CENTER:The 23rd annual...

COIN SHOW AT THE CONVENTION

March 24, 1995|By Holton F. Brown

COIN SHOW AT THE CONVENTION CENTER:

The 23rd annual Baltimore Coin Show this weekend in the Convention Center's Hall D will feature more than 200 dealers in coins, currency, items relevant to collecting money and medals.

The folks behind this show have an interesting lure. They're "circulating," as they say, $1,000 in old Silver Certificates throughout the area. Such currency has been getting rarer (and more valuable) with time since June 7, 1966, the day the Treasury Department stopped redeeming Silver Certificate currency for real silver.

If you find one of these bills, keep it, or redeem it at a premium at the show. A Silver Certificate can be recognized easily because the Treasury Seal is blue, yellow or brown, not the usual green.

Oh, if you've wondered what that box of funny-looking coins your favorite uncle left you might be worth, appraisers will be available. You also might want to attend auctions of coins and coin books today and tomorrow.

Admission is free. Hours today and tomorrow: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This show is usually put on twice a year, in March and early winter; this year, the second show will be in December. Information: 234-1528.

WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT TODAY?:

It's Maryland Day, that's what. A ceremony at 11 a.m. today at the Battle Monument downtown will celebrate the 361st anniversary of the founding of Maryland.

The Maryland Colonial Society and the City of Baltimore will sponsor the event, which will feature the playing of taps to honor war dead and the playing of "Stars and Stripes Forever." Other ceremonies will take place in the nearby Clarence Mitchell Courthouse. Information: 889-6060.

CARE ABOUT CHILD CARE?:

The city's seventh annual Child Care Conference will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Convention Center.

The conference will feature 65 workshops including how to start a child-care business, the effects of violence on children, infusing music in early childhood curricula, and getting men involved in the lives of their children, among other topics. Information: 396-4848.

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