|eCollector - Dec. 3, 2002 | Vol. 3 Number 25|
Market Sparkles as 2003 Nears; PCGS Set Registry Coins, Peace Dollars, DMPL Morgans Among the Leaders
Set Registry Spotlight
Andrea Lijoi Collection - The Number One Finest Olympics Modern Commemoratives, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1995-1996)
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! You are invited to a PCGS Set Registry Reception. If you are a Set Registry participant, you will soon receive an e-mail invitation to a reception being held Friday, January 10th at the FUN Show in Orlando, Florida. Shake hands with David Hall and learn how the Set Registry concept came about. Also meet Set Registry Manager, BJ Searls, Collectors Club Manager, Carol Bennett, and many other fine PCGS employees. We look forward to the opportunity to thank you for your participation in the Set Registry program.
Check out the weighting preview on the Set Registry News page for the following sets: Four Dollar Gold, Three Cent Nickels, Liberty Nickels, Two Cent Pieces, Shield Nickels, and Three Cent Silvers. If your expertise is in one of those categories, send us your feedback if you feel a weight for a particular coin should be changed. You'll also find the weighting queue 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.
Modern Commemoratives: The New Hot Market
What's a Commemorative? 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 Modern Commemoratives.
Our Readers Ask
Question: I have seen a few PCGS coins listed with the Cherry Picker number. Does PCGS plan to do this for a larger range of known varieties (FS, Breen, Cohen, Overton, etc.)?
Answer: The variety question is complex. It's pretty obvious to us that many of our customers and many Set Registry participants want us to recognize more varieties and include more varieties in the Set Registry.
The concept I struggle with is that there are varieties and then there are varieties, if you know what I mean. Some varieties take a lot of imagination to see. I remember the Heritage auction when Tom McCarroll bought the MS65 1914/3 Buffalo nickel for pretty big money and stated that he thought it was a "concept" coin. This particular variety is one I still don't understand. I look and look and look and I still can't see it. But the numismatic community recognizes it and so we do.
We will be reviewing the entire variety concept and we will send all of our Registry participants, authorized dealers, and Collectors Club members a survey inviting their input on what the PCGS "variety recognition policy" should be.
In the old days, the "discovery" and subsequent Red Book inclusion of a new variety was big news. Now some of the newly listed varieties seem to be confusing. We'll check it out and give you a forum (survey, etc.) to help us do what makes the most sense in terms of variety recognition.
-- David Hall, Professional Coin Grading Service
Join the PCGS Collectors Club ...Enjoy the Benefits!
Do you collect Indian coins? Well, so does almost everyone else! Indian cents, Indian gold, or the Indian Head nickels of the past (or the Indian Head dollars of the recent, recent past). For the fall 2002 quarter (October 1 - December 31) Gold or Platinum Collectors Club members can have one of any Indian Head coin certified by PCGS for free. Your only cost is the postage. These special Collectors Club coins will be graded through the Regular Service and will be returned to you in approximately three weeks.
SEE PCGS IN JANUARY!
New York International Numismatic Show
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.