Exhibits, Book Debut Highlight September 2005 Long Beach Expo

(Long Beach, California) - The debut of a new coin grading book, previously planned $10 million exhibit of Type I Double Eagles and S.S. Republic recovered treasure and the unexpected display of the recently discovered 1854-S Quarter Eagle, were among the highlights of the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, September 22 - 24, 2005.  The attendance at the three-day show was 7,188 dealers, collectors and members of the general public.

Monaco Financial of Newport Beach, California and Odyssey Marine Exploration of Tampa, Florida presented an outstanding exhibit of high-quality early United States $20 denomination gold pieces and coins recently recovered from the 1865 shipwreck of the S.S. Republic.  One of the treasure ship Double Eagles on display was the finest known 1854 New Orleans Mint specimen.

Several Los Angeles area news organizations did stories about the treasure exhibit and the previously unannounced display of the 1854 San Francisco Mint Quarter Eagle that was passed down through four generations of a California Gold Rush era family.  It was displayed in Long Beach by Doug Winter of Pinnacle Rarities of Lakewood, Washington just days after he purchased it at an auction for $253,000 on behalf of an anonymous collector.

"We also are grateful for the two educational seminars presented by Coin World Editor, Beth Deisher, about her new book, MAKING THE GRADE: A Grading Guide to the Top 25 Most Widely Collected U.S. Coins.  The book, published by Amos Hobby Publishing, made its public debut at the September Long Beach Expo," said Ronald J. Gillio, Expo General Chairman.

"The eBay seminars continue to be popular with collectors and dealers, and the Industry Council for Tangible Assets conducted a special seminar for dealers about compliance with the U.S. Patriot Act."

Public auctions conducted by Heritage Galleries & Auctioneers of Dallas, Texas, the show's official auctioneer, established a new Long Beach Expo record.  The combined total of prices realized for the sessions of U.S. coins, world coins, and bank notes was $22.3 million, surpassing by about $4 million Heritage's previous Long Beach record set this past February.

The next Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo will be held in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, Thursday through Saturday, February 9 - 11, 2006.  For additional information, contact Expos Unlimited, 1103 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.  Web: www.LongBeachShow.com. Phone: (805) 962-9939.