This year’s January 2015 Long Beach Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com) offers unique opportunities to buy first-day issue coins and see exceptional rarities.
The show’s start date, the 29th, is also the day the United States Mint kicks off sales of the U.S. Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coins. Most people will order the half-dollar, silver dollar and gold $5 commemoratives online or by phone and then have to wait several days or possible weeks to get them. Visitors at the show can have them in hand on the first day of issue.
"Representatives of the United States Mint will be at the show all three days selling the new U.S. Marshals Service 225th Anniversary commemorative coins," said Cassi East, Long Beach Expo President.
These new coins will be available at the United States Mint booth, #1126. Also, the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) will be at the three-day show and offer First Strike® insert labels for the commemoratives.
In rarities, it doesn’t get better than the D. Brent Pogue Collection. One hundred seventy-five coins from the collection, including one of only three known 1822 Capped Bust Half Eagle gold coins and the Dexter 1804 Class I Draped Bust silver dollar, will be displayed at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries booth, #502.
A few of the other rarities include:
- 1794 Flowing Hair Half dime (LM-3) graded PCGS Specimen-67;
- 1827/3 Capped Bust quarter dollar (B-1), PCGS Proof 66+ Cameo;
- 1797 Draped Bust half dollar, Small Eagle (O-101a) PCGS MS-66;
- 1807 Draped Bust half dollar (O-105), PCGS MS-66;
- 1808 Capped Bust Left Quarter Eagle (BD-1), PCGS MS-65.
Then there’s the famed Simpson Collection of Gobrecht Pattern Dollars. The PCGS Set Registry® all-time finest 1836-1839 Gobrecht Dollar patterns will be on public display for the first time on the West Coast. The exhibit, at the PCGS booth (#807), will be courtesy of the set’s owner, collector Bob R. Simpson of Texas, and Legend Numismatics of New Jersey.
The Long Beach Expo offers more than new U.S. Mint coins and exhibits. Over 500 dealers will be in attendance to buy and sell coins, gold, silver, paper money, stamps, sports memorabilia, estate jewelry and other collectibles.
Plus, "Heritage Auctions, www.ha.com, the official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo, will conduct a major auction of United States rare coins," East added.
Show admission is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and children aged 8 to 16. However, free admission coupons are available in advance.
"Simply go to our website, www.LongBeachExpo.com, click ‘Get Passes,’ and enter the special Promo Code, PRJAN15. Then print out the free admission coupon and present it at the show’s registration desk," said East.
The Long Beach Expo will be held in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave. Show hours are Thursday and Friday, January 29 and 30, from 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, January 31, from 10 am to 5 pm.