Giant Gold Rush Ingots in Long Beach The next Long Beach, California Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo will be held Sept. 10 - 12, 2009, and features an eye-opening display of two huge, 19th century sunken treasure gold bars.
News-Antique.com - Aug 27,2009 - (Long Beach, California) -- Two huge, historic sunken treasure gold bars with a combined weight of over 100 pounds, produced by assayers during the California Gold Rush and recovered from the 1857 shipwreck of the fabled SS Central America, will be exhibited at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, September 10 – 12, 2009.
The show is open to the public in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.
"The display will feature gold ingots created during the height of the Gold Rush by prominent San Francisco area assayers. One gold bar weighs 662 ounces, the other is 598 ounces," said Ronald J. Gillio, Expo General Chairman.
"Both were recovered in the late 1980's from the SS Central America, the legendary 'Ship of Gold' that was carrying tons of California Gold Rush coins and ingots to New York City when it sank during a hurricane in 1857. These gold bars are treasures of Wild West history."
The ingots will be displayed at the show by Monaco Rare Coins of Newport Beach, California.
During the three-day Long Beach Expo more than 1,000 dealers will be buying and selling rare coins, paper money, stamps, postcards, historic documents, antiques, estate jewelry and other collectibles. Some dealers will provide free, informal appraisals for visitors.
A free gold coin will be awarded daily to a lucky, registered visitor. Young numismatists' activities including a children’s treasure hunt will be held on Saturday, September 12.
A half dozen educational programs and collectors' clubs meetings will be conducted during the show. Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas, Texas, the world's largest collectibles auction house, will hold a public sale of U.S. and world coins and paper money.
The public hours of the Long Beach Expo are Thursday and Friday, September 10 and 11, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, September 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (The show is closed on Sunday.) A complete Schedule of Events is online at www.LongBeachExpo.com.
General admission is $6 (good for all three days); $4 for members of any coin or stamp club who display a valid membership card; and $3 for seniors 65 and older. Free admission for children ages seven and younger. Discount coupons are available online at www.LongBeachExpo.com.
For additional information, call Expos Unlimited at (805) 962-9939. Between September 9 and 12, call the Long Beach Convention Center at (562) 436-3636.
The Long Beach Expo is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).