19th-century spider press. A technical expert on currency production will conduct printing demonstrations on the press and answer questions. There will also be live demonstrations by members of the BEP’s Office of Engraving and the Mutilated Currency Examination and Redemption staffs.

Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker, featured speaker at the Expo, will present Abraham Lincoln: The Image of His Greatness at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28. Tucker explores the popular depiction of Lincoln as “ideal, idol, and icon.”

Bowers and Merena Auctions will call the official Expo sale.

The bourse will be filled by dealers in a wide variety of numismatic niches

“Hundreds of dealers travel to the show from around the country,” said Crenshaw. “They are happy to look at coins and paper money and offer value appraisals.”

“Kid’s Korner” activities start at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Every youngster aged 6-14 who attends will go home with free coins and prizes.

Show hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Baltimore Convention Center.

For more information visit the WhitmanExpo.com Web site.

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