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Last Time at Riviera: Vegas Rare Coin Show Hosts 200 Dealers, Silver Dollar Panel

Over 50 years ago, the first Vegas coin show opened as a gala event featuring show girls prancing with giant golden coins at the now defunct Sahara Hotel. U. S. Mint Director, Eva Adams, presented awards and over 7,000 people attended, including the legendary Sam Boyd. The show is now back on the strip at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, opening Mar 20, but soon, this historic casino and hotel will be destroyed.

Over $50,000,000 worth of rare U. S. and world coins, currency, stamps, collectibles and jewelry will be on display, including the rare 1943 AU50 NGC bronze Lincoln cent valued at $250,000 and offered by the Argent Group of Delaware.

It is said that Henry Ford once offered a brand-new automobile to anyone who could produce a genuine ‘43 copper and an entire generation grew up reading the backs of comic books where unimaginable sums were offered for this rarity.

Few can say that they have owned one of the most famous rarities in all of coinage. This show represents a rare opportunity to possess a coin that seems to break pricing records every time it appears in the marketplace.

“We are very excited about moving to the Riviera Hotel and Casino last December, but saddened to abruptly lose this legendary venue.  It’s perfectly located for easy access with plenty of parking for locals and easy to navigate the Strip from for out of town visitors and exhibitors.  ” shares Dawn Napolitan, CK Shows.  “This will be the last coin show ever at the Riviera.  The Rat Pack headlined at this casino.  The Las Vegas Strip is where Vegas came to be, the roots of this ‘Coin Town.’  Many people forget that, up until the early 1970s, silver dollars were still being played in these very slot machines, in the “Silver State.”  What a better way to close the book on the Riviera’s storied past than a convention celebrating silver dollars?”

This 52nd annual exposition is presented by CK Shows for the Las Vegas Numismatic Society who provides scholarships for Nevadan collegiate and numismatic education to the Las Vegas community. The club boasts over 260 members, of which over twenty-five are expected to volunteer their time for show set-up, tear down and registration. For more information about coin club meetings and special events, visit club page or call Joe Cavallero, club president at 702-860-6032.

Learn from industry experts, Michael Faraone, John Highfill, C. Logan McKechnie, Jeff Oxman and Mark Witkower at the CK Shows sponsored Saturday seminars.  Attendees will find education on counterfeits and silver dollars.  Seating is limited on all seminars and is complimentary with admission.

Las Vegas Coin Journal Mar 2015 Cover

Attendees will be able to view, buy, sell and trade silver dollars, Carson City coinage, colonial copper, rare educational notes, Civil War tokens, confederate currency, gold nuggets, English silver, $500 and $1000 bills.  Also offered are the rare decadrachm of Syracuse, the famous Jenny upside down plane stamp, Columbian emeralds, casino chips, world’s fair medals, vintage movie posters, daguerreotypes and other collectibles.

At the exposition, a person may get a free appraisal from over 150 independent dealers, purchase gold and silver coins, learn about history, shop for a gift and see interesting and rare stamps.  Visitors may sell old coins, paper money and gold, browse fine jewelry and submit coins for grading and authentication.

This is a place to peruse vintage collectibles and antique silver, find out what your local coin club does for fun or attend a silver dollar seminar. Look at ancient coins, relics and icons, check out old Vegas memorabilia, locate coin collecting supplies and reference books, bring your grandchild to kid’s programs, enjoy educational forums, meet guest authors and more!

In short, buy, sell, view and learn for three days in this exciting competitive marketplace of over 200 dealers.

Michael Faraone

Saturday’s counterfeit seminar extends a great opportunity to learn from Michael Faraone, rare coin authentication and varieties specialist.  Collectors of all US coins do not want to miss this rare opportunity Faraone has been a professional coin grader for 21 years, working 11 years with ANACS and 10 years with PCGS. In the last ten years he has graded almost a million coins. Faraone was editor of the National Silver Dollar Roundtable for over 20 years and has published articles on varieties and counterfeit detection and is retired air force after serving 20 years This must attend class is set for Saturday, March 21and begins at 12:00 noon. Complimentary seating is limited.

On Saturday morning, learn about silver dollars with a four star panel of industry experts and renowned authors.  Meet John Highfill, Comprehensive US Silver Dollar Encyclopedia, C. Logan McKechnie, VAMView Annual Price Guide, Jeff Oxman, Carson City Morgan Dollars: Coins of the GSA Hoard and Mark Witkower, Official Guide to the 1878 Reverse of ’79 Varieties.

Highfill founded the National Silver Dollar Roundtable and has been a silver dollar specialist for over 40 years. McKechnie added over 200 silver dollar varieties and revisions to the VAM list. Oxman authored Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties and four other standard reference works, including the Hot 50 VAMs, the Hit List 40 VAMs.  This four star panel is set for Seminar begins at 2 pm on Saturday, March 21. Complimentary seating is limited.

Kids of all ages can learn about coins Saturday from Walt Ostromecki, the president of the American Numismatic Association. Start your numismatic adventure at 10:30am and continue with Treasure Hunt and other activities until 4pm.

ANACS, America’s oldest third party rare coin authentication and certification service, will accept submissions onsite at the show all three days.

Published in conjunction with the event is the fourth volume of the Las Vegas Rare Coin Journal.  All editions are available on CK articles page.  Free hard copies of the full color journal are given to every attendee and comprises four to six articles in each volume, as well as, bourse information and dealer directory.

“We wanted convention goers to have a take away with real value, packed with reference information they might keep on the shelf.  It’s a little different approach to the traditional ad packed show program with the goal of building a following for future shows.  In hopes of making the booklet more appealing, CK Shows severely limited ad space in this 24-page journal.” Back copies are available by request by emailing [email protected] or by calling 800-208-1810, while quantities last.

Hours are Friday and Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 3pm.

Public admission is $3 for all three days.  There is free admission for members of any collectibles club, seniors 65 or over, Boy Scouts or military in uniform and children 8 years old or younger.  Show this article for free entry.

For more details, including event hotel rate or exhibitor info, visit, email [email protected] or call Dawn at 888-330-5188 or 800-208-1810. Future shows are scheduled for September 11-13 and December 11-13.  New location to be announced.


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