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Expo memorable

A Heritage auction that realized $22.3 million and displays of a recently discovered 1854-S gold $2.50 and a $10 million exhibit of Type I double eagles made the Sept. 22-24 Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo one to remember.

The event drew 7,188 dealers, collectors and members of the public.
Drawing heavy media coverage from Los Angeles news organizations was the 1854-S quarter eagle, a rarity passed down through four generations of a California Gold Rush-era family.

It was displayed in Long Beach by Doug Winter of Pinnacle Rarities of Lakewood, Wash., just days after he purchased it at an American Numismatic Rarities auction for $253,000 on behalf of an anonymous collector.

The show also featured a $10 million exhibit of high-quality early U.S. $20 gold pieces and coins recently recovered from the 1865 shipwreck of the S.S. Republic. Monaco Financial of Newport Beach, Calif., and Odyssey Marine Exploration of Tampa, Fla., teamed up to put on the display.

“The eBay seminars continue to be popular with collectors and dealers, and the Industry Council for Tangible Assets conducted a special seminar for dealers about compliance with the U.S. Patriot Act,” said Ronald J. Gillio, expo general chairman.

The next Long Beach Expo will be Feb. 9-11, 2006.
For more, call (805) 962-9939 or see Web site www.LongBeachShow.com.

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