Market Report

Market Continues to Show Stability as Supply/Demand Ratio Swings to the Demand Side
There's a supply problem in the coin market as things continue to firm up. Modern issues remain "hot" as dealers and collectors seek the finest examples. Barber and Liberty Seated key dates in demand in all grades. Classic rarities continue to be as popular as ever. PCGS certifies a 1943 copper cent in AU58.
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The Expert's Corner

1934-1938 Texas Centennial Half Dollars
To mark the 100th year anniversary of independence of Texas, the administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt passed an act to authorize the coinage of commemorative silver half dollars. The history of the state of Texas is rich and colorful. The year 1836 was especially important, as the siege of the Alamo in San Antonio took place in that year, followed by General Sam Houston's trapping of the hostile forces of Santa Anna at the Battle of San jacinto on April 21,1836. A few months later Texas became an independent republic.
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Set Registry Spotlight

RegistryCoin - 144 Piece Silver Commemorative Set - The Number One Finest Set of All Time
Well over sixty percent of all pieces in this phenomenal set are either tied for, or unique examples of "finest known." The lowest grade in this spectacular 144 piece collection is MS65, with only ONE example in that grade capable of improvement. The gorgeous 14 piece Oregon set grades 67.4, including five MS68s, and the lovely 13 piece Texas set grades 67.2, and includes four MS68s. The beautiful 18 piece BTW set grades 66.2. More than ninety pieces reach the lofty grades of MS67 and MS68. This very fine and rare collection represents a colossus achievement.

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 been searching for a genuine proof Isabella quarter for years. I have seen several certified examples, but upon further investigation, these proved to be mis-graded as proofs. What are the specific diagnistics used to identify a proof?

Answer: The proof Isabella quarter is extremely difficult to identify. There are no certain die characteristics that can be used for this coin, leaving the decision to knowledge of the surfaces. Like any proof, PCGS would look for evidence of double striking; deep, reflective fields; and an unsurpassed strike. Beware of any coin listed as a proof without these necessary components. Too many coins called proofs have shallow fields and a lacking quality of strike.
--Rick Montgomery, PCGS

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

62nd Anniversary Convention of the Central States Numismatic Society & Professional Numismatists Guild
Indiana Convention Center
100 S. Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN
booth 103 / 104
April 4 - 7, 2001

Take advantage of PCGS' Show Service!
On-site grading show service will be available Wednesday, April 4 through 12 noon Saturday, April 7.

  • 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 this show, contact Kevin Foley at

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