Coin convention Check your pockets, raid the piggy...

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November 11, 1999|By Lori Sears

Coin convention

Check your pockets, raid the piggy bank and dust off the safe-deposit box. Gather those old coins and any rare paper money you've been stashing, and find out if they're more valuable than you thought at the Suburban Washington/Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention tomorrow through Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Browse tables from more than 750 dealers, participate in coin auctions, see the "Billion Dollar Currency Exhibit" by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, attend educational seminars, free appraisal sessions and evaluation clinics, have your coins graded, learn how to look up values, receive a show-issued souvenir card, and for young numismatists -- ages 12 and under -- receive free coins, information and supplies.

The coin and currency show takes place tomorrow and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Free. Call 410-649-7310.

`Happy Birthday, Monsieur Monet!'

How many candles on your last birthday cake? Is that all? How about joining in the celebration of Claude Monet's 159th birthday at the Baltimore Museum of Art Sunday? While not in attendance, Monsieur Monet would have loved the bash, with visitors such as yourself dressed in pastel hues and admiring his paintings of Charing Cross and Waterloo bridges, eating cake and singing "Happy Birthday" to him. And he assuredly would have been delighted to instruct children in constructing their own bridges out of Popsicle sticks, glue, cotton balls and tempera.

The event is offered in conjunction with the current exhibit, "Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from American Collections," on view through Jan. 30.

"Happy Birthday, Monsieur Monet!" takes place Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Event is geared to ages 4 to 8, accompanied by an adult. $10; $8 BMA members. Call 410-396-6320.

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