|eCollector - Sept. 24, 2002 | Vol. 3 Number 20|
It's Long Beach Week Once Again! Rare Coin Market is on F-I-R-E!
Set Registry Spotlight
1986 Statue of Liberty Modern Commemoratives
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 Expert's Corner
1986 Statue of Liberty Half Dollars (Immigrant Half Dollars)
What's a commem? Find out in Lingo, the PCGS dictionary of numismatic definitions. Click here for Lingo.
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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.
SEE PCGS IN LONG BEACH THIS WEEK!
Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition
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:
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 www.longbeachshow.com.