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My Experience as "The Expert" at the February 2020 Long Beach Expo PCGS Meet the Expert Event

- March 9, 2020

Steve Feltner

I remember my first experience at the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectibles Expo quite vividly.  I was 18 years old, and it was one of the few major coin shows that I had attended up until that point.  I was working at Allgood Coin in St. George, Utah, and my boss needed a good inventory re-start.  We left in the early hours before the sun came up for the six- or seven-hour drive.

As we signed in, got our badges, and entered the bourse floor, I was filled with awe and excitement.  The buzz of conversations, deals being made, and coins being traded was infectious.  I knew right then and there that this is what I wanted to do with my life.  Little did I know at the time the phenomenal opportunities that would come my way.  I'm not sure I would have believed it!

One thing that always stuck with me at that and every subsequent Long Beach Expo that I went to was the fact that PCGS provided a day or two of "Meet the Expert."  This event, in my mind, gave collectors and dealers an excellent opportunity to sit with a PCGS expert and talk coins.  Whether someone needs an opinion on grade, authenticity, variety, or "should I submit this for grading?" they can get an answer from someone with credentials.  I remember hearing the announcements over the loudspeaker and dreaming of the fantastic items that the experts were getting to view.

Imagine my surprise — and delight — when in September of last year, and recently last week, I was asked to be "the expert"(!)  Of course, there was a slight hesitation in accepting the new role since I didn't know what type of questions might be brought up.  But, since I am passionate about coins and enjoy talking to people, those apprehensions were very short-lived.

  Director of Education & Outreach Steve Feltner  
Director of Education & Outreach Steve Feltner connects with just one of hundreds of collectors seeking PCGS expert opinion at the Long Beach Expo February 20-22, 2020.

After two days of speaking to the public, there was one coin that stood out above the rest; it was brought to me by a man and his wife.  I believe he said that the coins were a part of an estate that belonged to his father, who had passed.  He had several raw coins and had questions of condition and value.  I was shocked when I pulled out an 1871 $10 Liberty Eagle and flipped it over to see it was minted in Carson City!  I graded the coin About Uncirculated with no indications of cleaning or other manipulation.  It was a solid example.

I can say without hesitation that this past round of Meet the Expert was a huge success.  I spent a total of around three hours per day for two days speaking with a variety of collectors and dealers of different numismatic backgrounds.  Being able to educate the public about the history, importance, and value of their treasures is something that I have always enjoyed.  I can't wait until the next round.  If you ever find yourself at the Long Beach Expo and want to have a conversation with me, be sure to drop by!

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