California National Bank notes exhibit coming to Long Beach Expo
The American Numismatic Association will present an educational display of California National Bank notes during an ANA Road Show stop at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo, to be held September 26-28, 2013, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.
The exhibit will include National Gold Bank notes, which came about after Congress amended the Currency Act to allow California to issue National Bank Notes that were backed 100 percent by gold rather than bonds. The first such notes were issued by the First National Bank of San Francisco in 1870.
"This exhibit of California National Bank notes includes great rarities from across California," explained Douglas Mudd, the curator for the ANA's Edward C. Rochette Money Museum. "Included are rare and always popular National Gold Bank notes, which illustrate Californian's historical preference for paper money backed by gold - after all, California is the birthplace of the 49ers."
The ANA Road Show gives collectors around the country an opportunity to see some of the most impressive items from the Money Museum and the Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library's Mobile Archives. Other items to be exhibited 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.
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, making them popular collector items and curiosity pieces.
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.
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 26,000 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 to www.money.org.