April 10, 2012 | Vol. 12 Number 8
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Two Successful Coin Shows Across the Globe
By Jaime Hernandez

Recently, collectors and dealers attended the Whitman Baltimore Show. One of the highlights of the Stacks/Bowers Galleries auction was that it contained over 6,500 coins and currency. The auction was extremely successful, realizing over $16 million in sales!

Some of the highlights included an 1836 Classic Quarter Eagle that sold for $287,500, a 1792 Half Disme that sold for $212,750 and a Proof 1922 Grant Memorial Commemorative Half Dollar with Star that sold for $184,000.

PCGS has been extremely busy grading coins here in California and also Hong Kong. We had a large group from PCGS travel to Hong Kong and they did a wonderful job at the show. The Chinese coin market is booming and our staff, collectors and dealers reported that they had a great time and also a very successful show.

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Chinese Panda Coins
By Mike Sherman

One of the most popular modern coinage issues is the Panda Series of China. Launched in 1982, these bullion coins are among the most widely collected in the world, with fresh designs each year featuring a Panda theme on one side and the famous Temple of Heaven in Beijing on the other.

Initially, Pandas were only stuck in gold, but in 1983 a silver coin was added, and in 1987 a Platinum issue was released. A few have been struck in Palladium as well. During the 1990s, bi-metallic Pandas (in silver and gold) were made in four denominations.

Over the past 30 years, Pandas have been struck in a wide variety of sizes and denominations, ranging from the diminutive 3 Yuan pieces struck in gold (1 gram) to the massive 10,000 Yuan issue of 1991 that tipped the scales at 4,850 grams (about 10.7 pounds) of pure gold! Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts 1877-S $10 (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 Akers (1975/88): In every U.S. gold series there are issues that are underrated with respect to other dates in the series as well as issues that are generally unappreciated for their true rarity. The 1877-S is one that qualifies on both counts, much as the 1845 and 1846 do among P-Mint issues. In overall rarity, the 1877-S is just as rare as the much lower mintage 1876-S and is also on par with the 1855-S and 1861-S. It is only a little less rare than the very rare S-Mint issues from 1866 to 1874 and is their equal in terms of condition rarity. No uncirculated 1877-S has ever been reported.

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The 1982 No P Mintmark Roosevelt Dime
By Jaime Hernandez

In 1982, the Philadelphia Mint produced a small quantity of dimes without a mintmark, the first such error to occur on a coin made for circulation. This inconceivable error came about thanks to a Mint employee who failed to add the mintmark onto an obverse die. Traditionally, Mint employees punch the mintmark into working dies, which are then inspected for any flaws or omissions. In this case, the omission of the mintmark went unnoticed and thousands of 1982 dimes without mintmarks escaped from the Philadelphia Mint.

The 1982 No Mintmark dimes were first discovered in late December, 1982. Credit for the discovery is shared by Walter Placzankis, Andrew Macdonald and Lane Durkee. The largest concentration of these error coins was in the area around Sandusky, Ohio, where approximately 8,000-10,000 of them were found. All of the coins from the Sandusky area displayed strong strikes with a date separated from the rim of the coin. Read More...

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A View From the Bridge
By Phil Arnold

In Europe's glorious past, cities took enormous pride in their autonomy, wealth, industry, piety and prestige. That is no better reflected in the coinage produced in the city-view Thalers from the 17th and 18th centuries. German cities like Regensberg and Nuremberg, and Swiss cities like Zurch and Basel displayed their waterways, bridges, steeples, spires, landscapes, homes and their commerce. These coins are rare, wildly popular and of course, very expensive. Read More...

So, You Think You Can Grade? Coin Grading Contest Slated For May - June Long Beach Expo
By Donn Pearlman

Professional Coin Grading Service will award a $20 Saint-Gaudens gold coin valued at $2,000 as the prize for the winner in a coin grading competition during the upcoming Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, May 31 - June 2, 2012, in Long Beach, California.

"The winner will receive a Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle graded PCGS Secure Plus MS65. We'll also have a special coin grading competition for young numismatists in high school and pre-high school categories, and the winner in each category will receive a PCGS-certified MS65 Morgan dollar," said PCGS President Don Willis. Read More...

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