Market Report

Certified Gold Soars as Economic and Political Unrest Unsettle America
PCGS-graded $20 gold pieces in great demand, especially in grades of MS63-66. Certified gold coins of all denominations up about 20% since the events of September 11. New York City is getting back to normal, but dealers find things "quiet" locally. Kingswood "Franklin" sale to go online October 1st. "Tree Many Feathers" sale is back online.
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Set Registry Spotlight

East Coast Collector - Standing Liberty Set - The Number One Finest Set of All Time
It's an awesome achievement to have a Standing Liberty quarter set containing 100% Full Head coins, in fact, no other set registered can claim the same status, but the set also has seventeen coins grading MS67! This incredible set will be hard to beat. With the finest possible set rating at 66.76, this set comes in at an amazing 66.35. To view this set, click here.

Show off your coins! The Set Registry has hundreds of sets registered with new sets being added every day. Click here to visit the Set Registry.

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.

The PCGS Set RegistryTM is a work in progress. Do you have a quarter you'd like to offer to one of the Standing Liberty set registrants? We have now allowed registrants the ability to show their email addresses if they so desire. If you have any suggestions, comments, or if you'd like to see a set composition added, please email [email protected].

What exactly is a Full Head? 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 Standing Liberty quarters.

The Expert's Corner

Standing Liberty Quarters
Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful United States coins ever minted, the Standing Liberty quarter had a very controversial beginning.
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Collector's Survey

Several weeks ago we asked our readers to choose the most beautiful commemorative coin and the Oregon Trail won in a landslide. This week we'd love to hear from you regarding the most beautiful of the 20th century regular issue non-gold coins.

  1. The Buffalo nickel. The magnificent Indian portrait paired with the noble bison.
  2. The Mercury dime. That's Mrs. Wallace Stevens on the obverse representing Winged Liberty. No wonder we call it the "Mercury" dime instead!
  3. The "type one" Standing Liberty quarter. Controversial, yes, but definitely a strong contender in this contest.
  4. The Walking Liberty half dollar. Was A. A. Weinman a genius of design, or what?
  5. The 1921 Peace dollar. A sharply struck gem with the "High Relief" details...magnificent!

Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next eCollector.

Results from last survey: 29% answered that the number one gold Commemorative set in the set registry would be the most desirable gold commemorative(s) to own. Click here for a complete breakdown.

Search for your favorite PCGS Authorized Dealer by specialty. Building a gold commemorative set? Go to the Authorized Dealer link on PCGS and click on Commemoratives in specialties. Looking for dealers with internet sites? Click on the Internet sites link in services. Search for more than a 1,000 dealers in the PCGS Authorized Dealer listings.

This week's Featured Dealer is the Alpine Numismatics. Alpine offers an alternative way to sell your coins, a consignment program with very low commission rates. In addition, Alpine's website lists a large selection of U.S. coins which can be ordered by email or telephone.

Our Readers Ask

Question: What is a "store card"? I've seen this term but can't learn what it means.

Answer: This term generally refers to a metallic token, such as a Civil War token or a Hard Times token, bearing the name of a specific merchant, store, tradesman, or business. Thus, an 1844 copper cent-sized token bearing the name of J. Cochran, bellfounder, of Batavia, New York, is considered to be a store card. Somewhat related are "patriotic" and "political" tokens, usually with motifs relating to political figures, issues, or sentiments.
--Q. David Bowers, Bowers and Merena

Do you have a question you would like to ask our experts? Click here. Or, visit the PCGS messageboards, the most active coin forums online.



The Tree Many Feathers Collection offered by Bowers and Merena Galleries has been rescheduled for November 28th in Baltimore, Maryland just prior to the Suburban Washington/Baltimore Coin Convention and the sale of the Collections of Phillip Flannagan, scheduled to commence on November 29th. Lot viewing for both sales will begin on Tuesday, November 27th at the Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel. In addition, the lots from the Tree Many Feathers sale will be on display at the Long Beach Convention at the Bowers and Merena bourse table to make it easier for interested bidders to view. The auction is available again online. Click here to bid.


Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition
Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, CA
October 3 - 6, 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.

    Have your coins graded by PCGS and save on one-way postage! You may submit your coins at the show to all PCGS grading service levels. Submissions will be accepted from Wednesday, October 3*, through 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 6. Your PCGS-graded coins will be mailed to you following the show.

    *Wednesday, October 3 is Dealer Set Up Day. We'll be accepting submissions from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on October 3. Check with the show promoter for access to the facility.

    Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition Show Hours are as follows:

    Dealer schedule
    Public schedule
    Wedneday 10/3 (Set up)
    2 pm - 7 pm
    Thurday 10/4
    8 am - 7 pm
    10 am - 6:30 pm
    Friday 10/5
    9 am - 7 pm
    10 am - 6:30 pm
    Saturday 10/6
    9 am - 6:30 pm
    10 am - 6:30 pm

    For more information about PCGS grading at the show, call 800-447-8848.

    For more information about the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition, call 805-962-9939 or go to

    at the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo

    Find out more about Collectors Universe, the parent company of PCGS, Bowers and Merena, and Lyn Knight Currency Auctions! An investment information meeting will be held at the show at the Long Beach Convention Center.

    The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m. Room 102A.

    For more information about the meeting, call 949-567-1353.

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