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Heritage Auctions Appraisals, PCGS’ 30th Anniversary Exhibit And Crossover Special

January 11, 2016 in Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, Grading, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, Stamps, USA Coins

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February 2016 Long Beach Expo Offers Free Heritage Auctions Appraisals, PCGS’ 30th Anniversary Exhibit And Crossover Special


Collectibles and antiques experts from Heritage Auctions will provide complimentary appraisals for the public at the February 4 – 6, 2016 Long Beach Expo.  (Photo credit: Heritage Auctions.)

Collectibles and antiques experts from Heritage Auctions will provide complimentary appraisals for the public at the February 4 – 6, 2016 Long Beach Expo. (Photo credit: Heritage Auctions.)

(Long Beach, California) – The February 4 – 6, 2016 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Professional Coin Grading Service with special exhibits, contests and discounts on PCGS crossover certification services.

“Another exciting show is in the works,” said Long Beach Expo President Cassi East.  “We’re encouraging the public to bring their collectibles to the show for free appraisals from Heritage Auctions.  Plus, representatives of the United States Mint will be at the show all three days displaying and selling examples of their latest gold and silver coins and commemorative medals.”  

In addition to conducting a sale of United States rare coins, Heritage Auctions, the official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo, will have more than a dozen experts on hand to examine and appraise the public’s collectibles in these categories:

Americana and Political; Space Exploration; Arms & Armor, Civil War and Militaria; Coins and Currency; Comics and Comic Animation Art; Decorative Art, Silver, Vertu, Asian Art; Entertainment and Music Memorabilia; Vintage Guitars; Fine Art; Fine Jewelry, Watches and Timepieces; Luxury Accessories; Rare Wine; Rare Books and Historical Manuscripts; Texana; and Sports.

PCGS will display more than 120 different, promotional sample “slabs” issued by the company since its founding three decades ago in February 1986. The historic slabs are from the collections of Dr. Timothy Larson of Mercer Island, Washington, Robert Klein of Monroe, New York, and Robert Paul of Southern California.

While supplies last, PCGS will also be giving away mint condition Lincoln cents encapsulated in samples of the company’s latest enhanced security holders.  Each one will be presented in a specially-created commemorative Sample Slabs brochure that explains the history and features of PCGS holders.

PCGS will conduct another grading competition for adults and young numismatists with the opportunity for the winner of each category to win a valuable cash prize for the adult winner and a Mint State Morgan dollar for the YN winner.  To sign up for the grading contest, call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

PCGS also will offer a special deal for crossover submissions at the show.  You can submit your coins that have been previously certified by other third-party grading companies, and if the coins do not meet PCGS standards and are not crossed over, you only pay $10.

Representatives of Professional Sports Authenticator ( and PSA/DNA Authentication Services will be accepting submissions at the show.  PSA/DNA also will offer on-site authentication on Friday, February 5.

“There will be about a dozen club meetings and other educational seminars during the upcoming show.  More than 500 collectibles dealers from around the country will be buying and selling rare coins, gold, silver, paper money, stamps, sports memorabilia, estate jewelry and other collectibles,” said East.

On Saturday, February 6, youngsters can get free prizes during a treasure hunt, and the Long Beach Stamp Club will give away vintage, collectible postage stamps to children to help them start a collection.

Show hours are Thursday and Friday, February 4 and 5, from 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, February 6, from 10 am to 5 pm.  Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and children aged 8 to 16; however, free admission coupons are available in advance online.  

“Simply go to our website,, click ‘Get Passes,’ and enter the special Promo Code, EXPOPR.  Then print out the free admission coupon and present it at the show’s registration desk,” said East.

For additional information, including the schedule of events and a list of attending dealers, visit online at, call the Long Beach Expo at 888-743-9316 or email at



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Littleton Coin Founder Maynard Sundman to Join American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame

January 8, 2016 in American Philatelic Society, Awards, Collecting, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Philately, Stamps

By: Coin Update (Coin Update News)


Littleton Coin Company has shared the following press release:

The American Philatelic Society recently announced that Maynard Sundman (1915-2007), founder of Littleton Coin Company and former owner of Mystic Stamp Company has been named to the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame class of 2015.

The award, established in 1940, annually honors collectors posthumously for a lifetime of service in philately. Mr. Sundman’s contributions included introducing thousands of new collectors to the hobby with innovative advertisements and mail order offers, as well as expanding the practice of sending stamps and coins through the mail with a range of… Full article at the source>

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London 2015 Europhilex Opens to Record Crowd on First Day

May 14, 2015 in Collecting, Conventions, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Stamps

By: Michael Alexander (Coin Update News)


This year’s premier show for stamps and all things philatelic opened today to record crowds who lined up early in order to be the first through the doors. On the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the first postage stamps, this year’s Europhilex was expected to be attended by larger collectors and the organizers were not disappointed.

On display is an unprecedented collection of documents and philatelic memorabilia that records not only the development of the postal system that we know today, but also some of the most important events in world history. Included in the display is the… Full article at the source>

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Joint Australia – New Zealand stamp & coin set commemorates ANZAC’s shared Gallipoli experience

April 7, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, New Zealand Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Stamps, World Coins

By Blog Team Perth Mint Blog


The national postal service providers of Australia and New Zealand have come together in conjunction with The Perth Mint to honour troops from both nations who fought at Gallipoli.

The 2015 ANZAC Silver Coin & Stamp Set is a stunning collectable comprising an Australian 70c stamp, a New Zealand $2.00 stamp, and special commemorative stamp-shaped legal tender coins featuring superb complementary designs.

Set on background imagery of Anzac Cove, they share the word ANZAC and silhouetted figures of two soldiers at a memorial service – an Australian bugler wearing a slouch hat, and a New Zealand catafalque sentry Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Owner of Hamilton coin shop a witness to much change

March 20, 2014 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Stamps, USA Coins, World Coins

By Joyce J. Persico / For The Times. March 20th, 2014 (

HAMILTON — After 39 years at McGraw-Hill, where he worked as vice president of human resources and payroll, Harry Garrison decided he didn’t just want to sit home and relax.

A stamp collector since the age of 8, he turned to coin collecting later in life, touring coin shows on the East Coast with a partner. Then he saw a small real estate building for sale at 4343 S. Broad St. in Yardville, bought it in 1998 and opened it in 1999 as Colonial Valley Coins. The rest is numismatist history.

The sideline became a second career that the Cream Ridge resident now pursues on an “appointment only” basis at the store while his partner, Bohdan “Bo” Bobjak, deals with its everyday operation as owner and co-manager.

“I wanted to retire at 60 and have everything in place. But I drove past this place, saw it was for sale, renovated it for a year and opened it as a business in 1999. I still do the coin shows on some weekends.”

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Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo Starts Thursday

January 27, 2014 in Clubs and Associations, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Stamps, U.S. Notes, USA Coins

By: January 26th, 2014

The 50th annual Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo will occur from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

The expo is open to the public for buying gold, silver, rare coins, vintage paper money, rare stamps, sports memorabilia and other collectibles. Most of the 400 dealers will offer free appraisals.

Free admission is available to the public in advance by entering the Promo Code PR214 on the “Get Passes” link at Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors 65 years of age and older and children 8 to 16 years of age. Admission is good for all three days.

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The Gold and Silver Mine: Is the U.S. Postal Service getting into the lottery business?

January 15, 2014 in Collecting, Education, History, News, Stamps

By: Douglas Keefe. January 14th, 2014 (

A weekly column dedicated to “digging out” current information about precious metals, coins and other numismatics.

Stamp collecting is the first serious hobby I embarked on, starting while in the fourth grade and continuing for many years after.

In fact when I opened my first stores, first here in Brigantine and later in the Shore Mall, the only items I dealt with were coins, stamps and metal detectors (hence the name Beachcomber).

Because I still have a soft spot in my heart for stamp collecting, I will occasionally write an article about stamps. This is one.

By 1918 air travel, though still in its’ infancy, was becoming more commonplace.

The post office, in order to speed up the delivery of mail, decided to use airplanes for that purpose. Because this would be a more expensive mode of transit, they decided to print airmail stamps in a higher value than the regular 2-cent and 3-cent rates that were used in overland transit. The first airmail stamps were printed in 6 cent, 16 cent and 24 cent denominations, the difference being for weight and length of transit. The stamps featured the portrait of a bi-plane (an airplane with two wings that was common at that time) known as the Curtiss “Jenny.” Curtiss being the name of the company that manufactured the airplane.

The first two stamps were printed in one color, orange and green respectively, but it was decided the 24-cent stamp should be printed in two colors, red for the border and dark blue for the airplane. Because of printing techniques at that time the stamp, which was printed in sheets of 100, had to be fed through the printing press twice, once for each color. As can happen, one sheet of stamps had the airplane printed upside down (inverted) and this sheet got past the inspectors and was sold to a very lucky individual. This created one of the major rarities of United States stamps, although not unique because other stamps that went through the two-step printing process also ended up with inverted centers.

Fast forward to 2013. The U. S. Postal Service has evidently decided to get into the lottery business as they have reprinted this famous stamp in the form of a sheet featuring six of the inverted stamps in a denomination of $2 instead of the original 24 cents, making the sheet valued at $12.  However, 100 sheets were printed with the airplane right side up, not inverted. These sheets are sold in sealed envelopes, so the purchaser has no way of knowing in advance what stamp they are purchasing. This needless to say has created quite a controversy as well as a demand for the right side up variety, with offers in the tens of thousands of dollars for their purchase from the lucky finder.

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Stamps and coins of the Sede Vacante

March 2, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Stamps, Vatican Coins

Vatican City, 1 March 2013 (VIS) (

– The Philatelic and Numismatic Office of the Governorate of Vatican City State has issued four stamps with the image of an angel raising the pavilion (“umbraculum”) of the Apostolic Camera, the work of Italian artist Daniela Longo. The stamps cost: €0.70 for mail to Italy, with a light green background; €0.85 for mail to Europe, with a blue background; €2.00 for mail to the Americas, with a grey background; and €2.50 for mail to Oceania, on a yellow background.

The use of these stamps as postage is only available during the Sede Vacante, ending with the election of the new Pope. Their philatelic use is allowed afterwards and the office will continue to sell them to collectors. The initial printing is for 230,000 complete series. The folder including all four stamps costs €15.00. There is also a smaller folder that was created on Pope Benedict XVI’s renunciation of the pontificate, which includes two stamps and costs €10.00.
Regarding coins, a €2.00 one commemorating the Sede Vacante will be issued. It is the only one that will be circulated seeing that, according to the European convention with the Vatican City State, only one coin is allowed to be issued per year, with an extra one permitted in the case of a Sede Vacante. There will, therefore, be two coins in 2013: one for the Sede Vacante and the other, to be issued in April, with an image of Benedict XVI.
The Sede Vacante coin, 125,000 of which will be minted, bears the emblem of the Cardinal camerlengo with the pavilion of the Apostolic Camera.
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