|eCollector - Sept. 10, 2002 | Vol. 3 Number 19|
Gold Up, Overall Market Strong and Diverse as Long Beach Show Approaches
In the last PCGS eCollector, we highlighted Stewart Blay's fine collection. This time, two other magnificent Indian Cent collections are in the spotlight. In an unprecedented face-off at the Long Beach Coin Show, September 26-29th, the Ally Collection and the Richard Collection will be displayed with the Stewart Blay Collection for your viewing pleasure. Which set is best? The Ally Collection, a 2002 PCGS Set Registry Award winner, sits in the number two position. Highlighting the set, complete with images, are the 1860 in Mint State 67 and the 1870, 1871, 1872, 1908-S and 1909-S in Mint State 66 RED. Click here to enjoy. The Richard Collection has been a long-time set registrant. First appearing with a set rating of 64.43, this collector has slowly upgraded his set and now has an amazing rating of 66.96, which puts his set in a strong third place. To view this set, click here. To read a synopsis about these three very interesting collectors, be sure to read this week's Expert's Corner.
The Indian Cents with Varieties (CS) and the Indian Cent Proof sets have now been weighted. Coming up this week are the 1950-1959 Proof sets. In the next week, we'll be finishing off Proof sets 1960-present. Then next up are the mint sets 1934-present. Announcements of these new sets will be made on the Set Registry News page.
Fun, informative, and sometimes controversial, the PCGS Set Registry Messageboard remains the number one coin forum on the Internet. Get involved with other collectors who are currently participating in the Set Registry program or are just beginning. Click here to chat on the Set Registry Messageboard.
PCGS Set Registry Indian Cent SHOWDOWN
What does the designation "RD" mean on a PCGS graded Indian cent? Find out in Lingo, the PCGS dictionary of numismatic definitions. Click here for Lingo.
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Question: I have an 1812 U.S. copper cent that appears to be prooflike. It was a bequest from my father-in-law. He purchased the coin in the early 1920s at one of the Tiffany Coin Auctions held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The coin is chocolate brown and under 10x (binocular macroscope) I can see no marks or wear whatsoever. The planchet has no discernable pits or imperfections. The strike, though, is slightly off center, but it is a strong, complete strike. Could this possibly be a Proof coin?
Answer: My hunch is that the coin may have been burnished or polished in some way as to give the surfaces this glossy appearance. The coin might also have a surface substance that was added to the piece years ago. This substance is commonly known as "Care" and exhibits a glossy finish.
I would not feel the coin is a Proof without further visual inspection.
-- Rick Montgomery, Professional Coin Grading Service
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Now! Bid Online in the Bowers and Merena September Rarities Sale!
The next Bowers and Merena Rarities Sale will take place September 22 in Beverly Hills, but online pre-sale bidding is underway NOW! This Rarities Sale features a remarkable selection of choice pieces. From the collection of Dr. Lawrence Cookson comes what might well be called the definitive collection of 1913-1938 Buffalo nickels, plus other treasures. Also included are some highly important early dimes from the Jason Lindsay Collection. Numerous rare silver and gold pieces, including a previously unlisted gold pattern coin, are to be offered, and there are many more highlights as well. The September Rarities Sale is not to be missed! Click here to bid!
SEE PCGS AT LONG BEACH IN SEPTEMBER!
Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition
Have your coins graded by PCGS and save on one-way postage! You may submit your coins at the show to all PCGS grading service levels. Submissions will be accepted from Wednesday, September 25*, through 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 28. Show Service coins will be returned to you at the show. All other PCGS-graded coins will be mailed to you following the show
*Wednesday, September 25 is Dealer Set Up Day. We'll be accepting submissions from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. on September 25. Check with the show promoter for access to the facility.
Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition Show Hours are as follows:
For more information about PCGS grading at the show, call 800-447-8848.
For more information about the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition, call 805-962-9939 or go to www.longbeachshow.com.