March 29, 2011 | Vol. 11 Number 7
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Do Gas Prices Affect the Coin Market?
By Jaime Hernandez

On March 24, 2011, gold hit an all-time high of $1,448.60. Silver hit a 31-year high of $38.18 an ounce. And now, crude oil is over $100 a barrel. The reason I mentioned a barrel of oil is because oil effects our daily lives even for those that don't drive a car. With oil prices rising, it costs more to transport food and necessities to the stores we shop in and for many other things we buy so as a result, many stores raise prices.

The promising news is that in the coin business, most dealers have a coin shop or work from home, so the rising price of gas doesn't affect them as much as it does other stores. If you notice higher coin prices, it's not necessarily because of increasing oil prices but mostly because of the increasing prices of gold and silver, and because of the demand for certain coins.

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The 20th Century's Most Beautiful Silver Coin
By David Hall

United States coinage design reached an aesthetic high point just after the turn of the 19th Century. It started in 1907 with the introduction of the $10 Indian and $20 St. Gaudens. The $2 1/2 and $5 Indian design came in 1908. The Buffalo nickel replaced the Liberty nickel in 1913. In 1916, three of our most beautiful coins were first issued: the Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter, and Walking Liberty half dollar. All of these coins are considered great examples of the coining art. And they all replaced much more conservative (some would say dull) designs. It was truly the Golden Era of U.S. coin design. Read More...

New Collectors Club Quarterly Grading Special Starts April 1, 2011
By Trista King

From April 1 - June 30, 2011, PCGS Collectors Club Members can take advantage of our new Quarterly Grading Special. For three months (April-June), Collectors Club members can send one submission of three coins for the Regular Secure Plus Service and only pay for two! That's right - a $45 value, FREE!!

But don't delay; all orders must be postmarked by June 30, 2011. The offer is valid for Collectors Club members in good standing and only one submission per member (per quarter) is allowed. Read More...

Part Nine - The Professional Coin Grading Service (1986)
By Mike Sherman

In the closing months of 1985, as the specter of gradeflation threatened to undermine the trust of collectors and investors in the numismatic market, a group of dealers met in California to discuss restoring integrity and confidence to the hobby. Led by David Hall, the group included John Dannreuther, Gordon Wrubel, Steve Cyrkin, Bruce Amspacher and Sil Digenova. Their goal was a simple one - form an independent grading service, whose opinions would not only stand the test of time, but would garner universal acceptance in the market. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts - 1916-D 10C

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

Mike Sargent: There are four mint mark positions on genuine coins. We see 5 to 10 counterfeits a week in the PCGS grading room. If you are buying a 1916-D dime, authentication is obviously highly recommended. Read More...
Don Willis and Laura Sperber on the amazing Tom Bender $3 Proof Gold Collection. Watch video!
Two More Spouse Coins Sell Out
By Jaime Hernandez

Last week two additional First Spouse Gold Coins sold out. They are the Uncirculated Abigail Fillmore and Uncirculated Jane Pierce, both dated 2010.

The Uncirculated Abigail Fillmore Spouse Gold coins first went on sale on the U.S Mint website on March 18, 2010. The price of each coin was originally set at $716 if purchased directly from the U.S. Mint. The maximum authorized mintage was 15,000 coins between the Uncirculated and Proof versions combined. However, far fewer coins were sold for the Uncirculated version as the current sales figures are somewhere in the 3,700 range. Read More...

Join PCGS 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.

Baltimore Expo 31-April 2, 2011 Baltimore, MD
Chicago International Coin Fair April 15-17, 2011 Chicago, IL
Santa Clara Expo April 15-16, 2011 Santa Clara, CA
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