Large Cents Exhibit Highlights June 2010 Long Beach Coin Expo

by Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo on May 18, 2010 · 1 comment

(Long Beach, CA) — The Cardinal Type Collection of Early Copper, a multi-million dollar display of over two dozen high-grade early American copper pieces including items from an all-time finest PCGS Set Registry collection, will be exhibited at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, June 3 – 5, 2010.

1793 S-2 cent, PCGS MS65BN
This 1793 Chain “AMERICA” (Sheldon-2 variety) large cent, graded PCGS MS65BN, is one of the highlights of the Cardinal Collection of Early Copper that will be displayed at the Long Beach Expo, June 3 – 5, 2010. Photo credit: Bowers and Merena Auctions
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The show will be held in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.


“This special exhibit is a superb collection of historic and rare private coinage from 1787 to 1792 and early items from the Philadelphia Mint from 1793 up to 1852. The collection was assembled by Martin Logies and will be exhibited courtesy of Bowers & Merena Auctions,” said Ronald J. Gillio, Expo General Chairman.


Highlights of the exhibit include the following coins that were part of the 2009 PCGS Best of Registry winner for Large Cents Basic Set:

  • 1793 Chain AMERICA S-2 variety formerly in the Beckwith, Collins and Naftzger Collections and graded PCGS MS65BN;
  • 1793 Wreath, Vine and Bars Edge formerly in the Naftzger Collection, PCGS MS69BN;
  • 1794 Head of 1793 formerly in the Garrett Collection, PCGS MS64 BN;
  • and 1803 No Stems S-243, PCGS MS66RB, formerly in the Helfenstein and Naftzger Collections.

During the three-day Long Beach Expo more than 1,000 dealers will be buying and selling rare coins, paper money, stamps, postcards, historic documents, antiques, estate jewelry and other collectibles. Some dealers will provide free, informal appraisals for visitors.

1794 Head of 1793 cent
Formerly in the famous Garrett Collection, this 1794 “Head of 1793” variety large cent graded PCGS MS64BN is one of the highlights of the Cardinal Collection of Early Copper that will be displayed at the Long Beach Expo, June 3 – 5, 2010. Photo credit: Bowers and Merena Auctions (Click Image to Enlarge)

A free gold coin door prize will be awarded each day to a lucky, registered visitor, and a children’s treasure hunt will be held on Saturday, June 5. A half dozen educational programs and collectors’ clubs meetings will be conducted during the show and will be open to the public.

Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas, Texas (, the world’s largest collectibles auction house and the official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo, will hold a public auction of U.S. coins in conjunction with the show.

The public hours are Thursday and Friday, June 3 and 4, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

General admission is $6 (good for all three days); $4 for members of any coin or stamp club who display a valid membership card; and $3 for seniors 65 and older. Free admission for children ages seven and younger. Discount coupons are available online at

For additional information, call Expos Unlimited at (805) 962-9939 or the Long Beach Convention Center during the show dates at (562) 436-3636.

The Long Beach Expo is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDA: CLCT).


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How is it that that 1793 chain cent is graded MS-65 by PCGS when it has very visible gouge marks on it. It puts PCGS’s grading abilities in doubt. I don’t think anyone honestly expects a perfect coin from that era. It’s clearly well-preserved, but it is not an MS-65.