Now that we have that out of the way, I must say one of the biggest benefits to living in So-Cal is the tri-annual opportunity to attend the Long Beach C,S & C Expo out at the Long Beach Convention Center. It's a tremendous meeting place filled with numismatic legends, amazing coins and a show that doesn't get as much notoriety as I think it deserves. T'was the 16th of February (1st day the show is open to the public), my friend Jeff came by at 7am, we headed out for breakfast and then hit the road around 8am. Getting from the Palm Springs area to Long Beach by 10:15 (10am doors open to the public). Here is a look inside the convention center entrance: Once you sign in, (note the line of people off in the distance), you can grab a bag of freebies and then head down a bank of escalators to the main bourse floor: At which point you are now the numismatic equivalent to a child set free in Disneyland! We try to stay organized and proceed down each row methodically and not buy the 1st coin we see. Therefore, at the 2nd booth 5 minutes in, I purchase a beautiful crescent toned MS-64 Binion Hoard Morgan ($40 & a 5oz ATB bullion round in trade). Having sold a similar coin a few months earlier I knew I needed to replace it, and there she was! We walked past some piles of gold at the next dealer booth: Nothing impressive.....I'm sure all our safes look about like that ;-) Your humble author in a selfie moment: Then we found some truly impressive classic gold at the next booth: PCGS had an immeasurably rare MS-67 1861 "Paquet Reverse" Double Eagle on display....which was very nice of them to give us some entertainment while standing in line to get some coins graded: Part 2 of this post is being typed.....please hold comments. Thank you!