Market Report

Baltimore Show to Feature Bowers & Merena Auction This Week
There's lots of news in the world of coins! The Baltimore show is on tap with an outstanding Bowers & Merena auction. The Eliasberg 1913 Liberty nickel sells for $1,840,000. At last there's a Lexington commemorative half dollar in MS67 as PCGS certifies a spectacular example. ANA "Money Show" is a success as the coin market gathers momentum.
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The Expert's Corner

Pedigree of Five Known 1913 Liberty Nickels
The Eliasberg 1913 Liberty nickel has just sold for $1,840,000! In his 1996 book, Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. - King of Coins, Q. David Bowers outlined the history and pedigrees of all five known 1913 Liberty nickels. Here’s a look at this exciting history.
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Set Registry Spotlight

Richard Groman - PR Liberty Nickel Set - All Time Finest
OK, so he may not have the 1913 Liberty Nickel, but Richard's set, without a doubt, is spectacular in every sense of the word. Many of the coins are tied for the finest known, and the 1906 is the only Proof-68 graded by PCGS. This Proof Liberty set is the crème de la crème!

How does your set stack up? The PCGS Set Registry has several hundred sets registered with new sets being added every day. Click here to visit the Set Registry.

Our Readers Ask

Question: I have seen various examples of Morgan Proof Dollars in several on-line auction catalogues and in some of the Bowers & Merena auction catalogues. Generally speaking, the vast majority of these proofs seem very dark, deeply toned, and it's very difficult to discern a level of detail that one would ascribe to a "proof" coin. How do the professionals recognize a genuine "proof Morgan" when they see one, especially since many of these proofs made it into circulation?

Answer: Proofs are generally struck with only certain sets of dies that have been well recorded over time. PCGS uses reference books for the identification of some of these dies if the condition of the coin warrants. For proofs that have not been circulated, PCGS will rely on die knowledge as well as the surface conditions of the coin. Proofs, having been struck twice from dies set with higher pressures and slower speeds from their business strike counterparts, as well as being struck on polished planchets, will display greater details than the business strike issues.
--Rick Montgomery, PCGS


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Announcements

PCGS at the Suburban Washington Balitmore Coin & Currency Convention this Week!

Bring your coins to the following show and have them graded on-site by PCGS:

Suburban Washington Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention
Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD
Hall A & B, Table #1306
March 15 - 18, 2001

Take advantage of PCGS' Show Service!
- Special Show Service -- $60 per coin valued at $1,500 or less
- Standard Show Service -- $100 per coin
Coins may be submitted to all other PCGS grading levels at the show.

For more information about Suburban Washington Baltimore show, contact Ed Kuszmar at 561-995-7984.

Bowers and Merena Galleries presents "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere - Part II." Online bidding ends March 15th picking up with a live floor auction in Baltimore, Maryland March 15-17. To bid now, click here.


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