ANA Road Show to be part of Long Beach Expo in September
Museum Showcase will feature two examples of famed 1804 Dollar
The American Numismatic Association Road Show will make its California debut at the Long Beach Expo Coin, Stamp and Sports Collectible Expo, to be held September 26-28, 2013, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.
The ANA Road Show gives members and collectors around the country an opportunity to see some of the most impressive items from the ANA's Edward C. Rochette Money Museum and the Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library's Mobile Archives.
"The Long Beach Expo is always a great show, and we're excited to bring the ANA Road Show to the Expo for the first time," ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick said. "The Museum Showcase will give collectors a chance to see some of the most rare coins and paper money in the history of the nation, as well as in the history of California."
Items to be displayed at the Long Beach Expo include:
Two 1804 Dollars: Known as "The King of U.S. Coins," the 1804 dollar is extremely rare, with only 15 known examples. In a rare double display, the ANA will present both the Type I 1804 dollar (the Cohen specimen) and the Type III 1804 Dollar, which was donated to the ANA by Aubrey and Adeline Bebee in 1991.
"It's extremely unusual to see two different 1804 Dollars together, much less see two different types of 1804 Dollars together," said Money Museum Curator Douglas Mudd. "Attendees will have a unique opportunity to see these two extremely rare coins side by side."
Famous Errors: This exhibit acts as a highlight reel of some of the most notable numismatic bloopers, including the 1955 doubled-die Lincoln cent, the classic 1937 D "three legged" buffalo nickel, the 2004 Wisconsin "extra leaf" quarter and the 2007-2009 "godless" dollars. All of these coins feature errors that are easily visible to the naked eye - no need for magnification to see these mistakes - making them popular collector items and curiosity pieces.
California bank notes: A selection of California National Bank notes will be on display, many from the famous Bebee collection, including rare California Gold Bank notes.
ANA Mobile Archives: The public can see and hold pieces of numismatic history. Featured in this exhibit: the archives and papers of Frank Gasparro, former chief engraver of the United States Mint. Sitting down with an ANA staff member, visitors will be able to view historic artifacts and papers stored in protective cases and covers.
"Long Beach Expo is excited to have the opportunity to host the ANA Road Show at the September 26-28, 2013 Long Beach Expo," said Cassi East, president of Expos Unlimited. "This will give our attendees a wonderful opportunity to view some very impressive rarities that they may never otherwise have a chance to see."
The Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo is open to the public for buying and selling sports memorabilia, gold and silver, rare coins, vintage paper money, rare stamps and other collectibles and estate jewelry. Public hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 26-27, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.
Public admission is $8 (good for all three days); $6 for members of any coin or stamp club; $4 for seniors 65 and older and for children ages 8 to 16. Free admission for children ages 7 and younger. Discount coupons and a Schedule of Events are available online at www.LongBeachExpo.com .
The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 28,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or go towww.money.org.