The American Numismatic Association publicity machine is in high gear for the upcoming Baltimore convention. A number of publications across the country picked up the story of one of the marquee coins to be exhibited. -Editor.
George Fuld writes:
In Sunday's Baltimore Sun (June 29th) there was an article by a Sun reporter on the Kellogg 1853 $20 proof from the Garrett collection. It's owned by Contursi, and he values it at $3 million -- I think a bit extreme. It will be displayed at Baltimore ANA convention (times and dates given in article)-- in a special five foot cabinet made to resemble the coin cabinets at the U.S. Mint in the nineteenth century, Good public relations!!A one-of-a-kind California Gold Rush coin, preserved for years by one of Baltimore's most prominent families, will return here next month for the first time in nearly 30 years.
The 154-year-old $20 gold piece known as the Kellogg Twenty - now worth $3 million - will be displayed during the American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money in the Baltimore Convention Center from July 30 to Aug. 2. Once owned by Baltimore resident and diplomat John Work Garrett, the coin is considered by collectors to be one of the finest American coins from the mid-19th century.
The coin was made Feb. 9, 1854, by John Glover Kellogg, a New York native who worked as an assayer - someone who tests minerals to determine their composition - during the California Gold Rush.
The coin will be displayed from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. July 30 through Aug. 1, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2. The event is free and open to the public.
To read the complete article, see: Piece of Gold Rush back in town (http://www.baltimoresun.com
Wayne Homren, Editor
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