Another Record at June 2006 Long Beach Expo

(Long Beach, California) – Opening day of the June 1 – 3, 2006 Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo set a record for first-day attendance at the three-times-a-year California show.

Opening day attracted 2,883 members of the public.  A total of 5,743 dealers and collectors attended the three-day show.

"One of the dealers, Jim Foster of Liberty Coin Galleries, told me that prior to the show he anticipated that the slump in gold bullion prices might affect business, but then he had the busiest opening day he's ever experienced at a Long Beach Expo.  His comment was typical of the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the attendance and the continuing, strong coin market," said Ronald J. Gillio, Expo General Chairman.

"This is the second time in a year we've set an attendance record on opening day.  It appears that collectors are deliberately attending on the first day to seek out the best available material or to sell items from their collections."

Three featured exhibits highlighted the June Lone Beach Expo.

Monaco Financial of Newport Beach, California displayed a multi-million exhibit of California Gold Rush era treasures including the finest known 1850 Baldwin & Co. "Horseman" $10 gold coin, graded NGC MS-65.  Rare Coin Wholesalers of Dana Point, California displayed the finest known set of 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition ("Pan-Pac") commemorative silver and gold coins as well as historic Pan-Pac documents.  And the two finest known sets of mint state Eisenhower dollars listed in the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Set Registry™, including spectacularly toned specimens from the so-called "Peacock Hoard," were exhibited by PCGS.

Approximately 90 people attended a public seminar by eBay representative, Troy Thoreson, about scanning images of coins for posting on the Internet, and nearly a dozen other educational programs and meetings were conducted during the show.  A children's treasure hunt was held on Saturday, and a gold coin door prize was given away each day.

Heritage Auction Galleries (www.HeritageGalleries.com) of Dallas, Texas conducted a $17.8 million sale of coins and bank notes, and George F. Kolbe Fine Numismatic Books of Crestline, California conducted auctions of books and manuscripts in conjunction with the show.

The Long Beach Expo features rare coins, paper money, postage stamps, postcards, autographs, historical documents, antiques and estate jewelry.

The next show will be held Thursday through Saturday, September 14 – 16, 2006, in the Long Beach, California Convention Center.

For additional information about the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, contact Expos Unlimited, 1103 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.  Web: www.LongBeachShow.com. Phone: (805) 962-9939.