eCollector - January 15, 2007 | Vol. 7 Number 1 


 


News

PCGS Expands Variety Attribution Service
PCGS is now ready to offer variety attribution for more classic series. Click here to read more.


PCGS Set Registry SM Spotlight

Kallenberg - Proof Half Dollar Run
At the time of the awards deadline last year, Parke Kallenberg's Liberty Seated Half Dollars, Proof (1858-1891) set was in the #2 slot, just below the Stokely Collection which took top honors. Since then, the Stokely set has been retired and the Kallenberg Collection now sits in the #1 Current Finest with a rating of 64.74. Parke did, however, win the "Best of the Registry" award in 2006 for his high grade Barber Half Dollars, Proof (1892-1915) set. At the time, his set rating was 66.59. Six months later, his set rating is 66.69, a testament to his quest to achieve the very best. Moving on down the list, we discover Parke's Walking Liberty Half Dollars, Proof (1936-1942) set sitting in third place which is not too shabby since there are 31 other sets competing. Then there's the Franklin Half Dollars Basic Set, Proof (1950-1963) set, another third place candidate. Finally, we hit upon the Kallenberg set of Kennedy Half Dollars, Proof (1964-Present), which has won the gold award for Best Modern Set two years running. Do you see a pattern here? Congratulations to Parke Kallenberg, who may be on his way to building one of the finest runs of proof half dollars we have ever seen.

V2 Hot Tip
Did know you can track your inventory cost and source in V2? Login to the My Set Registry. Go to My Inventory. Click View Coin by an inventory item. Click the Edit link in the first box. Type in your Cost and Source and click Update. Voila! It's a convenient way to keep records of your entire portfolio.

Current Standings in the Half Dollar category as of 1/9/07:
Early Half Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1794-1839) - Dale Friend
Early Half Dollars with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1794-1839) - Dale Friend
Flowing Hair and Draped Bust Half Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1794-1807) - Nysoto Collection
Flowing Hair and Draped Bust Half Dollars with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1794-1807) - Nysoto Collection
Capped Bust Half Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1807-1839) - Dale Friend
Capped Bust Half Dollars with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1807-1839) - The Eagle Harbor Collection
Capped Bust Half Dollars Basic Set without Reeded Edges, Circulation Strikes (1807-1836) - JSS Capped Bust Set
Capped Bust Half Dollars Variety Set without Reeded Edges, Circulation Strikes (1807-1836) - Eastern Woods II
Liberty Seated Half Dollars Date Set, Circulation Strikes (1839-1891) - WBDVII
Liberty Seated Half Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1839-1891) - Southcounty Collection
Liberty Seated Half Dollars with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1839-1891) - WBDVII - Seated Liberty Half Dollars
Liberty Seated Half Dollars, Proof (1839-1857) - Kallenberg Collection
Liberty Seated Half Dollars, Proof (1858-1891) - Kallenberg Collection
Barber Half Dollars Date Set, Circulation Strikes (1892-1915) - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollars
Barber Half Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1892-1915) - Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection
Barber Half Dollars with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1892-1915) - Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection
Barber Half Dollars, Proof (1892-1915) - Kallenberg Barber Half Proof Set
Walking Liberty Half Dollars Date Set, Circulation Strikes (1916-1947) - The Cajun Collection
Walking Liberty Half Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1916-1947) - The Cajun Collection
Walking Liberty Half Dollars, Proof (1936-1942) - 2-way tie Charles Schultz Collection and Tom Mershon
Franklin Half Dollars Date Set, Circulation Strikes (1948-1963) - GRFN
Franklin Half Dollars FBL Date Set, Circulation Strikes (1948-1963) - GRFN
Franklin Half Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1948-1963) - GRFN Franklin
Franklin Half Dollars FBL, Circulation Strikes (1948-1963) - GRFN
Franklin Half Dollars Basic Set, Proof (1950-1963) - EBL III Collection
Franklin Half Dollars with Varieties, Proof (1950-1963) - EBL III Collection
Kennedy Half Dollars Date Set, Circulation Strikes (1964-Present) - Caleb Clough's Collection (Date)
Kennedy Half Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1964-Present) - Caleb Clough's Collection (basic)
Kennedy Half Dollars with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1964-Present) - Caleb Clough's Collection (Varieties)
Kennedy Half Dollars, Proof (1964-Present) - Kallenberg Proof Kennedy Set
Kennedy Half Dollars Complete Set (1964-Present) - P D Shad's Complete JFK Collection
United States Half Dollars Date Set, Circulation Strikes (1794-Present) - Martin's Collection
Walking Liberty Half Dollars Late Date Set, Circulation Strikes (1933-1947) - Charles Schultz Collection
Walking Liberty Half Dollars Short Set, Circulation Strikes (1941-1947) - Charles Schultz Collection
Kennedy Half Dollars Silver Short Set, Circulation Strikes (1964-1970) - Caleb Clough's Collection (Short Set)
Kennedy Half Dollars Silver Short Set, Proof (1964-1970) - Kallenberg Proof Kennedy Short Set

We Need Writers
Many of the great set descriptions in the Registry were written by Bruce Amspacher, one of the foremost numismatic writers of our time, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Since then, many new set compositions have been added to the Registry. If you are working on a set that does not have a set description and would like to submit a brief set description, we would value your contribution! Here's an example of one of the great set descriptions Bruce wrote for the Barber Dimes Basic Set:

"The Barber dime series is one filled with legend and romance. There's the image of little Hallie Daggett skipping down the street in to spend one of her 1894-S dimes her father gave her on a dish of ice cream. There's the story of the national contest to find a new dime design, only to have the entrants dismissed as 'wretched failures.' There's the surprising rarity of the key dates, and how many key dates there have proved to be in MS65 or better.

The 1894-S is collected with the proofs as well as the mint state coins, but 99+% of the collectors ignore it completely, as its prohibitive rarity makes it too expensive to collect. Key dates in MS65 or better are the 1892-S, 1893-S 1894-O, 1895-O, 1897-S, 1899-O, and at least half a dozen other dates!

Email [email protected] if you would like to contribute.

Bookmark these important links!
To learn what new sets have been loaded and for current events, visit the Registry News page:
http://www.pcgs.com/new_set_registry/news.chtml

To update your email address:
http://www.pcgs.com/join/update.chtml

To visit the PCGS Set Registry message board:
http://forums.collectors.com/categories.cfm?catid=30


Building a Seated Liberty Half Dollar Set? Work with any of our PCGS Authorized Dealers at http://www.pcgs.com/dealer/index.chtml.

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

Collector's Survey

The U.S. Mint is a prolific producer of coins for collectors. How much do you spend on U.S. Mint products each year?

  1. Under $200
  2. $200-$499
  3. $500-$999
  4. $1000 and up

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

Results from last survey: 52% said that they attend 1-5 coin shows each year. Click here for a complete breakdown.


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Our Readers Ask

Question: What is a "struck-through" coin?

Answer: A "struck-through" coin is an error that occurs when grease or junk adheres to a die or planchet. The result can be a depressed area on the surface of a coin or a partial or complete obliteration of numerals or letters. A classic example of a "struck-through" error is the 1922 "Plain" Lincoln Cent, where the mintmark literally disappeared when foreign matter filled the die.

Do you have a question you would like to ask our experts? Click here.
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Join the PCGS Collectors Club... Enjoy the Benefits!
If you love collecting coins, the PCGS Collectors Club is for you. Members enjoy direct access to all PCGS grading services, complimentary PCGS gradings and a wealth of essential information. Joining is quick and easy. Just click here or call PCGS Customer Service at 800-447-8848. Do it today!

Announcements

Quarterly Collectors Club Grading Special
Roman Numerals. For this Special, we're looking for coins that would have made Julius Caesar feel right at home had they been around -- U.S. coins that bear Roman Numerals:

  • Three Cent Nickel 1865-1889, Roman numeral III on the reverse
  • Liberty Head Nickel 1883-1913, with the famous Roman numeral V on the back
  • 1907 St. Gaudens "High Relief" $20, the only coin of the type with a Roman numeral date.

This offer is valid for all Collectors Club members.

Current Approximate
Turnaround Times
as of 1/15/2007:

Economy: 30 business days.
Modern: 20 business days.
World Economy: 50 business days.


CCE Collector's Corner
Current listings: 25,032 items, valued at $21,777,487

CCE Collector's Corner is a marketplace for buying slabbed and unslabbed coins. To learn more, click here.

CCE will be attending these coin shows in 2007:
Jan. 26-28: The Money Show, Houston, TX
Feb. 15-17: Long Beach Show, Long Beach, CA

Important Show Updates!

PCGS Public Friday

Location:
Collectors Universe
1921 E. Alton Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

January 19, 2007

Show Info:
For more information on PCGS Public Friday, visit www.pcgs.com.

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

PCGS representatives will be available to answer all your questions and accept submissions for all levels of service.

Public Hours:
10am - 4pm



The Money Show Of the Southwest

Location:
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX 77010

January 26 - 28, 2007

Show Info:
For more information regarding The Money Show Of the Southwest show, click here.

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 will be offered.

Show Service turnaround is not guaranteed.




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