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A brief history of silver certificates

February 16, 2017 in Blogs, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, U.S. Notes

By: Tegna Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

United States Silver Certificate

Forms of currency come and go throughout the histories of nations around the world, from the Franc to the Euro, and from simple gold pieces to the standard silver coin. The U.S. is a relatively young nation (240 years old) but its currencies have changed several times since its founding. One currency lost to antiquity is the Silver Certificate, which began circulation in 1878.

A Brief History of the Silver Certificate

The Silver Certificate was created in response to silver agitation (demonetized silver) by American citizens upset with the Fourth Coinage Act of 1873, which aimed to end bimetal currency by implementing… Full article at the source>

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$10 Million Coin Makes First Public West Coast Appearance

January 16, 2017 in Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Dollar Coins, Education, Entertainment, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins, World Records

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$10 Million Coin Makes First Public West Coast Appearance

The 1794 Specimen Dollar from the Bruce Morelan Collection of Early Dollars is one of many highlights of the show.

The 1794 Specimen Dollar from the Bruce Morelan Collection of Early Dollars is one of many highlights of the show.

(Long Beach, California) — The Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo is set to kick off 2017 with their first show of the year (www.LongBeachExpo.com). From February 16-18, 2017, the show will boast the hobby’s first $10 million coin on display, along with gold coin giveaways, educational opportunities for collectors, and as always, fun activities for kids.

Highlighting the many features of the Long Beach Expo is the display of the Bruce Morelan Collection of Early Dollars (booth 1348), featuring the 1794 Specimen Dollar, better known as the first, and only, coin to reach the $10 million mark at auction.

Compiled over years by famed collector Bruce Morelan, the set features 12 early silver dollars, dating from 1794 to 1803, and includes coins of such pedigree, value and grade that it is considered one of the most remarkable achievements in the annals of American numismatics.

“We are thrilled to have the privilege to showcase this unprecedented set and coin that many believe to be the first dollar struck on U.S. soil. In fact, we encourage visitors to take a picture with the coin, a piece of American history,” said Long Beach Expo President Cassi East.

The 1794 Specimen Dollar will be presented in a walk-through, museum-quality exhibition space, perfect for 360 degree views of the iconic coin.

In addition to hundreds of dealers from throughout the world of collectibles, two key players in the numismatic industry will be on-site. The U.S. Mint will be present, selling the latest commemorative coins at booth 1148, and PCGS will be grading coins and offering special labels for U.S. Mint releases at booth 807.  

“This is a great chance for collectors to get the latest U.S. Mint coins, then get their coins graded and holdered with special labels at the PCGS booth, all at one show. It’s a one-stop show for your collecting needs,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

Attendees have three chances to win ½ ounce Gold Eagle coins by way of a prize drawing each day.

Attendees have three chances to win ½ ounce Gold Eagle coins by way of a prize drawing each day.

Each year, the Long Beach Expo gives visitors various educational opportunities throughout the three-day show. For this upcoming show, The National Silver Dollar Roundtable (booth 1148) is offering a free silver dollar seminar on Thursday, February 16 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The show also gives visitors a chance to meet with a respected numismatist during “Meet the Expert” sessions. PCGS Founder David Hall will conduct the sessions during all three days of the show (booth 807), Thursday, February 16, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday, February 17, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; and Saturday, February 18, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Aside from educational opportunities and an abundance of collectibles from over 500 dealers, the Long Beach Expo is also fun for kids. Be sure to bring your kids by Saturday, February 18 to partake in our Treasure Hunt, where they have the chance to earn up to three PCGS-certified coins, Pokémon cards and a goodie bag,” said East.

Attendees have three chances to win ½ ounce Gold Eagle coins by way of a prize drawing each day. Winners will be drawn at 1 p.m. each day of the show. Simply sign up for free at the registration booth.

The official auctioneer of Long Beach Expo, Heritage Auctions, will hold their Signature U.S. Coin Auction from Wednesday, February 15 to Friday, February 17.

For those locating their coins via the CoinSearch (m.collectorscorner.com), look for listings five to seven days before show day.

Free admission is available to the Long Beach Expo with promo code EXPOPR. Go to www.LongBeachExpo.com and click on the “GET PASSES” button.

The Long Beach Expo will take place February 16-18, 2017, at the Long Beach Convention Center. For additional information, including the schedule of events and a list of attending dealers, visit online at www.LongBeachExpo.com, call the Long Beach Expo at 888-743-9316 or email at LBExpo@collectors.com.

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Should “In God We Trust” Be Banned From Money?

July 25, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Coins, Collecting, Currency, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Press Releases, U.S. Notes, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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Defending “In God We Trust” Motto Focus Of

Free Anaheim Educational Presentation, August 11

“Some critics of ‘In God We Trust’ may be ignorant of the phrase’s long history or are deliberately ignoring the rulings of courts and resolutions of Congress,” points out award-winning writer Michael Fuljenz.
(Anaheim, California) – An educator and acclaimed writer will give a free, informative presentation on defending the national motto, “In God We Trust,” in Anaheim, California onThursday, August 11, 2016.  The public is invited.
The program will be presented by Michael Fuljenz of Beaumont, Texas as part of the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money®, a family-friendly, educational event,August 9 – 13.  In a 1954 resolution the association supported the placing of “In God We Trust” on all U.S. currency.
The 45-minute, illustrated presentation by Fuljenz entitled, “Should ‘In God We Trust’ Be Banned From Money?,” will start at 1 pm on August 11 in room Avila A on the 4th floor of the Hilton Anaheim Hotel, 777 W Convention Way.  Audience members will learn how the motto was developed and why its historical timeline is important to its continued use today.

 “Some critics of ‘In God We Trust’ may be ignorant of the phrase’s long history or are deliberately ignoring the rulings of courts and resolutions of Congress,” explained Fuljenz, the President of Universal Coin & Bullion (www.UniversalCoin.com) in Beaumont who has written award-winning articles about the national motto (www.INGODWETRUSTonmoney.com).

 

Commenting on the recent controversy about the motto’s placement on police vehicles in some communities, Fuljenz explained: “The patriotic motto has withstood a long line of legal challenges to appear on our money and on government-owned property.  Courts have ruled that the motto can remain for ceremonial and patriotic reasons, for tradition and for passive use.”

“It first appeared on circulating United States coins in 1864.  It has been on all our coins since 1938, became the only official national motto in 1956 with the signing of legislation by President Dwight Eisenhower, and has appeared on all our paper money since 1966,” said Fuljenz.

A lawsuit was filed earlier this year in Ohio seeking to remove the phrase from U.S. coins and paper money.
In 2013, a Federal Court judge in New York dismissed a lawsuit seeking removal of In God We Trust from our currency.  The judge noted that “the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly assumed the motto’s secular purpose and effect.”  In 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a resolution reaffirming it as the national motto and encouraging its display in all public schools and government buildings.

Fuljenz pointed out that while the motto first appeared on U.S. coins at the time of the Civil War it actually was inspired by events a half century earlier during the War of 1812.
“In 1861, Treasury Secretary Salmon Chase received a letter from a Pennsylvania minister who requested ‘the recognition of the Almighty God in some form on our coins.’   Chase instructed Mint Director James Pollock to prepare a motto.  Pollock recalled a then-popular lyric in the now-seldom sung fourth stanza of The Star Spangled Banner: ‘And this be our motto – In God is our trust.’  Pollock had the words, ‘GOD OUR TRUST,’ placed on a few experimental patterns being tested in the early 1860s for proposed new designs for half-dollar and $10 denomination coins,” said Fuljenz.
“After consultations and debate within the Treasury Department, the words, IN GOD WE TRUST, first appeared in circulation on a new coin denomination, copper two-cent pieces, starting in 1864,” Fuljenz added.
Admission to the August 11 lecture is free.  Admission to the World’s Fair of Money in the Anaheim Convention Center, August 9 – 12, will be $8 for adults, free for children, and free to everyone on Saturday, August 13.  A $2 discount coupon is available online at www.WorldsFairOfMoney.com.

About Michael Fuljenz

Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion

Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion

A former high school chemistry and physics teacher and principal of the Governor’s gifted students program in Louisiana, Mike Fuljenz has served on the Diocese of Beaumont Catholic School Board since 2007 and was President from 2010 to 2012.  He was honored with the Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas Humanitarian Award in 2013.

Known as America’s Gold Expert®, Michael Fuljenz has won dozens of prestigious national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals.  He recently received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from McNeese State University.  A respected community leader in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, Mike also has served with distinction as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission, United States Mint and Royal Canadian Mint, and is on the Boards of Directors of the Jefferson County Texas Crime Stoppers organization, the Numismatic Literary Guild and the Industry Council For Tangible Assets.

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WAMPUM – The Original Currency

July 22, 2016 in Blogs, Collecting, Currency, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By: Libertycoin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Wampum

When Europeans began traveling in masses to the New World during the 17thcentury, many arrived with little more than the clothes on their backs. Having spent virtually every last bit of available worth for the trip across the pond, the new settlers began searching for the means to trade, barter and purchase necessities for survival.

The pre-existing inhabitants of the land would prove to be well-versed in obtaining many of the primary provisions needed for everyday life. Thus began a trading relationship that would evolve into currency exchange, but not in the manner of which we may think by today’s standards.

Wampum… Full article at the source>

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The Educational Series is considered to be the most beautiful currency ever created by the United States

May 16, 2016 in Art, Blogs, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Collecting, Education, History, Money, Numismatica, Numismatics, Paper Money

By: Angela Raymond Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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In 1896, the United States released the Educational Series, an artistically inclined series of currency depicting three allegorical motifs that would become some of the most highly revered notes ever produced by our government.

For years, the silver certificate was a dull rendition of black ink featured on the obverse and green on the back but by the 1890’s, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing agreed it was time to revamp the appearance of the silver certificates. The BEP then commissioned designers known for their allegorical murals to create the artwork for each denomination. Of the 15-20 artists hired for… Full article at the source>

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Long Beach Expo Visitors See United States Mint’s Reagan Coins Designs

February 6, 2016 in Art, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Conventions, Dollar Coins, Education, Entertainment, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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Long Beach Expo Visitors See
United States Mint’s Reagan Coins Designs

 

James Pressley and Ronald Reagan art: United States Mint Retail Sales Manager James Pressley unveils at the Long Beach Expo on February 6, 2016 the design selected for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Dollar. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

James Pressley and Ronald Reagan art:
United States Mint Retail Sales Manager James Pressley unveils at the Long Beach Expo on February 6, 2016 the design selected for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Dollar. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

(Long Beach, California) – Visitors on the closing day of the February 2016 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo received a previously announced numismatic treat.  Representatives of the United States Mint displayed the just-announced selected designs for the upcoming Ronald Reagan Presidential dollar and Nancy Reagan First Spouse gold coin.

“The official unveiling ceremony was conducted at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on Saturday morning, February 6.  However, as soon as that ceremony ended, Mint employees attending the Long Beach Expo promptly set up a display of the designs that will be used for the new commemorative coins,” said Cassi East, President of the Long Beach Expo.

“At about 12:30 on Saturday afternoon, we made a public address announcement to tell everyone on the convention floor about the surprise display.  Visitors to the show were quite happy to be among the first to see which artworks were selected for the coin designs,” explained East.

“All of us are delighted the United States Mint gave everyone at the Long Beach Expo the opportunity to see the historic design selections as soon as possible after the official unveiling,” added East.

The United States Mint had a booth at the February 4 – 6 Long Beach Expo to showcase and sell the Mint’s latest collector coins and medals.  James Pressley, the Mint’s Retail Sales Manager, made arrangements with other Mint officials to display the Ronald and Nancy Reagan coin designs at the show, located south of Los Angeles, as soon as the official ceremony ended 70 miles away in Simi Valley, north of Los Angeles.

February 6 was selected as the date for the unveiling of the selected designs because it was the 105th anniversary of the late President’s birth.

James Pressley and Nancy Reagan art: The reverse and obverse designs selected for the Nancy Reagan First Spouse gold coins were publicly displayed at the Long Beach Expo by United States Mint Retail Sales Manager, James Pressley, immediately after the official unveiling ceremony at the Reagan Presidential Library. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

James Pressley and Nancy Reagan art:
The reverse and obverse designs selected for the Nancy Reagan First Spouse gold coins were publicly displayed at the Long Beach Expo by United States Mint Retail Sales Manager, James Pressley, immediately after the official unveiling ceremony at the Reagan Presidential Library. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

According to the official announcement from the Mint, both the Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan coins will be featured in a variety of products available for purchase from the United States Mint during 2016.  For additional information, visit the Mint’s website at www.usmint.gov.

The next Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo will be conducted in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, June 9-11, 2016.   For additional information, visit www.LongBeachExpo.com.

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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 (www.PSAcard.com) 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, www.LongBeachExpo.com, 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 www.LongBeachExpo.com, call the Long Beach Expo at 888-743-9316 or email at LBExpo@collectors.com.

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PCGS Will Offer Popular Crossover Special At February 2016 Long Beach Expo

January 11, 2016 in Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Dollar Coins, Education, Events, Grading, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

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PCGS Will Offer Popular Crossover Special At February 2016 Long Beach Expo

 

Professional Coin Grading Service will again offer a special opportunity for its popular “crossover” service at the February 4 – 6, 2016 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo.  The usual crossover grading fee will be reduced to only $10 on coins submitted at the show that do not qualify to be placed into PCGS holders.

“The best coins always end up in PCGS holders,” states PCGS President Don Willis. This 1801 Draped Bust dollar from the Newman Collection crossed over to become PCGS Secure MS65.

“The best coins always end up in PCGS holders,” states PCGS President Don Willis. This 1801 Draped Bust dollar from the Newman Collection crossed over to become PCGS Secure MS65.

“The best coins always end up in PCGS holders because collectors and dealers know that PCGS certification helps maximize the value, liquidity and security of coins,” stated PCGS President Don Willis.

“As 2015 auction results demonstrate, coins in PCGS holders repeatedly brought the highest prices.  The February Long Beach Expo is an excellent opportunity to submit your coins that have been graded by other third-party grading companies. If the coins do not meet PCGS standards and are not crossed over, you only pay $10 in grading fees,” explained Willis.

The criteria for the Long Beach Expo Crossover Special are simple:

  • PCGS will accept coins in ANACS, ICG or NGC holders.
  • Each customer can submit a maximum of 600 crossovers.
  • The Crossover Special is not available for Show Express orders.
  • For coins that cross, you will be charged the regular grading fee and handling fee, along with the Guarantee Premium, which is equal to 1% of the value of the coin in its final grade ($5 minimum Guaranteed Premium).
  • Any con that does not cross will be returned in its original holder and you will only be charged $10 per coin, and a handling fee of $10 per order.

Coins received by PCGS after 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 4, may not be completed by the end of the show. Please check with a PCGS Customer Service Representative at the booth (#807) for official cutoff information.  Any submissions not completed at the show are subject to appropriate shipping and handling charges which are in addition to any grading or guarantee premium fees.  PCGS recommends a credit card as method of payment to ensure overpayment is avoided.

For additional information about the February 2016 Long Beach Expo Crossover special offer, contact PCGS Customer Service representatives at the PCGS booth during the Long Beach Expo or call (800) 447-8848.

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The world’s strangest currencies

December 23, 2015 in Blogs, Education, Fun, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

Before the invention of coins, people around the world used a diverse range of objects as money.

Different societies invested such objects with fixed values in order to provide a more flexible means of exchange than straightforward barter.

Useful things that acquired monetary value at certain times have included Indian almonds, Scandinavian dried fish, and Mexican cacao beans.

[A throwback to those days of old was the use of rum as a form of currency in early New South Wales where there was very few coins.]

The path to finding the best form of money was long and riddled with trial and error, because… Full article at the source>

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PCGS Grading Contest Announced For September 2015 Long Beach Expo

July 28, 2015 in Clubs and Associations, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, Grading, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Seminars, Young Collectors

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PCGS Grading Contest Announced
For September 2015 Long Beach Expo

 

A young numismatist examining a coin during the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.

A young numismatist examining a coin during the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.

Collectors, dealers and young numismatists again will have the chance to test their coin grading skills and compete for prizes in the PCGS Coin Grading Contest.  The newly announced competition will be held at the September 2015 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo, but interested participants should sign up now.

The entry fee is $50 for dealers and their associates, $25 for collectors and free for young numismatists.

The dealer with the highest score will receive a $1,000 check from Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com).  The highest scoring collector will receive $500 and the highest scoring young numismatist will receive a Mint State Morgan Dollar.

“Responses to our previous grading contests have been excellent.  We had to turn away several people who had not pre-registered for the last competition at the June Long Beach Expo because all the available slots were already filled,” said PCGS President Don Willis. “So, don’t wait to register.”

The competition will be open to members of the PCGS Collectors Club, PCGS Authorized Dealers, PCGS Set Registry participants, PCGS CoinFacts subscribers and young collectors aged 16 or younger.

To register for a contest time slot or get additional information, call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848, Monday through Friday between 7:00 am to 5:00 pm PST, or email info@PCGS.com.

A contestant closely examining one of the coins during the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.

A contestant closely examining one of the coins during the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.

Participants in the dealers and collectors categories will have 30 minutes to grade 20 coins, while young numismatists will have 20 minutes to grade 10 coins.

“Once again, a variety of coins will be carefully selected for the contest, and evaluating each one will definitely challenge even the most knowledgeable collector,” said PCGS Co-Founder and Collectors Universe President David Hall.

The Long Beach Expo will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave., in Long Beach, California, September 17 – 19, 2015.  Additional information about the show is available at www.LongBeachExpo.com.

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The Gold and Silver Mine, June 13

June 14, 2014 in Coins, Currency, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins

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

By: Douglas Keefe. June 13, 2014 (http://www.shorenewstoday.com/)

Last weeks’ article was about gold and silver as investments and if there is any potential for the prices to rise in the future. This week I will give some insight relative to investing in rare coins and currency. That differs from buying just bullion items as the value of an investment in gold and silver bullion items rises and falls with the metals market, whereas the value of rare coins will change based on demand and supply, independent of the price of the metals. Although the track record of rare coin investments is very good, there are never any guarantees and not every rare coin investment increases in value. Careful selection is important.

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“Pawn Stars” Casting Team, United States Mint And Chinese Dealers At June 2014 Long Beach Expo

May 7, 2014 in Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Grading, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, USA Coins

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“Pawn Stars” Casting Team, United States Mint And Chinese Dealers At June 2014 Long Beach Expo

(Long Beach, California) — In addition to the usual “Meet the Expert” opportunities for the public to have their coins personally examined by PCGS Co-Founder David Hall, visitors to the June 2014 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo will have a chance to show their interesting collectibles and historic artifacts to representatives from Leftfield Pictures, the company that produces the History Channel program, “Pawn Stars.”

There also will be daily “Meet the Chinese Coin Expert” sessions with top dealers from mainland China and Hong Kong.

The three-day Long Beach Expo will be held in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave., Thursday, June 5, to Saturday, June 7.  Admission is free for visitors who register in advance online at www.LongBeachExpo.com and use the “Get Passes” Promo Code PAWNSTARS.

A “Pawn Stars” item information sheet also is online at www.LongBeachExpo.com and it should be filled out before bringing items to the casting event.

“Casting representatives from Leftfield Pictures, the company that produces the popular show about the colorful world of the pawn business, will be at the Long Beach Expo from 11 am to 2 pm on Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7, to talk with visitors about vintage items they might want to consign or sell at the famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas,” said Expo President Cassi East.

“Sellers of all types of historical items are encouraged to come meet the casting director and producer.  This will be an exciting opportunity for anyone to bring in items for evaluation and for a possible appearance on a future ‘Pawn Stars’ episode,” emphasized East.

Additional attractions at the upcoming June Long Beach Expo include the United States Mint displaying and selling its latest products, and 20 PCGS-Authorized Dealers from mainland China will be attending the show to buy and sell.

There also will be appearances each day by former United States Mint

Chief Engraver John Mercanti, Baseball Hall of Fame coin designer Cassie McFarland and engraver “Rocky” Zhao who has created designs for over 40 Chinese commemorative coins and medals including the 2014 gold Panda.

“The United States Mint will have a special display about the popular, new 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins.  McFarland won a nationwide competition with her baseball glove design for the common obverse of the gold, silver and clad Hall of Fame coins,” explained East.

Mercanti served as the Mint’s 12th Chief Engraver and created over 100 U.S. coin and medal designs, more than any employee in Mint history.  The designs include the 1984 Olympic $10 gold coin, the 1986 Statue of Liberty dollar and the reverse of the American Eagle silver bullion coins.  Mercanti also is co-author with PCGS Vice President Miles Standish of a new book, American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program.

Mercanti will conduct three public seminars, one each day at 1 pm in Room 102-B. The topics are: Thursday, “Development of the Ultra High Relief Gold Coin;” Friday, “Creation of the Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle Artwork;” and Saturday, “Audrey Munson the Queen of Manhattan.”

“We’re launching impressive new initiatives and working hard on must-see special attractions to make the Long Beach Expo a must-attend event for collectors, dealers and the general public,” emphasized East.

“With all of the excitement, tremendous activity, and soaring prices in the emerging Chinese coin market, as part of our celebration this year of the 50th anniversary of the Long Beach Expo, the upcoming show will feature a focus on the Chinese numismatic market.  Twenty dealers from China, including some of the most prominent in the Chinese rare coin market, will be at the show,” said East.

Visitors can have their Chinese coins appraised free at “Meet the Chinese Coin Expert” sessions (at booth #1249) on Thursday and Friday, June 5 and 6, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, and on Saturday, June 7, from noon to 2:00 pm.

To meet the increasing demand for certified coins in Asia, PCGS has opened coin submission centers (www.PCGSAsia.com) in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, and has a network of more than 90 PCGS Authorized Dealers in mainland China.

There will be two educational seminars at the upcoming Long Beach Expo to provide collectors, dealers and the general public an opportunity to learn about the growing numismatic marketplace in mainland China.  Both sessions will be in Room 102-A of the Long Beach Convention Center, and admission to the seminars is free.

PCGS Set Registry Manager BJ Searls will present “An Introduction to the PCGS Chinese Set Registry” on Friday, June 6, from 11 am to noon.

The second China-related numismatic seminar, “Introduction to Grading Chinese Coins,” will be presented by PCGS expert Mike Sherman on Saturday from 10:00 am to noon and it will be open to the public.

There will be additional educational seminars and club meetings, and special coin and stamp collecting activities for children on Saturday.  Information about the upcoming show’s special attractions is online at www.longbeachexpo.com/visitors/attractions.

Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com), the official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo, will conduct a U.S. Coins Signature® Auction in conjunction with the show.

Heritage also will feature (at booth #400) a multimillion dollar display of vintage Chinese coins and other Asian highlights from the upcoming Platinum Night Auction at the Chicago ANA World’s Fair of Money on August 9. Items will include over 20 Chinese vintage issues in gold, including a 1916 $1 Pattern by L Giorgi and many silver highlights, including an 1867 Shanghai Tael (Hong Kong).

Many of the more than 500 collectibles dealers attending the Long Beach Expo will offer free, informal appraisals for the public’s coins, bank notes, stamps, sports memorabilia, estate jewelry and other items.  However, the “Pawn Stars” casting team will not be doing appraisals, only evaluating items to see if they are appropriate to appear on the show.

“The Pawn Stars are always on the lookout for sellers of unique and interesting historical items.  If you have a rare item that you want to sell or pawn, this could be your chance to be part of the show and eventually have Rick, Corey or ‘The Old Man’ assess your valuable items and make you an offer you can’t refuse!,” said Martin Hardy, Casting Director of “Pawn Stars.”

“If you have sports memorabilia, coins, stamps, antiques, autographed documents or collectibles that you want to sell, then we want to meet you in Long Beach,” Hardy stated.

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

“Simply go to our website, www.LongBeachExpo.com, click ‘Get Passes,’ enter the special Promo Code, PAWNSTARS, and print out the coupon to present at the show’s registration desk,” said East.

For additional information about the June 5 – 7 show, visit online at www.LongBeachExpo.com, call the Long Beach Expo at (888) 743-9316 or email at LBExpo@collectors.com.

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1974-D Aluminum Lincoln Cent on Display at Long Beach Expo

January 29, 2014 in Cents, Coins, Collecting, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

January 28, 2014 By Coin Update (http://news.coinupdate.com/)

The first confirmed example of a 1974 Lincoln Cent struck in aluminum at the Denver Mint will be displayed by Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com) at the upcoming Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo, held January 30 – February 1, 2014.  The coin will then will be offered as one of the highlights of the Heritage Signature Auction during the Central States Numismatic Society convention near Chicago, April 23 – 27, 2014.

“There’s been speculation about the existence of 1974-D aluminum cents for decades.  Now, there’s a confirmed coin, and a portion of the proceeds from its sale will be used by the sellers to help the homeless,” explained Todd Imhof, Executive Vice President of Heritage Auctions.

“This coin was previously owned by Harry Edmond Lawrence who served as Deputy Superintendent of the Denver Mint at the time it was struck 40 years ago, but its existence only recently came to light when his son brought it to a coin shop in Southern California. This is an amazing discovery, and we estimate the 1974-D aluminum cent will bring a quarter-million dollars or more,” said Imhof.

The coin has been authenticated and certified by Professional Coin Grading Service as MS63.

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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: http://www.gazettes.com 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 www.longbeachexpo.com. 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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8 Things You May Not Know About Money

November 28, 2012 in Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Money, Paper Money, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

Excellent article about money from (http://www.history.com) By: Barbara Maranzani. November 27th, 2012.

They say “money makes the world go round,” and long before the invention of money as we know it, people were using goods such as salt, cattle and even weapons as forms of currency. From China’s “flying money” to Siberian “soft gold,” here are eight things you may not know about the history of money.

1. China created the world’s first paper money.
Nearly 700 years before Sweden issued the first European banknotes in 1661, China released the first generally circulating currency. In fact, usage of paper notes dates backs even earlier, to the 7th century Tang Dynasty. For centuries copper coins had been China’s primary currency. In order to carry large amounts of cash, people hefted around an ever-increasing number of these coins–not the easiest, or safest, thing to do over long distances. In an attempt to lighten their load, merchants began to deposit these coins with each other and were issued paper certificates for the coin’s value. The paper was certainly lighter. So light, in fact, that it is believed to have earned the nickname “flying money,” for its tendency to blow away in a stiff wind. The use of paper money remained limited for the next 200 years, until a copper shortage forced merchants and Song Dynasty government officials alike to issue and accept paper notes backed by gold reserves—the first legal tender in the world.

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