April 12, 2011 | Vol. 11 Number 8
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Baltimore Show Very Well Attended
By Jaime Hernandez

As of this writing, silver is over $39 an ounce (a 31-year high). Exactly a year ago, I recall silver approaching $18 an ounce and many felt that was too high. So the big question is, will silver continue to go up or better yet, will it hold at these new levels? Of course, despite all the predictions out there no one really knows but coin dealers are busier than ever with people trying to cash in on any silver they have accumulated over the years. What I do notice is that even though silver is spiking up rapidly, there still seems to be many collectors and investors who want to buy more silver than ever as they feel very confident about the price of silver continuing to climb.

The Baltimore Expo just concluded and the Stack's Bowers auction had some great coins. They put out a very nice auction catalog and did a great job with the sale. The show reports from dealers and collectors seemed really positive. It was a well-attended show and sales were good for most dealers and collectors seemed to have had a great time as well.

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The Weinman Legacy - Part 1
By Ed Reiter

Ask most collectors to name the most beautiful coins in U.S. history and chances are the "Mercury" dime and the Walking Liberty half dollar will both be high on their lists.

These two outstanding coins have enjoyed consistent acclaim since their joint introduction in 1916. They're popular not only with collectors but also with critics of art. And the Walking Liberty's beauty is being showcased anew through the use of its obverse design on the American Eagle silver bullion coin. Read More...

2010 Collector Version 5 oz. Quarters Available April 28, 2011
By Jaime Hernandez

Now that most of the Mint Authorized Bullion Purchasers have sold most of their coins, the U.S. Mint has posted a date of April 28, 2011 as the offering date for the Hot Springs 5 oz. 2010-P Collector Version of the America the Beautiful Quarters.

In 2010 the Mint sold its entire Bullion version (no mint mark) of the 2010 5 oz. America the Beautiful Quarters to nine different Mint Authorized Bullion Purchasers. In return, the Authorized Purchasers sold the coins to the public and most of them sold out very quickly.

The Collector version (with P mint mark) of the 5 oz. coins will be sold by the Mint directly to the public. No further details have been provided by the Mint but it seems they will be offering each coin individually based on the information posted on their Product Listing page. Read More...

Altering One of America's Favorite Coins - the 1877 Indian Head Cent
By Mike Sargent

With the proliferation of counterfeit coins we are now experiencing, especially from China, PCGS has been at the forefront of countering the threat counterfeiting brings to collectors and the coin industry.

PCGS graders have always been taught how to detect counterfeit coins, and Mike Sargent is one of the leading experts in this challenging facet of coin authentication. In this article, Mike takes a close look at one of America's favorite collector coins Read More...

Join PCGS in 2011 at the following shows:

A new year means another busy year of traveling for PCGS. Join us and submit your coins directly to PCGS at the following upcoming shows. We look forward to seeing you. For a more complete list of shows, click here.
Chicago International
Coin Fair
April 15-17, 2011 Chicago, IL
Santa Clara Expo April 15-16, 2011 Santa Clara, CA
Central States
Numismatic Society
April 28-30, 2011 Rosemont, IL
Find out why you should consign your coins to the Stack's Bowers Chicago ANA Auction.
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Ten - Recent Developments
By Mike Sherman

Over the past 20 years, coin grading has settled into a fairly consistent routine, following the model established by PCGS in 1986. Most of the important, high-profile coins have been graded by one of the two major services at least once, and it's now quite rare to encounter a significant numismatic item that is still in its "raw" (ungraded) state. In fact, selling an ungraded coin now raises all sorts of eyebrows - with the buyer wondering, "Why wasn't it graded? What's wrong with it?" PCGS has recently begun certifying previously problem coins as "genuine," effectively eliminating the "body bag" for all but counterfeit and altered coins. Read More...

CoinFacts™ 1943-P 5C Doubled Die Obverse

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 1943-P Double Die Obverse "Nickel" is one of the most popular varieties of the Jefferson series. Though it is scarce as a variety, high-grade examples seem to be the norm. Read More...
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