March 2021 Baltimore Expo Prohibited Due to Mandated COVID-19 Restrictions

Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo Expands
June 3–5, 2021, Bourse and Events

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Auction Will Still Be Held in March 2021

(Baltimore, Maryland)—The March 25–27, 2021, Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo will not be held as Maryland continues to mitigate the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The Baltimore Convention Center notified Whitman Coin & Collectibles that the event was canceled for March 2021.

The show’s manager plans an expanded “MEGA Bourse” for the June 3–5 Expo, one of the largest numismatic events of the year. It will be held at its regular venue, the Baltimore Convention Center.

Whitman Expo manager Lori Kraft said, “After a long winter, we know that collectors and dealers are eager to get back to business as usual. Nothing beats the excitement of attending a major show in person—and our summer Baltimore Expo will be MEGA.”

Kraft and her Expo team are working to make the June 2021 Baltimore Expo the largest ever. “We will be expanding the bourse to accommodate all dealers that annually attend our March and June events. We encourage first-time dealers to sign up for the June Mega bourse. We anticipate that hobbyists and the public will be out in full force. We want to welcome people to the Convention Center for a fun, energetic show, while keeping everyone comfortable and safe.”

A lineup of new Whitman Publishing books, and educational events and exhibits, is planned for the show.

Whitman’s Guide Book of United States Coins, known hobby-wide as the “Red Book,” celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2021. The June Baltimore Expo will be the scene of giveaways and events in recognition of this numismatic milestone. In addition, the seventh edition of MEGA RED, the expanded 1,504-page version of the Red Book, will be available at the show. Its expanded feature section focuses on silver and modern dollars.

Other special Expo promotions will center around the ever-popular Morgan and Peace silver dollars. This year marks the centennial of the last Morgans and the first Peace dollars, all struck in 1921. The U.S. Mint will issue special tribute coins later in the year. Collector excitement will also rally around the new American Silver Eagle “Flying Eagle” design, also set to debut this year.

Updates and news about the Baltimore Expo will be posted at expo.whitman.com.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries will provide details of its still-scheduled March 2021 auction on their web site, www.stacksbowers.com.

For updates on COVID-19 in Maryland and elsewhere, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

PCGS-Graded Rare Coins Realize Monster Bids at Heritage Auction Event

1804 Draped Bust Eagle Takes $5.28 Million, Other Rarities Score Strong Prices

PCGS(Santa Ana, California) – January 23, 2021 – Many important rare coins graded by Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) fetched record-breaking prices and hammered other notable bids at the landmark Bob R. Simpson Collection Part III sale offered by Heritage Auctions on January 20, 2021. Leading the way is an ultra-rare 1804 Plain 4 Draped Bust Eagle graded PCGS PR65+DCAM, which sold for $5,280,000 at the event. It is the finest specimen of its kind and is one of only four struck.

“The 1804 $10 is personally my favorite coin,” says PCGS President Brett Charville. “It’s basically a rarer version of an 1804 Draped Bust Dollar and has the added panache of being an early Federal proof gold piece that was then the largest-denomination coin minted in the United States,” Charville says, comparing the 1804 Draped Bust Eagle to the iconic 1804 Draped Bust Dollar, of which 15 specimens are known. Incidentally, the 1804 $10 that just sold for $5.28 million commanded some $1.1 million more than the most expensive 1804 Dollar, which has a record price of $4.14 million.

Other significant PCGS-graded rarities also took headlining figures, including:

  • 1792 Silver Center Pattern Cent, Judd-1 Pollock-1 PCGS SP67BN – $2,520,000
  • 1885 Trade Dollar, PCGS PR63+CAM – $2,100,000
  • 1796 Draped Bust Quarter Eagle, Stars on Obverse PCGS MS65 – $1,380,000
  • 1794 Flowing Hair Half Dollar PCGS MS64+ – $870,000
  • 1943-D Lincoln Cent Struck on Bronze Planchet PCGS MS64BN – $840,000

“While the strong prices these rarities fetched are well-deserved nods to their overall desirability, it also speaks to the trust that collectors place in rare coins graded by PCGS,” says Charville. “Ultimately, the best coins always end up in PCGS holders because PCGS encapsulation maximizes the value, security, and liquidity of their coins.”

About Professional Coin Grading Service

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is a third-party coin and banknote grading company that was launched in 1986. Over 35 years, PCGS has examined and certified more than 45 million U.S. and world coins, medals, and tokens with a combined value of over $41.7 billion. For more information about PCGS products and services, including how to submit your coins for authentication and grading, please visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

PCGS Announces Long Beach Expo Replacement Crossover Special

Professional Coin Grading Service Offers Special Discounts on Crossover Grading in Honor of Canceled Long Beach Expo Coin & Banknote Show

PCGS(Santa Ana, California) – January 22, 2021 – Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) is offering a special discount on crossover grading to honor the Long Beach Coin Expo, which was canceled over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the anticipated high demand, PCGS is offering a discounted Crossover service fee of just $10 for submissions postmarked now until February 3, 2021.

This limited-time discount is valid for an unlimited number of submissions and applies to “Show Rarity,” “Show,” “Show Economy,” and “Show Gold” service levels for coins that do not cross. To qualify for the $10 Crossover grading fee, coins must be submitted using a PCGS Show submission form, and standard grading and Guaranteed Premium fees apply.

“As the pandemic continues canceling coin major shows like the Long Beach Expo, PCGS is extending various special offers to coin collectors and coin dealers to show its continued support of the collectible coin hobby,” says PCGS President Brett Charville.

“Additionally, we are offering substitute PCGS Members Only Shows that provide collectors and dealers convention-like settings that comply with all local, state, and federal CDC safety protocols.”

PCGS had planned to attend the popular coin, banknote, sports cards, and collectibles show in Long Beach, California, originally slated to be held at the Long Beach Convention Center February 4-6, 2021. The opportunity for collectors and dealers to directly submit their coins to PCGS at the show is one of the many highlights of the Long Beach Expo.

Those who wish to submit their coins directly to PCGS must be a PCGS Authorized Dealer or PCGS Collectors Club member; to join, please visit http://www.PCGS.com/join. For more information about the discounted $10 Crossover special, check out http://www.PCGS.com/ccspecial. The PCGS Show submission form can be downloaded at http://www.PCGS.com/forms.

About Professional Coin Grading Service

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is a third-party coin and banknote grading company that was launched in 1986. Over 35 years, PCGS has examined and certified more than 45 million U.S. and world coins, medals, and tokens with a combined value of over $41.7 billion. For more information about PCGS products and services, including how to submit your coins for authentication and grading, please visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

ANA 2021 Summer Seminar Cancelled

ANA to offer eLearning Academy programs free of charge

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) announced that the 2021 Summer Seminar, scheduled for June 19-24 (Session 1) and June 26-July 1 (Session 2), has been officially cancelled.

Traditionally held on the Colorado College campus adjacent to ANA headquarters, Summer Seminar is a once-a-year opportunity for numismatic learning and camaraderie that offers hundreds of collectors from around the world a varied selection of week-long courses designed for discovery and continued study.

Colorado College notified the ANA in late 2020 that it would not be hosting events on its campus in 2021 because of COVID-19. The Association looked at an alternative location in Colorado Springs, but the $128,000 deficit that would be incurred to host the event there was rejected by the ANA Board of Governors. The University of Denver (DU) campus also was considered, but previous Summer Seminar students and instructors indicated that without access to the Association’s museum and library, Summer Seminar would not be as engaging. Additionally, many previous participants noted they were uncomfortable traveling during the pandemic.

ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick indicated that the Association will offer free virtual courses through its eLearning Academy during the 2021 Summer Seminar dates of June 19-July 1. Although the online classes will not replicate the Summer Seminar event, it will give participants a taste of the popular program. Topics will appeal to a broad range of collectors – from beginners to advanced numismatists. Details will be available in the weeks ahead.

COVID-19 also caused the cancellation of the 2020 Summer Seminar, the event’s first cancellation in its 50-plus-year history.

Scholarships that were awarded for the 2020 Summer Seminar will be honored for the 2022 event.

PNG Day returns to Central States Convention

Visitors will get early advantage for buying, selling, and auction lot viewing prior to the Central States convention

(Schaumburg, Illinois) January 12, 2021 –The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) will once again conduct a PNG Day show in conjunction with the annual Central States Numismatic Society (www.CentralStatesNumismaticSociety.org) convention.

The 2021 PNG Day will be open to the public on Wednesday, April 21, in Discovery Hall on the main floor at the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 North Thoreau Drive, in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois. That is the site of the April 22-24 CSNS 82nd anniversary convention (www.CentralStatesNumismaticSociety.org/convention).

“For many years, there were PNG Days with Central States until 2013, and now we will happily be back with them,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

“We are quite excited about again giving collectors at the outstanding Central States shows the opportunity to be the first to see the best material available from the top dealers as well as an early opportunity to offer coins, banknotes, tokens and medals for sale to top buyers,” stated PNG President Richard Weaver.

“The Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center is located only 13 miles from O’Hare International Airport and easily accessible from the airport by taxi, Uber, Lyft or limo service. Information about discount rates for transportation and hotel accommodations is available on the CSNS convention website,” explained CSNS Convention Manager Larry Shepherd.

PNG Day visitors can have access to lot viewing that day with the official auctioneers of the CSNS convention, Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com) and Legend Rare Coin Auctions (www.LegendAuctions.com). During the CSNS show Heritage will offer coins from the distinguished collections of Bob Simpson and Donald G. Partrick, and Legend will offer selections from the number one Set Registry collections of Gerald Forsythe.

“We are delighted to welcome back the Professional Numismatists Guild to hold PNG Day prior to the official opening of the Central States Numismatic Society 2021 Convention,” said CSNS President Mitch Ernst. “Central States and PNG have enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship going back many years. We appreciate the confidence they are showing in CSNS leadership and in the positive new direction of our convention by bringing the prestigious PNG Day back to Central States.”

The 2021 PNG Day Show will be open to the public from 9:00 am to 1 pm, Wednesday, April 21. Public admission is $5 at the door; however, admission will be free that day for everyone who pre-registers at www.PNGdealers.org/png-events.

Admission to the CSNS convention, April 22, 23 and 24, will be free to all Central States members, and $5.00 daily for non-members.

A limited number of bourse tables for PNG Day are available for PNG member-dealers by contacting the Professional Numismatists Guild by phone at 951-587-8300 or by email at info@pngdealers.org. Dealer applications for tables during the CSNS show are available on the CSNS website www.CentralStatesNumismaticSociety.org or by contacting Convention Manager Shepherd by email at www.convention@CentralStatesNumismaticSociety.org.

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