I'm sure most readers have seen this news by now, but here are the press releases on the cancellation of the June 2020 Whitman Coin Expo and the relocation of the
associated Stack's Bowers auctions. -Editor
Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo Cancels June Bourse, Plans to Reopen in November
Ongoing Public Health Crisis Has Restricted the Baltimore Convention Center
Stack's Bowers Galleries' Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo, Will Hold its Auction in California.
Maryland's ongoing state of emergency, declared March 12 by Governor Larry Hogan to help control the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, has closed the June 2020 Whitman Coin
& Collectibles Expo bourse. The Expo, originally scheduled for June 18–20 at the Baltimore Convention Center, will be closed for all bourse activities including dealer buying
and selling, educational programs, and club meetings. The auction of Stack's Bowers Galleries will be held on the previously announced dates at its California home offices. Please
visit www.stacksbowers.com for auction details and updates.
Part of Maryland's containment strategies include restricting public access to state buildings and controlling public events.
Management and staff of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo continue to express their concern for everyone affected by COVID-19. "Social distancing is a crucial part
of Maryland's strategy for flattening the hospital-capacity curve," said Whitman Expo general manager Lori Kraft. "The state continues to monitor the pandemic. We're
grateful for front-line medical workers, and we understand the need to cooperate so everyone stays as safe as possible. Our dealers and the hobby community are looking forward to
getting back to business, and we anticipate an even busier and better Expo in November."
A complete roster of bourse activities will run throughout the November 12–14 Expo. "We have some exciting announcements in the works, some of the greatest names in the
hobby will be there, and everyone will be ready to jump back into a booming market after energy has been building for a few months," said Kraft.
Updates and news regarding the Whitman Baltimore Expo will be posted at expo.whitman.com.
Here's the Stack's Bowers announcement. -Editor
Covid-19 Virus Forces Relocation of the Stack's Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles June Expo
Stack's Bowers Galleries' June 2020 Auction has been relocated from the Baltimore Convention Center to their Santa Ana, California home office. Lot viewing for the auction will
be held by appointment at the California office starting June 8.
"As the world closely monitors the impact of the Covid-19 virus and the resulting cancellation of numerous public events, we have made the strategic decision to host our June
auction in our home offices in the same manner as we recently conducted our record setting March event," said Brian Kendrella, president of Stack's Bowers Galleries. He continued:
"Our superb online bidding software will once again carry the load, as is the norm in today's auction world. Numismatic sales have remained strong and our March sale exceeded
presale estimates, which were determined well before recent economic difficulties. With over $38 million in numismatic items sold in our March auctions, many at new world record
prices, Stack's Bowers Galleries has demonstrated a superior ability to connect bidders with desirable coins and achieve tremendous prices realized for our consignors, even in the
face of unanticipated global uncertainty."
Showcased in June will be the Q. David Bowers Collection of Vermont Coppers, a highly significant offering, remarkable both for the exceptional quality of individual pieces and
the presence of numerous rare varieties. Also featured will be a stunning collection of gold coins from The Francesca Collection, a cabinet that is coming to market after being in
private hands for nearly 50 years. In addition, we will have a beautiful selection of silver coinage from The Dazzling Rarities Collection that will delight collectors in
Stack's Bowers Galleries is still accepting consignments for the June 2020 Auction and generous cash advances are available. For more information please inquire by phone
(800-458-4646) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For clients unable to attend the live auction in California, please call 800-458-4646 or email email@example.com to request phone
descriptions from the firm's specialists, to place absentee bids, or to arrange bidding by telephone. Live bidding will be available through the company's website at www.StacksBowers.com or through their iOS and Android apps using technology recognized as the best in its class by the Numismatic Literary
Wayne Homren, Editor
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