December 9, 2008 | Vol. 8 Number 16
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December a Special Month at PCGS!
By Jaime Hernandez, eCollector Editor

We hope each and every one of you enjoyed a great Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends. Now that we're back to our daily routines, all of us at PCGS would like to thank you for your continued support. We hope you're enjoying the new and improved eCollector.

This issue features a great article on Stewart Blay, one of the most charismatic and passionate collectors of this era. We're also announcing our new CoinFacts Wiki – read the article and view Ron Guth's video to find out more about this exciting new innovation. December Collectors Club Specials continue for both PCGS and PCGS Currency.
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Stewart Blay – A Passion for Quality
By BJ Searls

"Colorful." "Passionate." "Energetic." These are just a few words to describe collector Stewart Blay. Nearly 20 years, ago Stewart emerged on the coin show circuit and has made many friends along the way, both collectors and dealers alike. "I enjoy the camaraderie in the numismatic community," Stewart told us.

You can find Stewart at most major shows and if you spend just a few minutes with him, you are bound to hear a coin-related story. Stewart has an enthusiasm for coin collecting that is unmatched and this passion has resulted in the finest collection of copper cents ever assembled. Sponsored by the PCGS Set RegistrySM, Stewart's presentation of his Red Copper Collection at the ANA show earlier this year caused quite a stir among the collectors in attendance.

Blay first began collecting when he was eight years old. "I had a neighbor whose uncle worked for the transit authority. He used to bring home change and we'd sort through it. I started with Lincoln pennies and began to fill up an old Whitman folder," he said. Later, Stewart traveled to work with his father, a Brooklyn lawyer, who would bring rolls of coins to work and let his son sort out the best coins. Blay's collection expanded to include Jefferson nickels, Mercury dimes and Washington quarters. However, by the time he reached high school his interest had changed. He stopped collecting to pursue sports and girls.

After high school, Stewart attended the Parsons School of Design in New York City. Spending the summers in Italy and working at the Art Students League in the fall in New York, he began to develop his career as an artist specializing in contemporary sculpture. Today he works in Italy, Colorado and Indiana, as well as his home city of New York. His sculptures are in private collections across the country. As an interesting sideline, he also studied acting with Lee Strasberg and did stunt work for television, appearing in commercials and soap operas.

Read More...
Ron Guth Discusses PCGS's New
CoinFacts Wiki.

Watch Video!
PCGS Launches CoinFacts Wiki!

Professional Coin Grading Service introduces CoinFacts Wiki, a public encyclopedia of U.S. and World coins located at www.CoinFactsWiki.com.

The "wiki" concept allows users to create and edit virtually all pages on the website, subject to oversight by system administrators. This capability allows large volumes of up-to-date information and images to be added to the website in a short period of time, creating a massive database of information that is useful to buyers, sellers, researchers and anyone else interested in numismatics.

The CoinFacts Wiki uses the familiar look, feel and format of Wikipedia, the renowned free online encyclopedia used by millions. The rules for use are also similar. The site will be monitored, but coin enthusiasts are free to edit and add to articles at any time. The site also includes a comprehensive list of FAQs to help the user get started. The CoinFacts Wiki allows data entry for all U.S. and World coins, including everything from generic type coins to individual die varieties. It's free, fun, intuitive, easy to use and ready for input.

Click here here to read the complete story.
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