eCollector - Oct. 8, 2002 | Vol. 3 Number 21 


Market Report

Market is Unchanged (as in Still Smoking!); New Silver Dollar Show is on October Docket
New Silver Dollar Show October 17-19. Long Beach show left numismatists hungry for more, more, more coins. PCGS Set Registry coins are still most active market area. Patterns are on the march. Kingswood "Kearsarge Sale" is active; gold issues strong. Click here to read more.

Set Registry Spotlight

Bruce Scher - The Number One Finest Mercury Dime Set
Only one coin remains before Bruce Scher will succeed in building the very best possible set of Proof Mercury dimes. All of his coins boast Proof 68 with the exception of the 1936 which is graded Proof 67. His 1938 is only one of 3 known graded Proof 68 by PCGS. A 2002 Award winner, we are confident that Bruce will do his best to hold that number one spot in 2003. But look out, Bruce! There are 9 other high quality sets right on your heels. Click here to view.

New to the Set Registry are Proof sets 1960-63. The Standing Liberty quarters and $2-1/2 Gold Indians have now been weighted. Next to be weighted are the $5 and $10 Gold Indians. 1964-present Proof sets and mint sets 1934-present are also in the queue. Visit the Set Registry News page for updates.

Fun, informative, and sometimes controversial, the PCGS Set Registry Messageboard remains the number one 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.

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 1,000 dealers in the PCGS Authorized Dealer listings.

News in Numismatics

Showdown Amazes Collectors as Indian Cents Garner Renewed Interest
The top three current finest sets of Indian cents in the PCGS Set Registry were displayed at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp and Collectibles Exposition on September 26-28th. Dealers and collectors were able to view the sets and closely examine individual coins to form their own opinions about how good these sets actually are. The final consensus? "Amazing!" Click here to read more.

Collector's Survey
Mercury dimes come from the era of classic design, when the Walking Liberty half dollar, Buffalo nickel, Standing Liberty quarter, $20 St. Gaudens and other magnificent motifs were part of everyday life. Which one of the "Top Five" from the early years of the 20th century is really the most beautiful? Sorry, but we had to leave out the great gold coins that would've undoubtedly garnered lots of support as the best.

  1. The Buffalo nickel! A fully struck Gem is gorgeous, and the Proofs are jaw-dropping beautiful. The Buffalo nickel stampedes the competition!
  2. The Mercury dime! Winged Liberty is inspired, and the reverse is filled with pre-World War One symbolism. A tremendous design in a tiny space!
  3. The Standing Liberty quarter! From the "scandalous" Type One with the bare Miss Liberty to the more conservative second type, this design says it all!
  4. The Walking Liberty half dollar! If this coin doesn't win I'm going to demand an investigation!
  5. The Peace dollar. Does this coin belong on the list? If you've ever seen a 1921 with a full strike and no marks then you know that it does!

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

Results from last survey: If the U.S. Mint were to issue new commemoratives, 29% of respondents would like to see designs commemorating a century of flight. Click here for a complete breakdown.

What's 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: Why didn't the Philadelphia Mint make a Proof strike version of the 1908 Coronet Head Half Eagle, even though they produced 421,874 business strikes?

Answer: I have checked Walter Breen and another source without finding an "official" explanation, such as the exact date that the Proofs were struck. There was reportedly one 1908 $5 Liberty Proof in the William Woodin collection that was displayed by the ANS in 1914. The probable explanation is that the Proofs were struck in 1908 after the production of the Indian design had begun.

-- Bruce Amspacher, Professional Coin Grading Service

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Or, visit the PCGS messageboards, the most active coin forums online.

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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.


The New Silver Dollar Show
America's Center
701 Convention Plz
St. Louis, MO 63101
October 16 - 19, 2002

Baltimore Coin & Currency Show
Baltimore Convention Center
1 W. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
November 7 - 10, 2002

Santa Clara Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo
Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
November 22 - 24, 2002

St. Louis and Baltimore Shows: PCGS will be accepting coins for on-site grading at both the St. Louis and Baltimore shows.

Take advantage of PCGS' 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.

    Santa Clara 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.

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

    For more information about any of these shows, contact as below:

    St. Louis Show: visit
    Baltimore Show: visit
    Santa Clara Show: call (805) 962-9939 or visit

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