With the FUN 2020 show now over, the next major numismatic event is the Long Beach Expo. Held three times a year, this expo includes coins, currency, stamp, and sports collectibles. The date of the first Long Beach Expo for 2020 is Feb. 20-22.
THURSDAY, FEB. 20
The expo opens to the public Thursday, Feb. 20. Attendees will have a chance to view Heritage auction lots from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bourse opens to exhibitors and early birds at 9 a.m. and opens to the general public at 10 a.m. Also at 10 a.m., two exhibits will go on display until 7 p.m. that night. The first exhibit is “Eagles of the Tyrant,” which will be on display at the Tyrant Display booth (807), and the second exhibit is “A Fabulous Exhibition of Flying Eagle & Indian Cents,” which will be on display at the PCGS Set Registry Booth (404).
At 10:30 a.m., show-goers will have a chance to “meet the expert,” Steve Feltner, PCGS director of numismatic education and outreach. He will answer questions at Booth 401. At 2 p.m., there is a gold coin giveaway. All attendees are welcome to enter, but they must be present to win. At 6:30 p.m., the bourse will close for the day.
FRIDAY, FEB. 21
To kick off day two, there is a Heritage Auctions lot viewing at 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The bourse floor opens to the public again at 10 a.m. The same displays will be available for viewing beginning at 2 p.m. and another gold coin giveaway is planned. The bourse closes again at 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEB. 22
Saturday is a day for the youngsters as the Young Numismatists activities kick off at 11 a.m. at Booth 861. Here, they can participate in America the Beautiful quarter trivia where they can win free quarters. The second activity is a World Currency Country Match where they can earn a starter collection of foreign currency for matching notes with the correct country. They can win up to 30 different pieces of foreign currency. Besides fun activities, the booth also offers free educational literature to encourage people in the hobby, coin club meeting information, and a free coin appraisal service.
Also at 11 a.m. is a free Kid’s Treasure Hunt at Booth 1168. Young people can earn coins and take them over to Booth 404 to learn how to create sets in the PCGS Set Registry.
Besides activities for youngsters and adults alike, a number of clubs are set to hold meetings during the expo. On Friday, Feb. 21, Christian Coin Dealers are meeting in Room 102-C at 7:30 a.m., and the Early American Coppers Club is meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the same room. On Saturday, Feb. 22, the Numismatic Association of Southern California (NASC) is meeting from 8-10 a.m. in Room 102-C, and the Long Beach Coin Club has a seminar and meeting at 11 a.m. in the same room.
General admission cost is $8. For club members, seniors age 65 and up and children 8-16, the cost is $4. For children 7 and under, admission is free. The admission is good for all three days.
For more information on the Long Beach Expo, visit www.longbeachexpo.com.