|eCollector - Dec. 31, 2002 | Vol. 3 Number 27|
Up, Up and Away! Coins End 2002 on an Extremely Strong Note; Interest in Gold Soars
Set Registry Spotlight
Daniel D. Biddle #1 - The Number One Finest Roosevelt Dime Set, Circulation Strikes (1946-1964)
PCGS SET REGISTRY RECEPTION. If you are planning to attend the Florida United Numismatists Show next month, don't forget to RSVP by January 3rd your plans to attend the Set Registry Reception being held Friday, January 10th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. David Hall, Collectors Universe President and one of the founders of the Professional Coin Grading Service, will give a discussion on how the Set Registry concept came about. Also, meet other set registrants and members of the PCGS staff. We look forward to the opportunity to thank you for your participation in the Set Registry program. To RSVP or if you have questions, please e-mail BJ Searls.
The following sets have recently been weighted: Two Cents Basic and with Varieties Circulation Strikes and Proofs, Three Cent Silvers Circulation Strikes and Proofs, Shield Nickels Basic and with Varieties Circulation Strikes and Proofs, and Liberty Nickels Circulation Strikes and Proofs. You'll find all this information and other updates on the Set Registry News page.
In January, PCGS will launch the new Canadian Coin Set Registry at the New York International Numismatic Convention. The first sets listed will be those of the incredible Belzberg Collection, the finest Canadian coin collection ever assembled. The Belzberg Collection goes up for sale by Heritage Numismatic Auctions on January 13th in New York City. Click here for details.
Fun, educational, and sometimes controversial, the PCGS Set Registry Messageboard remains the number one informative coin forum on the Internet. Get involved with other collectors who are currently participating in the Set Registry program or are just beginning. Click here to chat on the Set Registry Messageboard.
Seasonality in Coins
What does "standard silver" mean? Find out in Lingo, the PCGS dictionary of numismatic definitions. Click here for Lingo.
Subscribe to the online PCGS Population Report for as little as $4.95 a month! Updated weekly, get the latest census data on all coins graded by PCGS. Click here to get a free peek at the population statistics for Roosevelt dimes.
Our Readers Ask
Question: Does PCGS always use some sort of magnification when grading coins?
Answer: Depends on the coin and the grader. For example, I've always had to use a 5 power to grade 3 cent silvers... they are just way small. And full step Jeffersons... gotta put a glass on every coin. Some graders use a glass on almost every coin... some use a glass on 50% of the coins... some use a glass on 20% of the coins. It depends on what you're used to and whether you're near-sighted, far-sighted, or normal-sighted.
Here are a few interesting related thoughts.
Nearly every grader/dealer in the world uses a regular light bulb. A few use halogen lights. There are two old timers that still use Tensor lamps when they grade, PCGS founders John Dannreuther and yours truly. It's really a matter of what you're used to. I can look at a coin under a regular light bulb, but they look different. My brain has processed the look of millions of coins viewed under Tensor lamp light. I simply see "more" with a Tensor.
Many world class graders are near-sighted. Near-sighted people have significant extra magnification close up. I would love to have LASIK surgery, but I'm afraid I'd lose my coin grading "eye."
-- David Hall, Professional Coin Grading Service
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Online Bidding Now Underway for Auctions at Bowers and Merena Galleries and Kingswood Coin Auctions
Welcome to the latest Bowers and Merena Galleries Rarities Sale! Once again it's in January, and once again the Rarities Sale will become one of the first large numismatic auctions of the year -- paving the way for another year of important Bowers & Merena Galleries events! Presale bidding closes Sunday, January 5th at 11 p.m. Eastern Time (8 p.m. Pacific Time). All lots will be sold at public auction in Orlando, FL on Tuesday, January 7th starting at 5 p.m. Click here to browse and to bid.
The Kingswood Coin Auctions Lincoln Sale offers choice, rare, and valuable coins of the United States plus some interesting paper money all graded by PCGS, NGC and CGA. In a word, each piece is interesting. Whether you're a collecting veteran or if you've just started in the world's greatest hobby, or Kingswood welcomes you and invites you to participate. The Lincoln Sale ends Thursday, January 16, 2003, at 10 p.m. Eastern Time (7:00 p.m. Pacific Time). Click here to participate.
SEE PCGS IN JANUARY!
New York International Numismatic Convention
F.U.N. Show: PCGS will be accepting coins for on-site grading at the F.U.N. show.
New York Show: PCGS will be accepting coins at all grading levels at the show. Coins submitted at the show will be graded by PCGS and returned via mail.