eCollector - Sept. 24, 2002 | Vol. 3 Number 20 


Market Report

It's Long Beach Week Once Again! Rare Coin Market is on F-I-R-E!
Long Beach week means auctions and action. Buffalo nickels stampede to new record highs in highly successful Bowers & Merena "Rarities Sale." Many other areas showing strength as market races on. Kingswood "Kearsarge" sale closes October 3. Click here to read more.

Set Registry Spotlight

1986 Statue of Liberty Modern Commemoratives

  • Gibbs Collection - Tied for The Number One Finest Set of All Time
  • Wayne Herndon - Tied for The Number One Finest Set of All Time
    This six-coin commemorative specialty set contains Circulation Strike and Proof half dollars, dollars, and $5 gold pieces. The Gibbs and Herndon sets have all coins in high grades, both with a set rating of 69.17... pretty darn close to perfect. With this country's resurgence in patriotism, this great little set is a good place to start.

    If you plan to attend this week's Long Beach Coin Show, please be sure to stop by the PCGS Booth (#807) and say "Hi" to Carol Bennett, Gayle Kean, and BJ Searls, who will be there hosting the Indian Cent Showdown. The top three Indian Cent sets from the Set Registry will be displayed: the Stewart Blay Collection, the Ally Collection, and the Richard Collection. Don't miss this opportunity to see these three incredible sets displayed together!

    New to the Set Registry are Proof sets 1950-1959. Weighting previews of $2-1/2 and $5 Gold Indians Circulation Strikes and Proofs are currently on the Set Registry News page. Coming up soon are the $10 Gold Indians and the $20 Saint Gaudens weighting. 1960-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 Statue of Liberty or other modern commem 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 1,000 dealers in the PCGS Authorized Dealer listings.

    The Expert's Corner

    1986 Statue of Liberty Half Dollars (Immigrant Half Dollars)
    The Statue of Liberty, perhaps America's most visible symbol of freedom, was dedicated in 1886. One hundred years later, to help finance repairs to the statue, Congress authorized the production and sale of commemorative half dollars, silver dollars, and $5 gold pieces. The Statue of Liberty halves, sometimes called "Immigrant Half Dollars" due to the depiction of Liberty welcoming immigrants on their reverses, are often considered the most beautiful of modern commemoratives. This thorough history by Q. David Bowers recounts the history of these inspiring coins. Click here to read more.

    Collector's Survey
    There have been many wonderful commemorative issues from the U.S. Mint, such as the Statue of Liberty coins that are featured this week. There have also been some areas that have either been ignored or could be explored to a far greater extent. Here are five proposals for new issues. Which one do you like the best? Note: The 9/11 commemoratives were left off of the list because they are almost certain to happen.

    1. The Civil War. Yes, we've had Antietam and Gettysburg and a few other great coins, but it's time for Shiloh, Vicksburg, Appomattox and more.
    2. A Century of Flight. Next year will be the 100th anniversary of Wilbur and Orville at Kitty Hawk. Commemorative coins could celebrate everything from the first days to the DC-3 to the space shuttle.
    3. Baseball. What's more American than that? I want a coin with Babe Ruth on it and so does everyone else.
    4. War heroes. From Paul Revere to Sergeant York to Audie Murphy, the bravest of the brave should be remembered on our coinage.
    5. Presidents. We have Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln. Now it's time for Millard Fillmore, James Buchanan and William Howard Taft.

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

    Results from last survey: 65% of respondents think that the current grading designations for Indian cents should be left the way they are. Click here for a complete breakdown.

    What's a commem? 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: Which modern series is toughest to grade?

    Answer: My answer is the Jefferson nickel. Because of the determination of the Full Step designation, this series is my choice for most difficult. My second place vote are the Ikes and Kennedy halves in the 1970s. Watch out for the scraping that always seems to happen on the reverses of these coins. They can be real traps. Make sure you turn these coins 90 degrees against the light to see the vertical scrapes that always seem to be present. A lot harder in 67 and higher than you would expect.

    For Proofs, my vote goes to the early '70s Washington quarters. These coins are so difficult to find in DCAM.

    -- Rick Montgomery, Professional Coin Grading Service

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    Kingswood's "Kearsarge Sale" Is Now Online!

    The Kingwood Coin Auctions Kearsarge Sale offers well over a thousand lots of choice, rare, and valuable United States coins plus some interesting paper money, all graded by PCGS and CGA. In a word, actually two words, each piece is interesting and valuable. Whether you've just begun as a participant in the world's greatest hobby, or whether you've been a participant ever since the first Kingswood event, the "Amherst Sale" back in 1990, you are welcome and invited to participate.

    Online bidding for the Kearsarge Sale is now underway. Click here to see what's being offered and to place your bids! The live auction will take place October 3, 2002.


    Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition
    Long Beach Convention Center
    Long Beach, CA
    September 25 - 29, 2002

    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.

    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, September 25*, through 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 28. Show Service coins will be returned to you at the show. All other PCGS-graded coins will be mailed to you following the show

    *Wednesday, September 25 is Dealer Set Up Day. We'll be accepting submissions from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. on September 25. Check with the show promoter for access to the facility.

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

    Dealer SchedulePublic Schedule
    Wed. 9/25 (Set up) 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
    Thur. 9/26 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.Thur. 9/26 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Fri. 9/27 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.Fri. 9/27 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Sat. 9/28 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.Sat. 9/28 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Sun. 9/29 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.Sun. 9/29 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    (PCGS will not be attending on Sunday but the show will be open)

    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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