Book Now for 2022 National Money Show® and Debut of “The Medal in America” Exhibit

Collectors and dealers are encouraged to make hotel reservations now to take advantage of special discount room rates at the historic Broadmoor resort for the March 10-12, 2022 National Money Show in Colorado Springs, Colorado, according to officials of the American Numismatic Association (ANA).

Attendees can register for the show in advance and get hotel booking information at money.org/NationalMoneyShow.

“The Broadmoor, host hotel for the 2022 National Money Show, offers gracious hospitality and unmatched amenities in magnificent surroundings at the foot of the Rocky Mountains,” said ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick. “If you are planning to attend the ANA show, you should make arrangements now to take advantage of special discount room rates to stay at one of the most celebrated hotels in the world.”

The ANA has negotiated extremely favorable room rates for attendees: $169 for classic rooms, $179 for superior room and $199 for premier rooms. In addition, the usual daily resort fee of $32 per room will be waived, and overnight guests will get complimentary self-parking and free in-room internet service.

“Reservations must be made by February 5, 2022, to get the special room rates, but we encourage attendees to book now while rooms are available,” advised Kiick.

In addition to bourse floor activities, educational seminars and club meetings at the hotel’s convention center, visitors will be able to see the debut display of “The Medal in America” exhibit at the ANA’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum.

“This important new exhibit will feature medals that trace the history of the United States from colonial times to the present, starting with the invention of modern medals and how they are made,” explained Doug Mudd, Money Museum curator and director. “There will be an impressive display that includes important George Washington-related medals from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s famous Baker Collection, recently donated to the Museum by ANA benefactor Dwight Manley.”

A member reception on Thursday, March 10 is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to unveil “The Medal in America” exhibit at ANA headquarters. Round-trip shuttle transportation from the Broadmoor is available for those who pre-register.

The National Money Show will provide collectors access to hundreds of dealers offering extensive numismatic inventory at all price levels, an auction, exhibits of rare and historical treasures, and educational programming for both beginning and seasoned hobbyists.

The show is hosted by the nonprofit, Colorado Springs-based American Numismatic Association, which is dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its members and the collecting public discover and explore the world of money through an array of instructional and outreach programs.

Additional information about the American Numismatic Association is available by visiting money.org or calling (719) 632-2646. National Money Show information is available at money.org/NationalMoneyShow, by calling (800) 482-9828 or emailing convention@money.org.

Long Beach Expo Opens Doors This Week

The First Long Beach Collectibles Show Since 2020 Will Be Held This Week at Long Beach Convention Center September 30-October 2, 2021

(Long Beach, California — September 28, 2021) The Long Beach Expo, the largest coin, currency, stamp, and sports collectible show on the West Coast, will return for the first time since 2020 when it opens its doors to the public this week from September 30 through October 2, 2021, at the Long Beach Convention Center. The Long Beach Expo will be headlined by lot viewings for a multimillion-dollar sale by Heritage Auctions and sport more than 400 collectibles dealers. Among the attractions are a rare collection of copper United States large cents dating back to the 18 th century, opportunities to meet with coin and sports memorabilia experts, on-site collectibles grading, the chance to win gold coins and sports rarities, and much more.

For free admission to this week’s Long Beach Expo September 30 through October 2, 2021, visit: https://www.longbeachexpo.com/visitors/registration and use promo code “LBEPR”.

“We are excited to kick off the first Long Beach Expo in more than 18 months,” says PCGS Interim President Stephanie Sabin. “There is so much pent-up energy across all areas of collectibles right now, and we’ve seen this in record prices for coins, sports cards, and more. With all the excitement in the coin and collectibles community and a wide variety of popular attractions at the Long Beach Expo, I’m sure we will have a very busy convention floor this week!”

Among the many Long Beach Expo highlights are:

  • Heritage Auctions — The official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo and world’s largest collectibles auctioneer will showcase many exciting lots for its upcoming Signature Auctions (U.S. Coins #1334 and U.S. Currency #3585) to be held October 7-10 from their headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Learn more about Heritage Auctions, explore their complete Signature Auction schedule, and find out how to consign to future Heritage Auctions events by visiting our Auctions [https://www.longbeachexpo.com/auctions] page.
  • PCGS Set Registry Presents: The Walter J. Husak Collection of Large Cents, 1793-1814 (Booth #413) — The culmination of indescribable patience and effort, this collection includes 87 remarkable specimens of large, heavy copper coins totaling more than $7 million in value. This collection consists of many of the finest specimens known of the very first coins ever struck by the U.S. Mint for mass circulation, predating the silver and gold coinage that came along in the mid-1790s.
  • PCGS On-Site Grading (Booth #401) — PCGS is offering on-site grading submissions for banknotes at Express or higher service level through Thursday, September 30 at 5 PM and for coins through Friday, October 1 at 5 PM. Be sure to take advantage of a special PCGS $10 Crossover special for U.S. coins that don’t cross.
  • PSA Grading & PSA/DNA Authentication (Booth #1061) — PSA will be offering on-site and drop-off grading for limited trading card authentication and grading services and accepting drop-off submissions for autograph authentication services.
  • “Meet the Expert” Coin Sessions at the PCGS (Booth #401) — Come by the PCGS booth to meet Steve Feltner, PCGS director of numismatic education and outreach. You can receive in-person insights on your collectible coins, and collectors of all ages and experience are welcome! Visit Steve at the PCGS booth (#401) 10:30 AM through 12:30 PM on Thursday, September 30 and Friday, October 1.
  • “Meet the Expert” Sport Sessions at the Memory Lane Booth (Booth #1047) — Bring your sports items for an evaluation by the Memory Lane experts. You might even receive an offer! Get an opportunity to find out more about your sports collectibles and what they’re worth 11 AM through 12 PM on Thursday, September 30; Friday, October 1; and Saturday October 2.
  • Win A Free Gold Coin and Sports Prize — Each day of the show we’ll award an American Eagle One-Half Oz. Gold coin and an authenticated sports jersey to a show attendee! Preregister for the show and be automatically entered to win! Drawings take place at 2 PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. * Attendees must be present to win.

The Long Beach Expo will be held from September 30 and runs through October 2. Doors open 10 AM through 6:30 PM on Thursday, September 30 and Friday, October 1, and 10 AM through 4:30 PM on Saturday, October 2. The Long Beach Expo will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center — Hall C, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, California 90802.

About Long Beach Expo

Since 1964, the Long Beach Expo (LBE) has been the leading international trade show in the coin, currency, stamp, and sports collectibles industry held by Expos Unlimited. Located in Long Beach, California, the Long Beach Expo brings together more than 10,000 dealers and collectors worldwide at its three shows held three times per year, hosted by Expos Unlimited, a division of  Collectors Universe  and a sister company of  Professional Coin Grading Service  (PCGS),  Professional Sports Authenticator  (PSA),  Certified Coin Exchange  (CCE),  Collectors Corner  and  Coinflation. To learn more about the Long Beach Expo, visit  www.longbeachexpo.com  or follow on  Instagram Twitter  and  Facebook.

Legend Rare Coin Auctions Renews Sponsorship of PCGS Members Only Shows

The New Jersey boutique coin auction firm will continue sponsoring the exclusive coin shows held by Professional Coin Grading Service

Santa Ana, California – September 18, 2021) – The longstanding partnership between Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) and Legend Rare Coin Auctions continues as the New Jersey boutique coin firm renews its sponsorship of the PCGS Members Only Coin Shows. The PCGS Members Only Shows, usually held six times per year, have long been headlined by Legend Rare Coin Auctions, which serves as the show’s official auction company.

“We are excited to continue working with Legend Rare Coin Auctions,” says PCGS Interim President Stephanie Sabin. “Our relationship with Legend goes back decades, and they have been such wonderful promoters not only of PCGS Members Only Shows but also of the hobby in general. Their auctions shine a light on some of the hobby’s most extraordinary coins, including storied seven-figure rarities such as the 1894-S Barber Dime, which they recently handled.”

“Legend Auctions has enjoyed a successful relationship with PCGS being the official auctioneer of the Members Only Shows,” remarks Legend Rare Coin Auctions Owner and President Laura Sperber. “We see sustained strong growth with PCGS’ worldwide audience. That’s exactly what we are seeking to expand the scope and eventually the size of our sales – the more action, the better coins we receive for sale.”

Sperber says it’s a “win-win” for both Legend Rare Coin Auctions and PCGS. “Plus, we love the PCGS Members Only Shows. Our boutique size is perfect for them. Attendance and the business transacted can rival major shows. We’ve met so many new people and picked up some lasting great customers. Attend one of these shows, its worthy of your time!”

PCGS Members Only Shows are typically held six times per year, with the primary location in Las Vegas with a rotation of additional cities across the United States. For more information about PCGS Members Only Shows, please visit https://www.pcgs.com/shows.

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 47 million U.S. and world coins, medals, and tokens with a combined value of over $46 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.

President Bob Hurst Welcomes Collectors to Summer FUN Convention 2021

More than a than a year after the COVID Pandemic the Florida United Numismatists are holding a coin convention. This is the largest summer convention ever held with almost 300 bourse tables of dealers wanting to buy, sell, and trade coins, paper money and collectibles. FUN President Hurst celebrates the opening of event by giving Presidential Awards to Gary Braisted, Randy Campbell, Kenny Mullins, and Bob Russell.

Watch it directly on YouTube → here.

World’s Most Valuable and Famous Rare Coin, 1933 Double Eagle, at Chicago World’s Fair of Money®

First public display of this historic coin since its $18.9 million record-shattering auction, courtesy of its anonymous new owner and GreatCollections

The world’s most valuable and famous rare coin, the 1933 Double Eagle previously owned by King Farouk of Egypt and shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, will be publicly exhibited for four days at the American Numismatic Association’s Chicago World’s Fair of Money (www.WorldsFairOfMoney.com), Tuesday through Friday, August 10-13. This will be the historic gold coin’s first public display anywhere since it was sold at auction in early June for a record-breaking $18,872,250.

Photos courtesy of GreatCollections Coin Auctions.

The new owner told me that when this coin was first sold at auction in 2002 for a then-record-breaking $7.5 million, he was determined to one day own it. Nineteen years later, he fulfilled his dream. Now, after weeks of confidential meticulous planning and security arrangements, he graciously will be sharing it for the public to see in person at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money,” said Ian Russell, president of GreatCollections Coin Auction (www.GreatCollections.com) and exclusive consultant to the coin’s owner.

“We were absolutely surprised and ecstatic to be able to include this coin as a featured attraction at the upcoming Chicago World’s Fair of Money. This is a legendary coin, and we are honored that its new owner and GreatCollections are exhibiting it first at the ANA convention,” said Kim Kiick, ANA executive director.

The Chicago World’s Fair of Money will be open to the public in Hall A of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, August 10-14. The acclaimed 1933 Double Eagle will be displayed at the GreatCollections booth, #400, for the first four days of the five-day show.

United States $20 denomination gold coins (Double Eagles), specially designed by acclaimed sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens at the request of President Theodore Roosevelt, were struck from 1907 to 1933. Collectors often refer to them as “Saints” in recognition of their designer.

Although United States Mint records indicate 445,500 Double Eagles were struck in 1933, only one with that date is lawfully permitted for private ownership.

In April 1933, during the Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order “forbidding the hoarding of gold coin, gold bullion, and gold certificates within the continental United States” with limited exceptions. A State Department export license was granted in 1944 for one 1933-dated Double Eagle so it could be owned by King Farouk of Egypt. This is the same coin that will be displayed. Two other 1933 Double Eagles are in the National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution.

Public hours for the Chicago World’s Fair of Money are Tuesday, August 10, from 1 to 5:30 pm; Wednesday through Friday, August 11 to 13, from 10 am to 5:30 pm; and Saturday, August 14, from 10 am to 3:30 pm.

Public admission Tuesday through Friday is $10 daily or $25 for a three-day pass. Children 12 and under are admitted free daily and admission is free for everyone on Saturday.

For additional information visit WorldsFairOfMoney.com.

Collectors Loan $15+ Million of Classic U.S. Coins for Display at Chicago World’s Fair of Money

Exhibits hosted by Tangible Investments features examples of some of the finest known coins, including 1880 Coiled Hair and Flowing Hair “Stellas”

(Rosemont, Illinois) July 14, 2021 — A virtual mini-museum of superb quality, seldom-seen U.S. numismatic rarities from private collections will be displayed to the public by Tangible Investments of Laguna Beach, California (www.til1.com) at the American Numismatic Association 2021 Chicago World’s Fair of Money® (www.WorldsFairofMoney.com).

Insured for more than $15 million, the exhibit will include one of the finest known of America’s first dollars, the 1794 Flowing Hair dollar, and a complete set of $4 “Stellas,” including the finest PCGS-graded 1880 Coiled Hair and finest PCGS-graded 1879 Flowing Hair varieties.

“To celebrate the post-pandemic comeback of major shows, we have assembled an impressive, seven-part array of numismatic treasures on loan from their current owners’ private collections. We’re calling it the ‘Magnificent 7’ because these are some of the finest known, magnificent examples of classic U.S. coins,” explained Silvano DiGenova, President of Tangible Investments.

“They’re not for sale. They’re simply for the public to admire and learn about as we again enjoy the benefits of attending large coin shows in person, such as the important ANA convention,” said DiGenova.

The display will be at the Tangible Investments booth, # 301, in Hall E of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, site of the ANA 2021 convention, August 10-14.

Highlights of the seven-part, multi-million-dollar display include:

  • A 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar, graded PCGS MS63+ CAC. Formerly part of the Cardinal Collection and also in the collections of prominent 20th century collectors Virgil Brand and F.C.C. Boyd, this historic coin’s last public appearance was at the 2018 Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money.
  • One of the finest of only four known 1802 Draped Bust dollars, PCGS PR65+ CAC, that was previously owned by such notable collectors as Captain John W. Haseltine, Waldo C. Newcomer, Col E.H.R. Green, Amon Carter Senior and Junior, the I.R. French family and David Queller.
  • The finest assembled 1845 gold proof set with an original velvet-lined presentation box: $10 Eagle NGC PF65 CAM; $5 Half Eagle NGC PF66 CAM; and $2.50 Quarter Eagle NGC PF67 CAM.
  • The finest complete, 14-coin gold, silver, and copper 1880 proof set ever assembled, including $20 PCGS PR64 Deep Cameo (DCAM) CAC; $10 PCGS PR64 Cameo (CAM) CAC; $5 PCGS PR66 DCAM CAC; among the highest graded examples of both types of the 1880 Stella $4 denomination gold coins, Coiled Hair, PCGS PR65+ CAM CAC, and Flowing Hair, NGC PF66+ CAM; the finest known $3 PCGS PR66+ with a rare gold CAC sticker; and superb examples of the other 1880 proof coins from cent to gold dollar. “This constitutes the single most important U.S. proof set outside of the King of Siam set,” stated DiGenova.
  • A 1900-S Liberty Head Half Eagle, PCGS MS69 CAC, that is tied for finest known of that date and one of the finest examples of any classic U.S. gold coin. Encapsulated for three decades in a first generation PCGS holder, the coin’s pedigree includes the legendary collection of 20th century Baltimore banker Louis E. Eliasberg Sr. who was known as the “King of Coins.”
  • The single finest PCGS-graded 1879 gold $4 Flowing Hair Stella, PCGS PF67+ CAC, Pop. 1/0. An 1879 Coiled Hair Stella, NGC PF66+ Cameo, Pop. 1/3. “When combined with the two Stellas in the 1880 proof set, these would be approximately tied for the all-time finest registry set of Stellas,” said DiGenova.
  • A 1909 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, NGC PF69, the only Roman/Satin Finish or Matte Finish Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle graded proof 69 and not known to exist until 1993 when it made its first appearance at auction.

Visitors to the exhibit can receive complimentary, full-color fliers with information about the coins on display.

For additional information, contact Tangible Investments, Inc. at 949-715-5333 or online at www.TangibleInvestmentsinc.com. Additional information about the American Numismatic Association 2021 Chicago World’s Fair of Money is at www.WorldsFairofMoney.com.

Long Beach Expo Coin Show Returns in September 2021 Near PCGS Headquarters

Professional Coin Grading Service celebrates the first Long Beach Expo Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show in more than one year after several cancelations related to COVID-19

Long Beach Expo(Santa Ana, California – July 8, 2021) – Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) heralds the return of the Long Beach Expo Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show in Long Beach, California, just a few miles from the third-party grading service’s offices in nearby Santa Ana. The comeback of this popular southern California coin, banknote, and sports collectibles show has long been anticipated, particularly as the event was last held in February 2020, mere weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic began sweeping through the United States.

“We’re optimistic about the continuing return of coin shows, the Long Beach Expo among them,” says PCGS President Brett Charville. “It’s near our headquarters, and we’ve been making appearances at this important show since our early days – and they’ve been huge PCGS supporters, too. The first Long Beach Expo since February 2020 is just another sign that our hobby is slowly returning to a sense of normalcy.”

“PCGS plans to be offering on-site grading at the Long Beach Expo,” announces PCGS Senior Events Manager Samantha Dark. “Contingent upon any unforeseen changes related to pandemic safety protocols or other unexpected situations, we will be there offering Show Submissions through Friday, October 1, 2021, at 5:00 PM and will continue all other service-level submissions until late morning on Saturday, October 2, 2021.”

The next Long Beach Expo, ordinarily held three times a year, will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center September 30, 2021, through October 2, 2021. In addition to hundreds of dealers, educational exhibits, and other highlights, there will be a landmark Heritage Auctions event offering rare coins, banknotes, and much more. Please visit https://www.longbeachexpo.com/ for the latest information about the show, including any safety protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

“Ship of Gold” SS Central America Bell and Gold Rush Treasure At Chicago World’s Fair of Money®

SS Central America bell

Recovered in 1988 and not publicly displayed for three decades, the 268-pound bell from the fabled “Ship of Gold” treasure ship, the SS Central America, will be exhibited at the 2021 Chicago World’s Fair of Money, August 10-14.

(Rosemont, Illinois) July 8, 2021 – The 268-pound bell from the fabled “Ship of Gold,” the SS Central America that sank in 1857, will be publicly displayed along with some of the recovered California Gold Rush treasure at the American Numismatic Association’s 2021 Chicago World’s Fair of Money®, August 10-14 (www.WorldsFairofMoney.com). The bell that helped to confirm the identity of the historic vessel was brought up from the Atlantic Ocean in 1988 and has not been exhibited in public for three decades.

“The SS Central America represents the greatest American treasure ever found and its story is important to our history. This priceless treasure will be rung twice each day at booth #122 during the ANA convention in remembrance of the 425 passengers and crewmembers who perished when the legendary ship sank 164 years ago,” said Dwight Manley, managing partner of California Gold Marketing Group which owns the bell and recovered sunken treasure.

The ringing of the bell ceremony will be conducted daily 30 minutes after the show opens to the public and again at 3 pm. The American Numismatic Association 2021 Chicago World’s Fair of Money will be in Hall A of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd., in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois.

“The treasures of the SS Central America are a time capsule of the California Gold Rush, and the sound of the bell draws you into the time-capsule in a different way. This is what the passengers and crew heard on their journey. It’s spooky, and its reverent; an absolutely glorious tribute,” said Bob Evans, a scientist and historian who was a key member on each of the recovery expeditions starting in the late 1980s.

The SS Central America sank 7,200 feet under the surface of the Atlantic Ocean 150 miles off the North Carolina coast during a hurricane on September 12, 1857. She was on a voyage from Panama to New York carrying tons of California Gold Rush coins, ingots, and gold dust from the San Francisco and Northern California area. The tragedy took the lives of 425 of the ship’s 578 passengers and crewmembers, and the loss of the gold cargo was a major factor in the economically devastating financial panic of 1857 in the United States.

The ship’s bell has only been publicly exhibited twice before, both times in Ohio. It was displayed in 1992 at the Columbus Museum of Art and in 1993 at the Columbus Zoo. It has been in secure storage for nearly three decades, kept in approximately 90 gallons of distilled water weighing about 750 pounds in addition to the bell’s 278 pounds.

The maiden voyage of the SS Central America (then named the SS George Law) was in October of 1853.

SS Central America

A contemporary 19th century artist’s depiction of the legendary “Ship of Gold,” the SS Central America that sank in 1857 carrying tons of California Gold Rush-era treasures.

When the submerged bell came into view on the camera of the robot submarine being used to search for the ship in 1988, the expedition team could see part of the embossed lettering on it, MORGAN IRON WORKS NEW YORK 1853. That provided additional evidence that the shipwreck site was indeed the SS Central America.

“A few days before we recovered the bell, I actually found gold dust particles in sediment from the site. So, the shipwreck identity was already pretty solid. But the bell provided spectacular confirmation,” stated Evans.

“As it sat on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, the bronze bell was really in three different environments: 1) exposed to the seawater above the seabed; 2) at the soil-water interface itself (the seabed,) which was a very chemically active zone; and 3) buried in the sediment,” explained Evans.

“This bell is nearly two feet tall and a little over two feet in diameter at the lower flange edge. It is larger than any other ship bells I have seen, larger than bells seen in photographs taken aboard other vessels of the period,” said Evans. “I wonder if Morgan Iron Works had intended this for a church, and then decided to use it for a steamship for which they were making the engines?”

For additional information about the American Numismatic Association 2021 Chicago World’s Fair of Money, visit www.WorldsFairofMoney.com.

First Display in Nearly a Decade of Rare 1921 Roman Finish Proof Saint-Gaudens $20

The 1921 proof Double Eagle discovered in 2006 and now owned by Brian Hendelson, and the recently discovered 1854-S Half Eagle will both be exhibited by Heritage Auctions at 2021 Summer FUN Convention

(Orlando, Florida) June 22, 2021 – Not known to exist until 2006, the 1921 Roman Finish proof Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle authenticated and graded NGC PF64+ CAC, will be publicly displayed in July for the first time in nearly a decade.

From the collection of Brian Hendelson of New Jersey, it will be exhibited by Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com) at the Florida United Numismatists (www.FunTopics.com) Summer 2021 Convention in Orlando, July 8-10.

Not known to exist until 2006, this Roman Finish proof 1921 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle owned by Brian Hendelson will be displayed by Heritage Auctions at the Summer 2021 FUN convention, July 8-10. (Photo courtesy of Brian Hendelson.)

“Heritage will also display the fourth known 1854-S Liberty Half Eagle that was discovered in 2018. Of the four, only two are in private hands including this previously unknown example now encapsulated PCGS XF45, one is in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution and another 1854-S gold $5 has been missing for a half century,” said Jim Stoutjesdyk, Vice President of Numismatics at Heritage.

An 1854-S $5 gold piece was stolen from industrialist Willis duPont in Coconut Grove, Florida in 1967 and is still unaccounted for. The duPont family has declared in writing it has no claims to the coin that will be exhibited at the FUN convention and offered at auction by Heritage along with the 1921 proof Double Eagle later this year.

Discovered in 2018, the fourth known 1854-S Half Eagle will be displayed July 8-10 by Heritage Auctions at the Summer 2021 FUN convention in Orlando, Florida. (Photo courtesy of Professional Coin Grading Service.)

On display at booth #703 during the FUN summer event, both the 1921 Roman Finish proof Saint-Gaudens $20 and 1854-S Liberty Head $5 will be among the top highlights of Heritage’s Platinum Night auction at the American Numismatic Association’s 2021 Chicago World’s Fair of Money® (www.WorldsFairofMoney.com) in August.

“No examples of Roman Finish proofs for 1921 Double Eagles were known until 2000 when a circulated example was discovered. Then in 2006, the numismatic community was stunned when this second coin in superb condition surfaced and was authenticated by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (www.NGCcoin.com),” said Hendelson. “Both proofs are believed to have been struck as presentation pieces by authority of Raymond T. Baker, who was director of the United States Mint in 1921.”

This 1921 proof $20 denomination gold coin has previously only been publicly exhibited twice, at the 2010 and 2013 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money conventions in Boston and Chicago respectively. A special brochure about the coin and how Hendelson helped discover it and battled to get it will be available at the Heritage Auctions booth at the FUN show.

When it was authenticated in 2006, NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg stated: “The 1921 proof ranks highly among the truly important recent numismatic discoveries…it is earth shattering to encounter a coin like this for the first time outside of a museum or marquis collection. This is world-class numismatic treasure…”

Roman Finish proof coins, also known as Satin Finish proof, were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1909 and 1910, although some examples are known from later years, such as the relatively recent discoveries of the 1921 Roman Finish proof Double Eagles. The Roman Finish combines a brilliant proof surface with a matte finish surface and are considered by some collectors as the most beautiful proof coins struck by the United States.

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

Heritage also enjoys the highest online traffic and dollar volume of any auction house on earth (source: SimilarWeb and Hiscox Report). The Internet’s most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has more than 1,400,000 registered bidder-members and searchable free archives of five million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos. Reproduction rights routinely granted to media for photo credit.

$100 Million Exhibit of U.S. Type Coins from The Tyrant Collection to be Displayed at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money®

The never-before-seen exhibit will showcase hundreds of superb condition coins, including the famous King of Siam proof set

For the first time ever, the public will be able to see the superb quality type set of more than 400 U.S. coins from the acclaimed Tyrant Collection (TheTyrantCollection.com) at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money (WorldsFairofMoney.com), August 10-14. Ranging from 1793 to 1964, many of these historic coins are the finest known of their kind.

The centerpiece of the extraordinary exhibit will be the legendary King of Siam proof set which was originally presented in 1836 by the U.S. State Department to the King of Siam (now Thailand) as a gift on behalf of President Andrew Jackson.

Hosted by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association (ANA), the World’s Fair of Money is considered the biggest week of the year for collectors of coins, paper money, tokens and medals. The event traditionally features expansive educational forums led by notable speakers sharing their numismatic expertise, exhibits of rare treasures from private collectors, hundreds of coin dealers buying and selling numismatic items in all price ranges, and major auctions.

The legendary King of Siam proof set from The Tyrant Collection that will be displayed at the 2021 Chicago World’s Fair of Money includes a fabled Class I original 1804 Draped Bust dollar, graded PCGS PR67. (Photo credit: Lyle Engleson/Ira and Larry Goldberg Coins and Collectibles)

“This is the first time in over a decade that the full, fabled King of Siam set will be publicly displayed, and we’re delighted the set – in addition to the superb U.S. type coins – will be at the World’s Fair of Money,” said Kim Kiick, executive director of the ANA. “The unique King of Siam set will be accompanied by the leather-covered wood box that contained the presentation coins given 185 years ago to Rama III, the King of Siam. The ship’s log from the USS Peacock on that important diplomatic mission will also be displayed.”

The legendary set’s coins range in denomination from an 1834 Classic Head copper half cent to an 1804 “Plain 4” Heraldic Eagle gold $10. A renowned Class I 1804 Draped Bust silver dollar graded PCGS PR67 is also included.

Among the many highlights of the “U.S. Type Coins from the Tyrant Collection” exhibit at the 2021 Chicago World’s Fair of Money will be this 1793 Flowing Hair “Chain AMERI” large cent, graded PCGS SP65. (Photo credit: Professional Coin Grading Service)

“The entire, incomparable exhibit, entitled ‘U.S. Type Coins from The Tyrant Collection,’ is insured for $100 million,” said Ira Goldberg, CEO of Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, Inc. in Los Angeles, California. He is among those who have assisted the coins’ owner in building the collection of U.S. world and ancient coins that is often described as the world’s most valuable rare coin collection in private hands.

“The display will cover all U.S. types and sub-types, circulation strikes and proofs, from 1793 Liberty Cap half cents through the 1907 Saint-Gaudens Ultra High Relief $20 and everything in between to 1964. This undoubtedly will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see all these historic coins together,” explained Goldberg.

Although The Tyrant Collection owner wants to remain anonymous, he has been displaying portions of his ancient, world and U.S. coins for their educational value, one segment at a time, in a continuing series of themed exhibits that began in 2018 in California. Those exhibitions were suspended in early 2020 until now because of the pandemic.

In addition to the King of Siam set, a few of the many other highlights of the exhibit include:

  • 1793 S-1 Flowing Hair “Chain AMERI” large cent, graded PCGS SP65;
  • 1796 JR-1 Draped Bust, Small Eagle dime, PCGS SP67 CAC ex. Simpson Collection;
  • 1797 O-101a Draped Bust, Small Eagle half dollar, PCGS MS66 CAC ex. Pogue Collection;
  • 1795 Draped Bust, Small Eagle dollar, PCGS SP66, ex. Garrett, Hayes and Pogue Collections;
  • 1796 BD-2 Draped Bust, No Star quarter eagle, PCGS MS65 ex. Jung Collection; and
  • 1907 Ultra High Relief double eagle, PCGS PR68, ex. Augustus Saint-Gaudens estate.

Special display cases with LED lighting were constructed for The Tyrant Collection exhibits, and each coin’s obverse and reverse is shown with enlarged, color photographs for easy viewing. Detailed catalogs with information and superb illustrations about each coin in the exhibit will be available at the convention.

The World’s Fair of Money will be held in Hall A of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, in Rosemont, a suburb of Chicago, Ill. Public hours are Tuesday, August 10, from 1 to 5:30 pm; Wednesday through Friday, August 11-13, from 10 am to 5:30 pm; and Saturday, August 14, from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Health and safety protocols will be in effect.

Admission for ANA members is free. Admission Tuesday through Friday is $10 daily or $25 for a three-day pass for non-members. Children 12 and under are admitted free daily and admission is free for everyone on Saturday. Additional information can be found online at WorldsFairofMoney.com.

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