Superb Proof Copper Coins At September 2010 Long Beach Expo
August 23, 2010

(Long Beach, California) -- The first West Coast exhibit of superb-quality proof Half Cents, Large Cents, Indian Head and matte proof Lincoln Cents from the award-winning ESM Collection will highlight the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com), September 23 - 25, 2010.  The show will be held in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.

This 1843 Half Cent, graded PCGS PR64 Cameo, is one of the highlights of the award-winning ESM Collection of proof copper coins that will be exhibited by PCGS for the first time on the West Coast during the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, September 23 - 25, 2010.


"The ESM Collection ranks among the all-time finest of its kind in several PCGS Set RegistrySM categories.  The weighted grade point average for the collection is nearly 66, and that is unquestionably extraordinary," said Ronald J. Gillio, Expo General Chairman.

"Many of these early copper coins are still brilliant red in color, and some of them even have cameo proof surfaces.  This will be the first time that highlights from these sets assembled by Illinois collector Pete Miller will be displayed on the West Coast, and I expect they'll attract a lot of attention among collectors and dealers."

The exhibit will be at the Professional Coin Grading Service booth (#807).

Highlights of the award-winning ESM Collection of proof copper coins include this 1848 Large Cent graded PCGS PR65 Cameo.


During the three-day Long Beach Expo more than 1,000 dealers will be buying and selling rare coins, paper money, stamps, postcards, historic documents, antiques, estate jewelry and other collectibles.  Some dealers will provide free, informal appraisals for visitors.

Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas (www.HA.com), the official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo, will hold a public auction of U.S. coins in conjunction with the show.

A free gold coin door prize will be awarded each day to a lucky visitor, and a children's treasure hunt will be held by the Full Step Nickel Club (table #1240) on Saturday, September 25, and young numismatists will also have the free opportunity that day to "mint" their own elongated souvenir coin at the Numismatic Association of Southern California youth activities table (#759).

Highlights of the award-winning ESM Collection of proof copper coins include this 1848 Large Cent graded PCGS PR65 Cameo.


A free gold coin door prize will be awarded each day to a lucky visitor, and a children's treasure hunt will be held by the Full Step Nickel Club (table #1240) on Saturday, September 25, and young numismatists will also have the free opportunity that day to “mint” their own elongated souvenir coin at the Numismatic Association of Southern California youth activities table (#759).

The public hours are Thursday and Friday, September 23 and 24, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

General admission is $6 (good for all three days); $4 for members of any coin or stamp club who display a valid membership card; and $3 for seniors 65 and older.  Free admission for children ages seven and younger.  Discount coupons are available online at www.LongBeachExpo.com.

For additional information, call Expos Unlimited at (805) 962-9939 or during the show dates call the Long Beach Convention Center at (562) 436-3636.

The Long Beach Expo is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).