January 6, 2010 | Vol. 10 Number 1
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Collectors Club Price Guide NEW PCGS CoinFacts Services Set RegistrySM
2010 Offers Great Opportunities in the Coin Market
By Don Willis

Welcome to 2010 and a new year of collecting! It always amazes me how when January 1 rolls around there is such a universal feeling of a new beginning and a fresh start in the coin market.

We begin the year with the FUN show which typically features several auctions bringing $50 million or more in coins to the market. This year's Heritage auction offers several rarities including the Olsen 1913 nickel (also known as the Hawaii Five-O coin). FUN offers a huge bourse area with hundreds of dealers set up and thousands of collectors attending with fresh want lists and revitalized plans to pursue their collecting interests.

It's funny because even though December can be a busy month, dealers also seem to be recharged and more actively buying and selling at the start of the new year. I guess the right word to describe the New Year in numismatics is optimism. It's as good a time as any to find that coin you've been looking for or to sell those you've decided to part with. Good luck!

From everyone at PCGS we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2010! As always, please let us know how you are enjoying the PCGS eCollector.
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1913 Liberty Nickel Article & Million Dollar
Coin Club

By Mike Sherman

On Thursday, January 7, the numismatic community will be treated to an auspicious occasion when another member of the Million Dollar Coin Club goes on the block. Heritage Numismatic Auctions, as part of its 2010 FUN Signature Sale, will be offering the Olsen Specimen of the 1913 Liberty Nickel.

While considered the second-finest known of five pieces, the Olsen coin is probably the best known and most famous of all the 1913 Liberty Nickels. Consider for a moment its storied history:
   •   It was the first of the 1913 Liberty Nickels to be offered at public auction.
   •   It was the only one owned by famous promoter B. Max Mehl, who was largely responsible for making this coin among the most widely recognized in the world.
   •   Egypt's King Farouk once owned it.
   •   It was the first coin to break the $100,000 barrier when it was sold in 1972.
   •   It appeared on the popular television series Hawaii Five-O, where it was featured in an episode that was largely devoted to the coin entitled "The $100,000 Nickel."
   •   Other past owners include Fred Olsen, Edwin Hydeman, Dr. Jerry Buss, Reed Hawn, Bruce Morelan and a number of dealers including James, Kelly, World Wide Coin Investments, Bowers and Ruddy Galleries, Robert L. Hughes, Superior Galleries, Spectrum Numismatics, Legend Numismatics and Blanchard and Co. Read More...

1899-0 $10 Liberty Head Eagle on PCGSCoinFacts.com

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

David Hall: The incredible MS68 Eliasberg coin was from the John Clapp collection. John Clapp purchased many of his coins directly from the Mint in the year of issue. The quality of the Clapp coins is off the charts. But the interesting thing about Clapp is that he looked at coins the way we do today at a time when virtually no one was as quality conscious as we are today. The Clapp coins are enough to make one believe in time travel.

Gordon Wrubel and I purchased the Clapp-Eliasberg MS68 1899-O $10 in the Eliasberg sale for $24,000. Read More...
David Bowers examines changes he has seen since his first coin show in 1955.
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America the Beautiful Quarters
Released in 2010

By Jaime Hernandez

In 1999, the U.S. Mint introduced the very successful State Quarters Program. Then in 2009, it introduced the 2009 District of Columbia and the five U.S Territory quarter designs. This year, the Mint will launch the new "America the Beautiful" Washington Quarters.

Beginning this year, the Mint will continue with the Washington Quarter obverse design. On the reverse of the coin it will depict important National Parks and release the quarters into circulation in the order in which the Parks were established.

Five different America the Beautiful Quarter designs will be released each year beginning in 2010. The program will continue until all chosen 56 National Park designs have been struck and released into circulation. The landing page lists the National Parks that were chosen and the year in which they will enter circulation. Read More...

Upcoming PCGS Show Info:

Submit your coins directly to PCGS at the following shows:

•   Long Beach Expo – Long Beach, CA
        February 4-6, 2010
        www.longbeachexpo.com

•   Members Only Show – Las Vegas, NV
        February 17-20, 2010
        www.pcgs.com

•   Baltimore Expo – Baltimore, MD
        March 4-7, 2010
        www.whitmanexpo.com

•   ANA National Money Show – Fort Worth, TX
        March 25-27, 2010
        www.money.org
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