(Long Beach, California) -- Collectors will have four opportunities to win valuable gold coins at the upcoming Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, February 2 - 4, 2012, in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.
"A free gold coin will be given away as a door prize on each day of the three-day show. In addition, Professional Coin Grading Service will award a $20 Saint-Gaudens gold coin valued at over $2,000 as the prize in its coin grading competition," said Ronald J. Gillio, Expo General Chairman.
"The response to the PCGS Collectors Club Grading Contest at the recent FUN convention in Florida was extremely positive, and now we'll give West Coast collectors a chance to see who's the best grader and to win a Saint- Gaudens Double Eagle graded PCGS Secure Plus MS65," said PCGS President Don Willis.
"We'll also have a special coin grading competition for young numismatists in high school and pre-high school categories, and the winner in each category will receive a PCGS-certified MS65 Morgan dollar."
The Long Beach Expo is open to the public for buying and selling gold and silver, rare coins, vintage paper money, rare stamps and other collectibles and estate jewelry.
"Many of the 1,000 dealers attending the show will offer free, informal appraisals for the public. Educational seminars and collector's club meetings will be held, and Heritage Auctions will conduct a major public auction of rare coins during the show," said Gillio.
The coin grading competition is sponsored by PCGS PhotogradeTM Online and will be open to current members of the PCGS Collectors Club and active PCGS Set Registry members. It will not be open to dealers.
"Adult participants will have to grade 20 U.S. coins of random denominations and dates that have been previously certified by PCGS, but their holder inserts will not show the grade," explained PCGS Set Registry Manager BJ Searls.
" The winner will be the collector who has the most correct grades, “correct” defined as matching the PCGS grade exactly. In case of a tie, bonus points will be awarded to any answer that is correct to within a half a grade to determine the winner."
The competition for adults will be conducted during the show's public hours on Thursday and Friday and until 2 pm Saturday at the PCGS booth (#807). The young numismatists competition will take place on Saturday between 10 am and 2 pm.
Participants should ask for Gayle Kean at that booth. Additional information and complete rules will be available there as well as on the PCGS web site, www.PCGS.com.
The Long Beach Expo, in the Long Beach Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave., will be open to the public Thursday and Friday, February 2 and 3, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, February 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
Additional information about the show and discount coupons are available online at www.LongBeachExpo.com, or call (805) 962-9939.
Professional Coin Grading Service and Expos Unlimited, organizer of the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, are divisions of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).