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Treasure topic of Evans

An all-day educational seminar taking place after the final day of bourse activities will highlight Central States Numismatic Society’s 70th Anniversary Convention, slated for April 28-May 3 at Cincinnati, Ohio’s Duke Energy Center.

Bob Evans, chief scientist on the S.S. Central America shipwreck discovery and recovery project, will give a presentation on the famous treasure ship from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3.

His talk is titled “The S.S. Central America – Its History, Sinking, Rediscovery, Salvaging and Numismatic Significance.”

Pre-registration and a fee are required.Request an application form from Ray Lockwood, CSNS education director, 2075 E. Bocock Road, Marion, IN 46952; or contact him by e-mail at sunrayofmarion@aol.com.

Registration fee is $10 for CSNS members and $20 for non-members. Non-members may apply $10 of the fee to a one-year CSNS membership.

While the Evans event wraps up convention activities, there are many preceding educational programs scheduled for the duration of the show.

The convention gets under way April 28, when two presentations will be held prior to the opening of the 250-plus booth bourse area on April 30.

William Conroy will conduct a seminar, “Diagnostic Characteristics of Key Date Altered and Counterfeit Coins,” from 9 a.m. to noon. Glen Jorde of Paper Money Guaranty Corporation will speak on “Issues Related to the Aesthetic and Appearance Enhancement of Collectable Paper Money” from 1 to 4 p.m.

There is no fee for either program, but advance registration is required. Find details on the CSNS Web site, www.centralstates.info.

William Cowburn is among educational presenters scheduled for April 30. His “Collect Error Coins and Put Fun Back Into Your Hobby” begins at 1 p.m.

The educational lineup for May 1 begins with a Professional Numismatists Guild “Share the Knowledge” seminar at 11 a.m., followed by Ron Guth at 1:30 p.m. Guth’s topic will be “The Emerging Threat of Counterfeit Coins from China.”

Saturday’s programs will include a Boy Scout Merit Badge Clinic from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and a Girl Scout Fun with Money Patch Clinic from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will also be a YN Treasure Hunt from 1 to 3 p.m.

A number of numismatic clubs will hold meetings at the CSNS gathering. PNG will convene April 28.

Groups scheduled for May 1 are the Fellowship of Christian Numismatists, Liberty Seated Collectors Club and Society of Paper Money Collectors.

Women in Numismatics, Encased Collectors International and the Ohio Valley Casino Chip Collectors will meet May 2.

CSNS will sponsor its Annual Club Representatives Breakfast at 8 a.m. May 1, while its own Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. May 2.

Heritage is the official Central States convention auctioneer. Its sales will be dedicated to rare coins and currency. For details, see related story on page 1 or visit the firm’s Web site at www.ha.com.

Bourse activities get under way April 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the invitation-only PNG Day, featuring a special bourse with roughly 100 PNG members as booth holders.

Regular bourse hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 1 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2. There are no Sunday hours.

Dealers interested in booth space should call Jerry Lebo, bourse chairman, at (574) 753-2489.

For full convention details, including a complete schedule of events, dealer listing and bourse map, visit www.centralstates.info.

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