August 31, 2010 | Vol. 10 Number 17
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Collectors Club Price Guide PCGS CoinFacts Services Set RegistrySM
PCGS CoinFacts Continues Impressive Growth
By Don Willis

We have launched into our second year of PCGS CoinFacts™. The progress we have made is incredible with thousands of photographs and loads of information on every U.S. coin. We are well ahead of our projected number of subscribers as all types of numismatists, from the inexperienced to the expert collector, modern and classic, and dealers too, are signing up every day to take advantage of this great resource. The feedback we have received is very encouraging and it's quite satisfying to realize how much many of you appreciate this effort.

Recently we introduced a special offer for anyone who has a Condition Census coin of any series. You can read about the details here but at a high level it's a way for you to have a photograph of your coin included in the top 10 coins listed in PCGS CoinFacts. And the best part is, there is no incremental cost to you. Check it out and if you're interested don't hesitate as the competition to get coins listed will be fierce!

As always, please let us know how you are enjoying the PCGS eCollector.
eCollector Subscribers: WIN a Free Coin!
(For eCollector Subscribers only)

In each issue of eCollector, we randomly draw a name from our subscribers.

The winner in this issue will receive a BU Kennedy Half Dollar in a special PCGS holder indicating eCollector issue #49. Check the next issue to see if you won. Good luck!

Last week's winner of the 2009-P Mint State Kennedy Half Dollar was Stacey Boyce from Calgary, Canada. Congratulations Stacey!

View list of all past winners.

Offer good while supplies last, and may be altered or cancelled by PCGS at any time.

How I Got Started in Coin Collecting - Reader Replies
By Mike Sherman

We previously posted a story by David Hall describing how his numismatic ventures began. In this issue, Mike Sherman shares about how his life-long numismatic experience began along with other stories from our readers about how they got started in the numismatic hobby.

For years, a favorite topic among fellow collectors is whether or not there is a "collecting gene." Read More...

PCGS.com - What's New on PCGS.com
By Don Willis

We make every effort to keep our website dynamic and alive with activity. If you are someone who visits our site regularly you will see a constant flow of information both textual and in video! As we can, entire new categories of information will be added to the site. We just launched a new category in a section called PCGS Books Online. I think this is one of the most exciting developments that we've had in some time!

I love books on numismatic topics. Learning about various coin issues or the famous collectors who pursued them is one of the best parts of our great hobby. Read More...

1964 50C Accented Hair (Proof) PCGS # 6801

Since the launch of PCGS CoinFacts™, we have been hard at work updating and expanding the site's information. Here's another recent example:

Ron Guth: The first Kennedy Half Dollars were made of 90% silver, as were all Dimes and Quarter Dollars produced in 1964. In 1965, the silver in the Half Dollars was reduced to 40% silver, while the Dimes and Quarter Dollars were made with outer layers of copper-nickel over an inner layer of pure copper. Read More...

2010 One Ounce Proof Platinum Coins -
Sold Out

By Jaime Hernandez

It didn't take much time for the 2010 One Ounce Proof Platinum coins to sell out. In the previous issue of eCollector we mentioned that the coins had just been made available by the U.S. Mint.

The 2010 One Ounce Proof Platinum coins originally went on sale on August 12, 2010. The maximum authorized mintage was set at 10,000 coins. The price of each coin was originally set at $1,892. Read More...
David Hall "calls home" from the PCGS Set RegistrySM Luncheon.
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Tips From the Grading Room
By Mike Sherman

Welcome to Tips from the Grading Room. This time, we'll shift gears a bit, and take a look at color on copper coins.

PCGS designates three color states for all copper coins: Red, Red and Brown, and Brown. Of course, copper coins come in an almost infinite variety of color shades, so the category of "red and brown" for instance, encompasses a wide range of colors ranging from just a bit of brown in color, to just a bit of red.

The following are detailed descriptions of each color state, followed by a look at some Lincoln Cents. Next time, we'll look at some Indian Cents.

Red (RD) is the designation that follows the numerical grade of MS/PR copper coins that are still in full mint bloom, with original color as struck and only slight diminishing of the luster or reflectivity is allowed. There must be at least 95 percent of the red color on both sides of the coins. Read More...

Submit Your Coins Directly to PCGS at These Upcoming Shows

Summer is winding down and there is no better time to have your coins graded by PCGS. Visit us for some fun in the sun in Las Vegas for the PCGS Members Only Show, September 9-11. For additional shows PCGS is attending in 2010, click here.
PCGS Members Only Show September 9-11, 2010 Las Vegas, NV
Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo September 23-25, 2010 Long Beach, CA
The Silver Dollar & Rare Coin Expo October 14-16, 2010 St. Charles, MO
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