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Siam set highlights exhibits at LB Expo

King of Siam  Set.jpgThe King of Siam set will highlight three exhibits worth a total of $17 million that will be on display at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo.

Running Feb. 9-11, the show will be held in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.

?As part of their ?World?s Most Valuable Coins Tour,? Monaco Financial of Newport Beach, Calif., will have an impressive, $5 million display entitled ?Early Americana Rarities,? and this will be the show?s featured exhibition,? said Ronald J. Gillio, expo general chairman.

The Monaco Financial exhibit includes a unique 1795 gold $5 with a large eagle reverse, graded Numismatic Guaranty Corp. Specimen 64. Other highlights include the only known proof 1800 $10, graded NGC Specimen 65, and one of the three known proof 1833 gold $5s, graded NGC Proof 63.

Other special displays include the King of Siam proof set, owned by Steven L. Contursi, president of Rare Coin Wholesalers. Given as a diplomatic gift by a representative of President Andrew Jackson to the King of Siam (now Thailand) in 1836, the set was recently purchased by Contursi for a record $8.5 million.

Professional Coin Grading Service will exhibit the finest collection of Indian Head $10s in the PCGS Set Registry. Assembled by Los Angeles collector John Kutasi, who values it at more than $3.5 million, the display includes a 1933 eagle.

Free educational seminars will be presented, PCGS, NGC and ANACS will provide on-site grading and encapsulation, a gold coin door prize will awarded each day and a Kid?s Treasure Hunt will be conducted on Saturday.

Public hours are Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9-10, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The show is closed on Sunday. A complete schedule of events can be found online at www.LongBeachShow.com.

General admission is $6, good for all three days. The cost is $5 for collectors with a valid membership card in any coin or stamp club and $4 for seniors 65 and older. Admission is free for children ages seven and younger. 

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