eCollector - Oct. 7, 2003 | Vol. 4 Number 19 


 

"Everyone is Pumped Up" as Ultra-Strong Coin Market Rolls On
Price research on Jay Roe Collection shows that 64 all-time records were set at the September 14 sale. New edition of "California Pioneer Fractional Gold" is nearly sold out. Coins with great pedigrees bringing great prices. Falling gold prices have no negative effect on attitude and activity. Click here to read on.

Set Registry Spotlight

John Troy - The Number One Lincoln Cents Basic Set, Proof (1959-Present)
It is clear from the number of Lincoln sets registered that ABE is loved!!! John Troy, the 2003 Set Registry Awards winner in this category, displays a set that truly shows how much he loves Abe. Out of the 41 coins required for this set, an amazing 39 coins are "Top-Pops" (the finest graded) and three are the single finest graded! To make his set even harder to beat, 100% of his coins are Deep Cameo. Can he improve this set? Well, yes, but only by fractions! This Abe set is top-notch. Click here to enjoy.

The weights for the Early Half Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1794-1839); Early Half Dollars with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1794-1839); Liberty Seated Half Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1839-1891); Liberty Seated Half Dollars with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1839-1891); Liberty Seated Half Dollars, Proof (1839-1857); Liberty Seated Half Dollars, Proof (1858-1891); Liberty Seated Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1840-1873); Liberty Seated Dollars, Proof (1836-1857); and Liberty Seated Dollars, Proof (1858-1873) are currently being previewed. If you are a collector of these coins, please take a moment to review the proposed weights on the Set Registry News page.

Early Dimes with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1796-1837); Liberty Seated Dimes with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1837-1891); Early Quarters with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1796-1838); Seated Liberty Quarters with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1838-1891) have been weighted. The following new set compositions have been added to the Registry: Early Half Dimes Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1792-1837); Early Half Dimes with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1792-1837); Bust Half Dimes Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1829-1827); Bust Half Dimes with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1829-1837); Liberty Seated Half Dimes Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1837-1873); Liberty Seated Half Dimes with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1837-1873); Liberty Seated Half Dimes with Varieties & 1870-S, Circulation Strikes (1837-1873); Early Dimes Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1796-1837); Liberty Seated Dimes Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1837-1891); Liberty Seated Dimes with Varieties and 1876-CC No Arrows, Circulation Strikes (1837-1891); Early Quarters Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1796-1838); Early Quarters with Varieties and 1827 Proof, Circulation Strikes (1796-1838); Seated Liberty Quarters Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1838-1891); Liberty Seated Quarters, Proof (1841-1857); Liberty Seated Quarters, Proof (1858-1891); and Carson City Complete Set, Circulation Strikes (1870-1893). 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.

The PCGS Set RegistryTM is a work in progress. If you have any suggestions or comments please e-mail [email protected].

Building a Proof Lincoln cents set? Go to the Authorized Dealer link on PCGS and click on Modern 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.

Expert's Corner

Tips on Organizing Your Collection
This article is about getting organized! Making a list keeps you from buying duplicates and can be a big help for insurance. What to look for on the coins you already own. Send in that want list! This... and more! Click here to read more.

Collector's Survey

The recent success of the Jay Roe collection auction shows that die varieties are hot once again. If you had unlimited funds (YES!) which one of these sets would you like to build?

  1. Cal Gold! Let's join the fun and build a complete set by BG [Breen-Gillio] number.
  2. Morgan Dollars! One of every VAM variety in the finest possible condition.
  3. Bust Half Dollars! The complete set of Overton varieties will make a showstopping display forever.
  4. Large Cents! Every Sheldon variety, including the Chain cents and everything? Why not!
  5. Massachusetts Silver! Every Pine Tree, every Oak Tree, every Willow Tree and more.

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

Results from last survey: 42% would like to see a better "Red Book," with fewer errors and updated prices, made available. Click here for a complete breakdown.


What is the numismatic meaning of "haze?" Find out in Lingo, the PCGS dictionary of numismatic definitions. Click here for Lingo.

Subscribe to the online PCGS Population ReportSM 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 Lincoln cents.


Our Readers Ask

Question: The market seems to be turning sour on Modern coins. My read on it is that the hot areas are still high grade classics, as well as key date coins, but the market for clads, and common 20th century coins and even some pop-tops has cooled off significantly. What are your thoughts?

Answer: I have not seen a slacking of demand for modern coins. There still seems to be a great number of people collecting and putting sets together. What I think is happening is that 20th Century prices have gone up so much that some buyers are looking at the relative value of the 19th century stuff. The 19th century coins are rare enough that a small increase in demand can heat that market up pretty fast. I like the potential of all high grade U.S. coins now... 1652 to 2003. The market just looks very healthy to me.

-- David Hall, Professional Coin Grading Service

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Announcements

Quarterly Collectors Club Grading Special
One hundred is your lucky number for the fourth quarter of 2003! Collectors Club members can send in any coin that celebrates the 100th anniversary of something for free certification by PCGS. This offer is good from October 1 through December 31, 2003. All you have to pay for is the postage. What coins qualify? The Alabama commem, the Arkansas commem (to name a couple of the many commems) and even the 1909 Lincoln cent (the 100th anniversary of Honest Abe's birth). Each coin (you're limited to one, of course) will be graded and authenticated through the Regular Service, which takes 15 business days. This offer is for Gold and Platinum Members only.

Important Show Updates!

The New Silver Dollar Show

Location:
America's Center
701 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101
October 15-18, 2003

Show Info:
For more information on The New Silver Dollar Show, call 813-684-3854.

For more information on PCGS's list of services please contact customer service at 800-447-8848.

PCGS will be offering on-site grading. Representatives will be available to answer questions and accept submissions for all levels of service through Saturday.

Fees for on-site Show service are:

  • $65 per coin (5 coins minimum per order) for coins valued $1500 or less.
  • $100 per coin for coins valued over $1500.

Show Service turnaround is not guaranteed. Check with a PCGS Representative for daily turnaround times.

Show Schedule:
Thu. 10/16 - 10am - 6pm
Fri. 10/17 - 10am - 6pm
Sat. 10/18 - 10am - 6pm



Santa Clara Coin, Stamp, and Collectibles Expo

Location:
Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
November 21-23, 2003

Show Info:
For more information on the Santa Clara Expo, call 805-962-9939 or visit www.santaclaraexpo.com.

For more information on PCGS's list of services please contact customer service at 800-447-8848.

PCGS will have representatives available to answer questions and accept submissions for all levels of service through Saturday.

On-site grading and/or courier service will not be offered at this show.

PCGS will not attend the show on Sunday.

Show Schedule:
Fri. 11/21 - 10am - 7pm
Sat. 11/22 - 10am - 7pm
Sun. 11/23 - 10am - 3pm



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