|eCollector - April 9, 2003 | Vol. 4 Number 7|
Is the Coin Market Slower, Steady or Wondrous? It Depends on Who You Ask
Set Registry Spotlight
The Ohio Collector - The Number One Finest Standing Liberty Quarter Set, Circulation Strikes (1916-1930)
Beginning April 1st, PCGS began applying the Full Band designation to Roosevelt dimes. For a limited time, you can submit your Roosevelt dimes for a designation review at the special low fee of $5.00 per coin. But hurry! This special ends soon and your shipment must be postmarked by April 30, 2003. For more information, e-mail PCGS Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note that if you had a Roosevelt dime set listed in the Registry as of March 11, 2003, those coins are entitled to a free review.)
New set composites online include Early Mint Sets from 1923-1929, Charlotte Gold Set with Varieties (1838-1861), Dahlonega Gold Set with Varieties (1838-1861), Liberty Head $2 1/2 Gold Proof (1840-1858), Liberty Head $2 1/2 Gold Proof (1859-1907), Early $2 1/2 Gold Basic Set Circulation Strikes (1796-1839), Early $2 1/2 Gold with Varieties Circulation Strikes (1796-1839), Early $5 Gold Basic Set Circulation Strikes (1795-1838), Early $5 Gold with Varieties Circulation Strikes (1795-1838), and Early $5 Gold Proof (1820-1838). The weighting for Half Cents Basic Set Proof (1831-1857) and Half Cents with Varieties Proof (1831-1857) is now being previewed. The Charlotte Gold Basic Set (1838-1861) and Dahlonega Gold Basic Set (1838-1861) have been weighted. To learn more, visit the Set Registry News page for frequent updates.
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.
Another Numismatic Milestone: PCGS Celebrates 8 Millionth Coin
What are "striations?" Find out in Lingo, the PCGS dictionary of numismatic definitions. Click here for Lingo.
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Our Readers Ask
Question: I have a question. I have a PCGS 1882 MS-64PL Morgan and a 1879S MS-64PL Morgan. Yet the prooflike quality of the 79 is much more obvious than the 82. It's clear that the 82 isn't frosty really, but has more frosty luster than the 79 PL.
My question is, can you talk about how the graders look at PL on Morgans. Are different date/mints given a little more slack than others that are known for their exceptional strikes? I know from the ANA grading class that there are nuances that differ even within a series. Like the 1900s-1910s $10 versus the 1920s-1930s $10.
Answer: Most of the PCGS graders use the old reliable finger test. You hold your finger in front of the coin and mentally calculate how clear the reflection is and how many inches away your finger goes before the reflection fades, i.e. 2, 3, 5 inches, etc.
Over the years I have seen a lot of people misjudge PLs when the coin in question has those die striations that appear when the coin is tilted. Those striations give the coin a frosty look at various angles as opposed to a clear reflection. When doing the "finger test," be sure and tilt the coin to various angles so you don't miss possible striations. True PLs can't have those striations.
-- David Hall, Professional Coin Grading Service
Join the PCGS Collectors Club ...Enjoy the Benefits!
Oh, that magic Carson City mintmark! It brings back the history of the American West, the Comstock Lode and times when coins were made out of silver and gold. For the second quarter special of 2003 (April 1-June 30) Collectors Club members may submit one Carson City coin of any denomination for FREE grading and authentication by the PCGS experts. All you have to pay for is the postage. Each coin will be handled through the Regular Service, which takes 15 business days. This offer is available to Gold and Platinum level Collectors Club members only.
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Important Show Updates!
Chicago International Coin Fair
Central States Numismatic Society Convention
Chicago Coin Fair: Have your coins graded by PCGS and save on one-way postage! You may also submit your coins to all PCGS grading service levels. Your PCGS-graded coins will be mailed back to you.
Central States Numismatic Convention: PCGS will be offering walk through Service. You may also submit your coins to all PCGS grading service levels. Your PCGS-graded coins will be mailed back to you.
For more information regarding the Chicago International Coin Fair & Central States Show, call 414-421-3484.
Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition
MIDAMERICA Coin Expo
For more information regarding the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo, call 562-436-3636.