eCollector - Apr. 7, 2004 | Vol. 5 Number 6 


 


PCGS News

PCGS Signs Jessica Lynch for Autographed Coin Project
The Professional Coin Grading Service Autographed Coin Program now includes Iraqi War hero and former prisoner of war, Jessica Lynch. Lynch will put her signature on as many as 100,000 PCGS encapsulation label inserts. Click here for more details.


Set Registry Spotlight

EGB Collection - The Number One Canadian Sovereigns, Circulation Strikes (1909-1919) Set
We'd be remiss not to highlight some of the fantastic sets in the Canadian and British Registries. In this issue of the PCGS eCollector, we are taking the opportunity to spotlight a great little Canadian Gold Sovereign set. This set is 100% complete and has surpassed the well-known Belzberg Collection. Three of the coins are "Pop-Tops" (the finest graded) and every coin is imaged for your viewing pleasure! Click here to enjoy.

10,000 Set Drawing Winner!
Congratulations to Set Registry member Stuart Goldstein and his wife, Debbie, of Houston, Texas, who won the 10,000 set drawing and will be flying to Las Vegas to the PCGS Invitational, April 12-13th, compliments of PCGS! Stuart will be joining other members for a two-hour grading seminar presented by David Hall. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

The following 2004-dated coins have been added to the following sets
as optional and will be required at the end of the year:
  • Jefferson Nickels
  • Roosevelt Dimes

All 2004-dated coins have been added to the Modern Type Sets for points.

Work has begun on the new Type Sets. Look for new sets in the Registry in coming days.

Visit the Set Registry News page for frequent updates on these additions and other news.

Fun, educational, and sometimes controversial, the PCGS Set RegistryTM 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 Canadian Sovereigns set? Go to the Authorized Dealer link on PCGS.com and click on World 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.

From the PCGS Archives

Detecting Doctored Coins
From PCGS's Official Guide to Coin Grading and Counterfeit Detection comes this informative piece that serves as your introduction to the shady world of coin doctoring -- the practice of altering a coin to make it appear better and more valuable than it really is. Read this article to familiarize yourself with coin doctors' methods, and to learn how to steer clear of their damaged goods. Click here to continue.


What is a "spark-erosion die?"
Find out in Lingo, the PCGS dictionary of numismatic definitions. Click here for Lingo.

Collector's Survey

Many people consider the first part of the 20th century to have been the pinnacle of American coinage design. Which of these classic designs was your favorite?

  1. The Buffalo Nickel 1913 - 1938
  2. The Mercury Dime 1916 - 1945
  3. The Standing Libery Quarter 1916 - 1930
  4. The Walking Liberty Half 1916 - 1947
  5. The Peace Dollar 1921 - 1935

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

Results from last survey: 44% believe that the paper dollar would have to be eliminated before dollar coins could be successful in the U.S. Click here for a complete breakdown.


Subscribe to the online PCGS Population ReportSM for as little as $4.95 a month!
Get the latest census data on all coins graded by PCGS -- updated weekly! Click here to subscribe, or to get a free peek at the population statistics for California Gold 25C, click here.

Our Readers Ask

Question: What are some typical things that will bring the grade of Eisenhower dollars down? Do you have any pointers as to spotting a true gem?

Answer: Most circulation strikes have lots of marks on the face. Mark-free Gems are few and far between. look for coins with very few face marks.

-- David Hall, Professional Coin Grading Service

Do you have a question you would like to ask our experts? Click here.
Or, visit the PCGS messageboards, the most active coin forums online.


Join the PCGS Collectors Club... Enjoy the Benefits!
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Announcements

Quarterly Collectors Club Grading Special
Gone, but not forgotten... for the second quarter of 2004 (April 1 through June 30), PCGS Collectors Club members can send in one coin of any denomination that is no longer used (such as a two- or twenty-cent piece, or three-cent nickel) for free grading and authentication. Each coin will be graded and authenticated through the Regular Service, which takes 15 business days. All that you have to pay for is the postage. This offer is for Gold and Platinum Members only.

Important Show Updates!

The 65th Central States Numismatic Society Convention

Location:
Midwest Airline Center
400 West Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203

May 5-May 8, 2004

Show Info:
For more information regarding the 65th Central States Numismatic Society Convention, visit www.centralstates.info

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.

Show service turnaround is not guaranteed. Check with a PCGS representative for daily turnaround times.

Cut-off time for Show service is 12 noon on Saturday and is subject to change.

Show Schedule:
Fri. 5/6 - 10am - 7:00pm
Sat. 5/7 - 10am - 6:00pm
Sun. 5/8 - 10am - 2:00pm



The Long Beach Coin, Stamp, and Collectibles Expo

Location:
Long Beach Convention Center
100 S. Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802

June 3-June 5, 2004

Show Info:
For more information regarding the Long Beach Expo, visit www.longbeachexpo.com.

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.

Show service turnaround is not guaranteed. Check with a PCGS representative for daily turnaround times.

Cut-off time for Show service is 12 noon on Saturday and is subject to change.

Show Schedule:
Thu. 6/3 - 10am - 6:30pm
Fri. 6/4 - 10am - 6:30pm
Sat. 6/5 - 10am - 6:30pm
Show is now closed on Sundays.




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