Expos Unlimited Santa Clara Show Big Success

(Santa Clara, California) – The first San Francisco area exhibit of the finest known 1894-S dime – the James A. Stack/Richmond Collection specimen graded NGC Proof-66 and valued at $1.5 million – helped attract a total of 5,281 dealers and collectors to the recent Santa Clara, California Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, November 18 - 21, 2004.  Organizers also announced expanded participation by eBay and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) at future shows.

"We had three television stations covering the exhibit, and there was even some videotape of the display on ABC-TV's 'Good Morning America' program.  The Associated Press distributed two photos of the exhibit to newspapers throughout California," said Ronald J. Gillio, Santa Clara Expo General Chairman.

The coin was displayed courtesy of John Feigenbaum of David Lawrence Rare Coins of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Mark Salzberg of NGC of Sarasota, Florida.

"NGC conducted on-site grading, and there was overwhelmingly positive response.  The major grading services will be represented at Santa Clara shows, but NGC will have the exclusive on-site grading operations," said Gillio.

eBay, a sponsor of the Santa Clara Expo, presented two well-attended educational seminars for collectors and dealers, "Buying & Selling on eBay," conducted by Troy Thoreson.

Gillio said: "eBay's important presence continues to expand at both the Santa Clara and Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expos, and announcements will be made in the near future about additional eBay participation at these shows."

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Mint's San Francisco Branch, Mint representatives met with collectors and sold recent proof sets and other Mint products.  J.D. Harrington from Washington, DC and Craig Zipp of the San Francisco branch were among the Mint representatives attending the Santa Clara show.

Superior Galleries of Beverly Hills, California conducted a multi-million dollar public sale as the official auctioneer.

"Based on results of the auction and comments I heard from many dealers, the coin market remains vibrant," said Gillio.  "There are so many auctions and coin shows now around the country, but the long-established venues, such as our Santa Clara and Long Beach shows, have built a strong base of collectors and dealers."

An estimated 200 youngsters participated in a children's treasure hunt on Saturday, November 20, and a gold coin door prize was awarded each day of the four-day show.

The Expo is co-sponsored by the Cupertino and San Jose Coin Clubs which hosted a dozen competitive exhibits.