Strong Attendance, Major Exhibits At February 2006 Long Beach Expo

(Long Beach, California) – Strong attendance by dealers and the public totaled 6,376 at the February 9 – 11, 2006 Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo.

"We came close to running out of visitor badges on the last day," said Ronald J. Gillio, Expo General Chairman.  "The coin market is booming and there obviously are a lot of new collectors as well as 'former collectors' who are returning to the hobby."

Three numismatic exhibits with a combined value of more than $17 million highlighted the show conducted in the Long Beach, California Convention Center.  Monaco Financial of Newport Beach, California had an "Early Americana Rarities" exhibit of gold and silver coins and historical documents; Rare Coin Wholesalers displayed the legendary King of Siam proof set; and Professional Coin Grading Service exhibited the finest collection of $10 Indian Head gold coins in the PCGS Set RegistrySM assembled by Los Angeles collector, John Kutasi.

A half dozen educational seminars were presented including an updated version of the popular "Buying and Selling on eBay" lecture by Troy Thoreson, a representative of eBay.

An estimated 200 children participated in the Kid's Treasure Hunt.

Winners of the competitive exhibits hosted by the Long Beach Coin Club were: Andrew Woodruff who took first in the U.S. category for "The 1923 Silver Certificates" and second place for "Casino De Isthmus City – Gaming Tokens."  First place in the world exhibit category went to Mike Ontko for "A Sampler of Mints of Spanish Colonial America."

The next Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo will be conducted June 1 – 3, 2006.