March 30, 2010 | Vol. 10 Number 7
PCGS
Collectors Club Price Guide NEW PCGS CoinFacts Services Set RegistrySM
The BIG ONE is Revealed at ANA
By Jaime Hernandez, eCollector Editor

Last week at the ANA show in Ft. Worth, we announced the BIG ONE - PCGS Secure Plus™. Secure Plus is a new innovation that increases consumer protection by scanning coins and putting them in a permanent database, similar to fingerprinting. This enables us to better detect altered coins, and identify coins that come in through the grading process more than once. It also assists in the process of recovering lost or stolen PCGS Secure Plus-certified coins.

Second, it adds value with Plus grades for coins that are high-end for their assigned grade. This service will single out the nicest coins, so the most desirable coins within a certain grade can be recognized.

We have already incorporated the Plus Grade designation to our PCGS Population Report, Price Guide, PCGS CoinFacts, PCGS Set RegistrySM and on Collectors Corner, where dealers now have the ability to trade PCGS Secure Plus-graded coins sight unseen.

Many collectors and dealers are already using the new service to their advantage. Currently, we are accepting submissions for the PCGS Secure Plus service at the Express, Gold Express and Walkthrough service levels.

As always, please let us know how you are enjoying the PCGS eCollector.
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(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 1994-D Olympic Silver Dollar in a special PCGS holder indicating eCollector issue #38. Check the next issue to see if you won. Good luck!

Last week's winner of the 1993-S Bill of Rights Proof Half Dollar was Ralph Chad from Maple Shade, New Jersey. Congratulations, Ralph!


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PCGS Announces PCGS Secure Plus - Increased Consumer Protection. Plus Grades for Added Value.
By Donn Pearlman

Professional Coin Grading Service has launched PCGS Secure Plus™, a revolutionary new process with high-tech security and scrutiny to increase the confidence of collectors and dealers, and a new certification designation that can potentially increase the value of coins.

The PCGS Secure Plus process uses laser scanning to help detect coins that have been artificially enhanced since their last certification, combat "gradeflation" and excessive resubmissions of the same coins, and can also be used to help identify recovered stolen coins. Read More...

PCGS Addresses Eye Appeal with New Guidelines and Brochure
By Mike Sherman

Since the formal "science" of coin grading first began to be widely discussed in the 1980s, one of the most vague and least understood aspects was that of "eye appeal." Eye appeal (whose components include toning (or color) and luster, is one of the non-technical components of a coin's grade. It is the most subjective area, and because of that, is one of the most difficult to quantify or objectively analyze since what may be rather attractive to some, may be considerably less so to others. While not part of the "technical" grade, eye appeal is more an "arm's length" judgment on the overall visual impact the coin has on the typical viewer. Read More...

Spouse Coin Mintages - Lowered to Just 15,000
By Jaime Hernandez

Since the inception of the Spouse Gold Coin program in 2007, the Spouse coins have suffered diminished interest from collectors.

In the beginning of the program, the coins had a maximum mintage of 40,000 coins. And even with the mintage of 40,000 coins, the coins were selling out very quickly. Including the aftermarket, the coins were realizing much higher premiums than the initial cost of purchasing them directly from the U.S. Mint. Read More...
Don Willis explains the "Secure" component of the new PCGS Secure Plus™ service
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PCGS Shows in 2010

Submit your coins directly to PCGS at the following upcoming shows:

Santa Clara ExpoApril 8-10, 2010Santa Clara, CA
Chicago International
Coin Fair
April 22-25, 2010Rosemont, IL

For the complete list of all shows PCGS is attending in 2010, click here.

New From PCGS CoinFacts™

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 Akers (1975/88): Fairly common in VF but extremely rare uncirculated. In contrast to the 1847-C and 1847-D, most known specimens of the 1847-O are weakly struck. Very underrated in high grades; in fact, the 1847-O is the rarest 1847-dated quarter eagle in grades better than EF and it also has the ninth lowest average grade of any date in the entire series. Read More...
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