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Two famous early American coins – a 1776 Continental currency dollar struck in pewter and graded MS-65 by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, and a 1792 half disme graded NGC MS-63 – will be the featured exhibits at the Santa Clara Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo set for April 15-17 in the Santa Clara, Calif., Convention Center.
“The coins have a combined value of $750,000, and will be displayed courtesy of Robert Higgins of Certified Assets Management, Inc. in Wilmington, Del.,” said Ronald J. Gillio, expo general chairman.
“Benjamin Franklin is credited with the design concept of the Continental dollars and they were struck just a few weeks after the Declaration of Independence was signed,” explained Gillio. “The 1792 half disme was authorized by President George Washington as the first official coin produced by the United States.”
Open to the public, more than 400 dealers will be buying and selling gold, rare coins, paper money, postage stamps, postcards, autographs, historical documents, antiques and estate jewelry during the show. Many dealers will provide free, informal appraisals for the public.
A gold coin door prize will be given away each day to a lucky visitor. Representatives of the Professional Coin Grading Service will attend the show to accept coin submissions for authentication and grading.
Admission is $6 for a three-day pass; $3 for seniors. Discount coupons are available online at www.santaclaraexpo.com. Children 7 and younger are admitted free.
Public hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 15-16, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 17. Free convention center parking will be available.
For more information, call Expos Unlimited at (805) 962-9939 or visit www.santaclaraexpo.com.