November 8, 2011 | Vol. 11 Number 23
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Coin Collecting is Fun!
By Don Willis

A lot of people get distracted with one controversy or another; it's easy to do in life. But we should all take a moment to remember why we collect coins - because it's fun!

Whether you collect proof sets from the Mint or Capped Bust $5 doesn't really matter. Look at all the excitement that the Silver Eagle 25th Anniversary coins are generating. The entire issue of 100,000 sold out in hours. Discovering a scarce variety of Lincoln cents is a dream of many and certainly very exciting when it happens.

There are as many ways to collect as there are people. It's the collecting that binds us all together. The ultimate pleasure is not just finding your coin but the journey full of research and increased knowledge along the way that really keeps us interested. So relax and enjoy your coins no matter what they are.

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The #1 Threat to Coins - Exposed!
By Jaime Hernandez

In the 1800s and early 1900s, circulating gold coins had an intrinsic value near their metal content. This occurred up until 1933 when President Franklin Roosevelt and the government made it illegal to own gold coins. A similar occurrence took place with silver coins when they stopped coin production for circulation in 1964. More recently in 1982, the U.S. Mint stopped producing copper cents for circulation. And today, the only remaining circulating coin that matches its intrinsic value, based off its metal content, is the Jefferson Nickel, currently worth about $0.052 each.

There are some factors that can contribute to the elimination of circulating coins, even though they are producing a profit for the U.S. Mint. Read More...

The 1943 'Copper' Cent: A Much-Discussed Rarity
By Ed Reiter

It is said that money talks.

If that were true in a literal sense, the 1943 "copper" cent would have some intriguing tales to tell us.

While it can't speak for itself, this fascinating rarity is, without a doubt, one of the most talked-about coins ever minted. For more than half a century, it has been a conversation piece for millions of Americans, including a great many who never collected coins.

One of the first highly publicized sales of a 1943 bronze cent took place in July 1981 at the official auction of the New Orleans American Numismatic Association convention. Bowers and Ruddy Galleries conducted that sale, and the coin - described as "extremely fine" - brought $10,000. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts 1873-CC 10C No Arrows (Regular Strike)

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

David Hall: This is one of the great unheralded rarities of U.S. numismatics. The following statement sums it up for me. Louis Eliasberg put together the only complete collection of U.S. coins ever assembled. Read More...

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Some amazing coins will be offered at the Stack's Bowers Galleries November Baltimore Auction.
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Silver Eagle 25th Anniversary Set

PCGS will recognize all five coins as 25th Anniversary coins if they are sent to us in their original unopened Mint packaging. Since the ‘S' mint and reverse proof have only been made for the 25th Anniversary set, they can be sent in from an opened Mint package and still receive the 25th Anniversary designation. The others cannot. In order to have all five coins designated as 25th Anniversary, they must be submitted in their unopened Mint packaging. Read More...

The Tom Bender Collection of $3 Proof Gold
By BJ Searls

With the completion of his $3 Proof Gold Collection - literally the first complete certified $3 Gold Proof set ever assembled - Tom Bender has joined an exclusive group of collectors. The names Bass, Garrett, and Trompeter are legendary in American numismatics. These, and perhaps only a few others, are the collectors who assembled complete sets of Proof $3 coins. Very few collectors have classical era (1792-1964) proof gold coins among their holdings and even a single proof is highly prized. To complete the 1854-1889 $3 series in proof is a rare occurrence, to say the least. Read More...
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