Market Report

$300 Gold Adds to the Excitement as Rare Coin Market Continues to "Percolate"
What's hot? How about just about everything! Dealers give mixed reviews to bullion sales but PCGS generic gold is selling the best since Y2K fears of 1999. Meanwhile, supplies of PCGS gold are low while prices soar. Three things are causing gold to spike upward. Check out the reasons. Kingswood "Gilmanton Sale" is now online. Click here to read more.

Set Registry Spotlight

Joshua II Collection - Mercury Dimes Circulation Strikes 1916-1945 - The Number One Finest Set of All Time
This set boasts all the key dates in the highest condition available -- 1916-D MS67FB, 1918-D MS66FB, 1918-S MS67FB, 1919-D MS66FB, and the 1920-S in MS67FB. Only four coins in the entire set have the grade of MS65FB. A total of 59 coins have zero populations higher. The 1930-S in MS67FB is the finest known. While the set is now the all time finest, it is not finished. The goal of this collector is to reach the lofty status of being rated at 67.0. To view this truly amazing set, click here.

The number of sets now being listed is 1,957 with new sets being added everyday. Click here to visit the home page of the PCGS Set Registry.

We are now in the process of weighting sets (or re-weighting sets as the case may be), removing varieties from Basic Sets, and adding Sets with Varieties. We will be posting these sets on the Set Registry News page for a week prior to actually making the changes. This will allow registrants time to submit feedback.

New Features! There are two new features available to registrants. You can now view all your sets and their current ratings in the Set Summary link which can be found in the administration area. Simply enter in your username and password. Also, if you are interested in how many sets are registered in each category, click on the Total Set Summary located on the Set Registry News page.

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. If you have any suggestions or comments please email [email protected].

Building a Mercury dimes set? Go to the Authorized Dealer link on PCGS and click on 20th Century Coins 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.

The Expert's Corner

Set Building -- The Best Strategy for Maximizing Fun and Long-Term Profits
Few hobbies can match rare coin collecting for long-term enjoyment and financial opportunity. Likewise, few approaches to collecting can match set building for making the most of these aspects of the hobby. Building a complete set is fun, educational, and a great investment. That's why selecting a great set is so important. The experts at David Hall Rare Coins have combined their knowledge and experience to present this detailed list of exciting sets to choose from, complete with difficulty ratings, population data, and price estimates. Click here to read more.

Collector's Survey

Mercury dimes are one of the most popular of all collected series due to their highly attractive design and many other reasons. If you were collecting them on a budget, with thousands of dollars to spend but not hundreds of thousands, which way would you prefer to spend your money?

  1. A complete set, with the early dates and overdates in XF and the issues from 1934-45 in MS65FB.
  2. Forget about the early dates and build the 1934-45 "set" (also known as the "Long Short Set") in matched MS66FB with no overdates. Every coin a hand picked GEM!
  3. Put together the "Short Set" of 1941-45 (no overdates) with every coin being the finest graded or tied for the finest graded. MS67FB and MS68FB all the way!
  4. Full bands aren't that important, so how about an MS63 set from 1916-45 without full bands?
  5. Proofs! Every one of the Proof coins (1936-42) in the highest grade. Seven coins in PCGS Proof 68 and the top rung in the PCGS Set Registry!

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

Results from last survey: 48% would most like to own a complete set of Proof Buffalo and Jefferson nickels, with every coin being Deep Cameo and the finest graded. Click here for a complete breakdown.

What is a Mercury dime? 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 Mercury dimes.

Our Readers Ask

Question: What is the difference between mint error and mechanical doubling?

Answer: Mechanical doubling is the effect where the dies come together and may be loose, causing a "shimmy" effect. This shimmy effect causes the lettering or devices to have a shelflike appearance. This is the evidence of mechanical doubling. An actual doubled die will have distinct doubling whereby the letters or device have an actual second impression that occurred during the die making state, not during the striking of the coin.

-- Rick Montgomery, PCGS

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Join the PCGS Collectors Club ...Enjoy the Benefits!
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You Can Bid Now in Kingswood's Gilmanton Sale!

The Kingswood's Gilmanton Sale, offered by Bowers and Merena Galleries, includes something for every numismatic interest and taste, from the beginning collector to the advanced specialist. Early silver dollars attributed by die varieties, commemorative gold rarities, colonials, and other pieces should play to a wide audience. Among modern issues, there are some "ultra grade" gem commemoratives, bullion coins, and mint errors, the latter including some of the state quarters. And the old favorites -- Indian cents, Lincoln cents, Liberty seated coins, Barber silver, Morgan dollars, glittering gold, scarce commemoratives, patterns, currency, and more -- are showcased in Kingswood's most spectacular auction to date. Click here to bid.

To order a catalog for this auction, call 800-222-5993.

Lyn Knight's Currency Auction Has Something for Everyone

To be held in three amazing sessions during the Chicago Paper Money Expo, February 28 - March 3, the Lyn Knight Currency Auctions' winter sale is bound to satisfy paper money collectors in the United States and around the world. Session I features Lyn Knight's first world paper money auction with over 1,140 lots of some of the best world bank notes ever sold at auction. To bid on lots in Session I, click here.

To bid in Session II, which features hundreds of rare Small Size, Errors, Fractional, Confederate, Miscellaneous, Colonial Notes, and Continental Currency, click here.

Highlighting Session III is the unique Wyoming $5 National note. It is the only known surviving Territory of Wyoming bank note from the First National Bank of Douglas, Charter #3556, and only the second known serial number 1 "brown back" Wyoming territorial note. Session III also features a wide selection of Large Size currency and Nationals. Click here to bid now.

To order a calalog for this auction, call 888-469-2646 ext. 332 or ext. 229.

Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition
Long Beach Convention Center
100 S. Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA
February 20 - 23, 2002

Take advantage of PCGS' On-Site Show Service!
- Special Show Service -- $65 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, February 20*, through 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 23. Your PCGS-graded coins will be mailed to you following the show.

*Wednesday, February 20 is Dealer Set Up Day. We'll be accepting submissions from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on February 20. 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
*Wed. 2/20 (Set up) 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  
Thur. 2/21 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thur. 2/21 10 a.m. 6:30 p.m.
Fri. 2/22 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Fri. 2/22 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sat. 2/23 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Sat. 2/23 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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

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