Double Eagles Take Flight At September Long Beach Expo

(Long Beach, California) – A $1 million display of Saint Gaudens Double Eagles and a special appearance by author and researcher, David Tripp, will highlight the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, Thursday – Saturday, September 9 – 11, 2004, in the Long Beach, California Convention Center.  Another major attraction will be two public seminars conducted by eBay about buying and selling collectibles online.

"Tripp cataloged the historic July 2002 Sotheby’s/Stack’s $7,590,020 auction of the only 1933 Double Eagle the federal government will allow to be privately owned and was at the coin’s exhibition at the June 2002 Long Beach Expo.  He will meet with collectors at the upcoming September show and autograph copies of his new book, ‘ILLEGAL TENDER: Gold, Greed and the Mystery of the Lost 1933 Double Eagle,’ published by Simon & Schuster,” said Ronald J. Gillio, Expo General Chairman.

In conjunction with the first West Coast appearance of Tripp’s new book, Gillio is assembling a $1 million exhibit of selected examples of Saint Gaudens Double Eagles that were minted from 1907 to 1933.  The display will feature a 1907 High-Relief variety and a 1908 No Motto $20 gold piece from the Wells Fargo/Nevada Gold hoard graded PCGS MS69.  It is one of only ten Saint Gaudens coins of any year to be certified MS69 by either PCGS or NGC.

"Almost a half million Double Eagles were minted in 1933 at the time President Franklin D. Roosevelt took America off the gold standard," explained Tripp.  "Never issued as legal tender, all the 1933 Double Eagles were supposed to be melted except for two sent to The Smithsonian Institution.  But through deceit, corruption, intrigue and human error, some coins slipped out of the Mint and into private hands."

eBay, a sponsor of the Long Beach Expo, will present two free educational seminars for collectors and dealers, "Buying & Selling on eBay," conducted by Troy Thoreson, eBay Seller's Consultant, at Noon on both Friday, September 10, and Saturday, September 11.

Additional educational seminars and exhibits will be presented by the Long Beach Coin Club and Long Beach Stamp Club, and a half dozen specialty organizations.  A complete schedule of events can be found online at

Heritage Numismatic Auctions of Dallas, Texas will conduct a multi-million dollar public auction of historic rare coins and paper money during the show.  There will be a children's treasure hunt on Saturday, September 11, and a gold coin door prize will be awarded each day of the three-day show.

In addition to eBay and Heritage, other Expo sponsors include Professional Coin Grading Service, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, British Royal Mint, Spanish Royal Mint, UBS Numismatics/Art Banking, World Money Fair of Basel, Switzerland and

Show hours are Thursday - Saturday, September 9 - 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Admission is $6 (good for all three days); $3 for seniors 65 and older and children, ages 8 to 16. (Free admission for children aged seven and younger.)

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