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Coin dealers and chocolate theme at Chicago-area stamp show

Mar 20, 2015, 11 AM

A Chicago-area stamp show is adding coin dealers to its bourse for its 2015 Memorial Day weekend event.

The Compex (the Combined Philatelic Exhibition of Chicagoland) show reports that three years ago it welcomed postcard dealers, and it is now accepting bourse applications from coin dealers.

A press release from Compex says: "Stamp collecting and coin collecting have long-standing ties – and many of our current stamp dealers also handle coins, but haven’t sold them at COMPEX in the past. They are now welcome to bring their coins to sell at the show along with their usual philatelic material. The inclusion of coin dealers will be advertised in the numismatic press."

The show will take place May 22-24 at the newly remodeled Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, Ill. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

Compex is comprised of nine Chicago-area clubs holding their individual exhibits under the same roof at the same time. This is the show’s 58th annual exhibition.

Also participating in the show are the United States Postal Service and the United Nations Postal Administration, with their respective postal products available for purchase.

In addition to approximately 40 dealers and 100 frames of the exhibits, Compex will include a youth booth with free stamps and activities for young collectors, and meetings of several local stamp clubs.

The show theme is the 250th anniversary of the first chocolate manufactured in North America. Cachets and a show cancel will be available in keeping with the show’s chocolate theme.

Dealers interested in participating in the show, should contact Charles Berg, phone 773-775-2100 or e-mail, as soon as possible. All requests for information on Compex 2015 should be similarly addressed.

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