The number one finest set of all time of United States half cents from 1793 to 1857 will be displayed for the first time in public at the June 2013 Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Sports Collectibles Expo. There will also be exhibits of the all-time finest sets of German Empire 25 pfennig proof coins, 1909 to 1912, and German 5 mark proof commemoratives, 1952 to 1986.
The three-day Long Beach Expo will be open to the public, Thursday to Saturday, June 6 - 8, in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.
"The Missouri Cabinet Collection is the greatest collection of U.S. half cents ever assembled. It has a grade point average of 63.786 and is the all-time finest set in the PCGS Set Registry™. It was assembled over a period of more than 40 years by R. Tettenhorst with collaboration between him and the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society in St. Louis," explained Cassi East, President of the Long Beach Expo.
"This is the only collection of half cents ever formed that contains every variety of half cent struck for circulation (www.pcgs.com/SetRegistry/alltimeset.aspx?s=108744), and the only collection to contain every variety of half cent struck only in proof (www.pcgs.com/SetRegistry/alltimeset.aspx?s=108745). The Missouri Cabinet is ranked number one in all eight Set Registry half cents categories," said East.
Labeled as "The CoinKing Collection," the German proof 25 pfennig basic set (www.pcgs.com/SetRegistry/alltimeset.aspx?s=62174) has a GPA of 67.131 and the GPA of the German proof 5 mark commemoratives set (www.pcgs.com/SetRegistry/alltimeset.aspx?s=49896) is 68.140.
Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com) will conduct its US Coin Signature Auction in conjunction with the show.
Football Hall of Fame member Joe Montana and Basketball Hall of Fame members Dennis Rodman and Oscar Robertson will meet with fans and sign autographs at the show on Saturday, June 8. Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark, who made "The Catch" from Montana for a last minute touchdown to win the 1982 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys, will also be signing autographs at the show.
Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash will also be represented at the show with the exhibit of an award-winning set of 1959 Nu-Cards Rock and Roll Stars trading cards (www.psacard.com/PSASetRegistry/alltimeset.aspx?s=20645) from collector William Bengen (who nicknamed it "Jean-Luc Picard Set #1" in the PSA Set Registry).
The Long Beach Expo will be open to the public for buying and selling sports memorabilia, gold and silver, rare coins, vintage paper money, rare stamps and other collectibles and estate jewelry. There will be daily drawings to give away a PCGS-certified Morgan silver dollar to a lucky, registered visitor.
Public hours are Thursday and Friday, June 6 and 7, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Public admission is $8 (good for all three days); $6 for members of any coin or stamp club; $4 for seniors 65 and older and for children ages 8 to 16. Free admission for children ages 7 and younger and for members of the Collectors Universe Collectors Clubs and Set Registries. Discount coupons and a Schedule of Events are available online at www.LongBeachExpo.com.
For additional information or to pre-purchase autograph tickets, call the Long Beach Expo at (888) 743-9316 or email at LBExpo@collectors.com.