Shireman Collection of Barber Halves, URC at Sept. 2011 Long Beach Coin Expo

PCGS Secure Plus MS66+ 1894-O Barber half dollar
This 1894-O Barber half dollar, graded PCGS Secure Plus MS66+, is one of the spectacular coins in the Shireman Collection that will be displayed by PCGS at the September 8 - 10, Long Beach Expo. (Photo credit: PCGS TrueView image.)

The number one collection in the PCGS Set Registry(SM) of Barber half dollars with major varieties (circulation strikes, 1892 – 1915) will be displayed by Professional Coin Grading Service at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, Thursday to Saturday, September 8 – 10, 2011.

"This will be only the second time the collection has ever been publicly exhibited," said Ronald J. Gillio, Expo General Chairman.

Another featured attraction, the "University of Rare Coins" (URC), the first interactive online learning center on numismatics, created and presented by Century Tangibles Group ( of Irvine, California, will make its premier West Coast public debut at the show.

The 30-foot long URC exhibit, resembling a combination of an extensive library and ivy-covered university building, allows visitors to experience the stellar educational videos, the multimedia content and the extensive free online curriculum that exists on the University website.

"URC is a self-paced, e-learning center offering over 60 hours of lectures and robust multimedia material that allows investors and collectors to explore specific topics related to the history of rare coins and bullion," explained Todd Griffiths, CTGroup Chief Executive Officer.

The University of Rare Coins
The University of Rare Coins, the first interactive online learning center on numismatics, will make its premier West Coast public debut at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, September 8 - 10, 2011. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

The Long Beach Expo is open to the public for buying and selling gold and silver, rare coins, vintage paper money, rare stamps and other collectibles and estate jewelry.

Many of the 1,000 dealers attending the show will offer free, informal appraisals for the public. Educational seminars and collector’s club meetings will be held, and Heritage Auctions will conduct a public auction of rare coins during the show.

The award-winning Shireman Collection of Barber half dollars will be displayed at the PCGS booth, #807.

"This stunning set of Barber halves was assembled over decades by Dr. and Mrs. Peter K. Shireman. It has a weighted grade point average of 66.085," said BJ Searls, Set Registry Manager.

Highlights of the Shireman Collection of Barber half dollars include:

  • 1892-O Micro O rare variety, graded PCGS Secure Plus™ MS65
  • 1894-O, PCGS Secure Plus MS66+, and formerly in the Hugon Collection
  • 1904-O, PCGS Secure Plus MS66+, formerly in the Eliasberg Collection
  • 1904-S, PCGS Secure Plus MS67, formerly in the Norweb Collection
  • 1906-S, PCGS Secure Plus MS68, the finest known and also with a Hugon pedigree.

Dr. Shireman began collecting coins at the age of 10 in Kansas City, Missouri in 1968.

"One event that stands out is seeing a friend of one of my older brothers checking his pocket change and knowing that a 1964-D nickel was a common date. That seemingly trivial event piqued my interest, and I started collecting coins from circulation," he recalled.

Dr. Shireman resumed collecting in 1987 after attending college and receiving his medical degree from the University of Michigan. The circulation strikes Barber half dollar collection assembled by him and his wife, Janice, was submitted earlier this year for PCGS Secure Plus service.

What does it take to assemble a top-ranked collection?

"Passion. Patience. Persistence. Focus. Luck. Decades of searching, hunting and holding, and a great dealer are all needed. Our set would not be the high-end premium quality set it is today without (dealer) Harry Laibstain who has helped us considerably along the way," said Dr. Shireman.

"Meeting fellow mint state Barber half dollar Registry set builders, such as Dr. Steve Duckor and Dale Friend, has been a real highlight of our collecting experience."

The Long Beach Expo will be held in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave. Public hours are Thursday and Friday, September 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $8 (good for all three days); $4 for seniors 65 and older and children ages 8 to 16. Free admission for children ages 7 and younger. Additional information about the show and discount coupons are available online at, or call (805) 962-9939.

Professional Coin Grading Service and Expos Unlimited, organizer of the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, are divisions of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

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