Former Governor, eBay Manager Among Long Beach Expo Visitors

(Long Beach, California) – A coin-collecting former California Governor and eBay's newly-appointed coin manager were among the 4,834 visitors and dealers who attended the Long Beach, California Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, September 14 – 16, 2006.

Oakland, California Mayor and former Governor, Jerry Brown, toured the bourse floor and attended a reception in his honor as part of his campaign for California Attorney General.  A "thank you" reception sponsored by eBay was held for dealers to meet Helen Chang of eBay's Coin & Stamp Category Management Team.

"eBay is an important part of collecting and an important participant at each Long Beach Expo, presenting an educational seminar about buying and selling collectibles online.  It also was an honor for Gov. Brown to visit the show.  He said he's collected Indian Head and Lincoln cents and Mercury (Winged Liberty) dimes," said Ronald J. Gillio, Expo General Chairman.

The Long Beach Expo was selected as the site for shooting pictures that will appear in the next edition of the Boy Scouts of America coin collecting merit badge book.  Three Scouts from Long Beach Troop 21 were photographed at the show while looking at coins and talking to dealers.

"The U.S. Treasury Department's poplar 'Billion Dollar Display' attracted many visitors, and the BEP reported it sold out of some merchandise within the first few hours of the show’s opening on Thursday morning.  This reflected the popularity of so-called 'collector' coins and currency at the show."

Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas, Texas conducted a $30.4 million auction of coins and paper, and George Frederick Kolbe of Crestline, California conducted a public auction of rare numismatic books.

The Long Beach Coin Club again hosted educational exhibits.  The winning entries were:

United States: First place $100 award to Andrew Woodruff for "Making The Grade" (a paper money display); and second place $75 award to Gary Beedon for an exhibit of photos and numismatic souvenirs from the recent "American Numismatic Association Member Appreciation Day."

Foreign: First place $100 award to Mike Ontoko for "Holy Cow! The Story of an Odd Mintmark," and the second place $75 award was given to Roy Iwata for "The Phrygian Cap – Liberty Cap."

The next Long Beach Expo will be held February 15 – 17, 2007.  The show is managed by Expos Unlimited, a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

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