Market Report

Collector Coins Lead Market at Central States Show; Kingswood "Canterbury Sale" Closes April 19
Collector coins continue to dominate market as Central States show is a success. PCGS-certified Lincoln cents are the star of the Heritage CSNS Signature Sale. Market "in good shape" as material becomes more difficult to locate. Price compression leads to unprecedented values in some areas of market. Kingswood "Canterbury Sale" offers exciting gold coins and 20th century items.
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The Expert's Corner

The Controversial 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent
The 1909 Lincoln cent made its debut on August 2, 1909, and immediately created a sensation. Soon, the initials V.D.B. on the reverse, the signature of engraver Victor David Brenner, were criticized for their prominence. Soon, they were removed, isolating the 1909 V.D.B. and a related issue with an "S" mintmark, struck in San Francisco, as the only cents of their type. Today, the 1909 V.D.B. cent is plentiful and inexpensive, although the San Francisco Mint version, the 1909-S V.D.B. is elusive.
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Search for your favorite PCGS Authorized Dealer by specialty. Looking for Lincoln cents? Go to the Authorized Dealer link on the PCGS website and click on Small Cents in specialties. Looking for dealers with internet sites? Click on the Internet sites link in services. Search for more than a 1,000 dealers in the PCGS Authorized Dealer listings.

Set Registry Spotlight

Honeycutt Proof Lincoln Set Modern - The Number One Finest Set of All Time
Although the Honeycutt Set is short two coins, the set is awesome. It boasts more finest known PR69DCAMs than any other set. These include the 1960 Large Date, the 1962, 1963, and 1964. Also notable are the 1952 in PR65DCAM, the 1953 in PR67DCAM, the 1954 in PR68DCAM, the 1959 in PR68DCAM, and the 1960 Small Date. This set is 94% Deep Cameo!

How does your set stack up? The PCGS Set Registry has several hundred sets registered with new sets being added every day. Click here to visit the Set Registry.

Our Readers Ask

Question: Since 1986, I have had in my possession a Lincoln penny dated 1985 that has no copper coat. It looks just like a 1943 penny. How can I verify that this is not just a penny whose copper coat has been removed?

Answer: This would be considered an unplated zinc Lincoln Cent and can be so recognized by PCGS under it's Mint Error program. There have been instances of plating performed outside the mint, but these can be quickly identified.
--Rick Montgomery, PCGS

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Arizona Coin Expo
Phoenix Civic Plaza
Phoenix, AZ
May 3 - May 5, 2001 (Dealer Set up May 2*)

Take advantage of PCGS' Show Service!
Show service will be available Wednesday, May 2* and Thursday,
May 3.

  • Special Show Service -- $60 per coin valued at $1,500 or less
  • Standard Show Service -- $100 per coin
    Coins submitted for Show Service on Wednesday will be returned Friday morning. Coins submitted for Show Service on Thursday will be returned Saturday morning. Show service submissions will also be accepted on Friday and Saturday to be graded at our office and mailed to you on Monday, May 7.

    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, May 2*, through 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. Your PCGS-graded coins will be mailed to you following the show.

    *Wednesday, May 2 is Dealer Set Up Day. We'll be accepting submissions from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. on May 2. Check with the show promoter, Sandy Gulde 480-998-4001 for access to the facility. Show Hours are as follows:

    Dealer schedule Public schedule
    Wed 5/2 (Set up) 2 p.m.-8 p.m.
    Thur 5/3 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 10am-6:30 p.m.
    Fri 5/4 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 10am-6:30 p.m.
    Sat 5/5 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 10am-3:30 p.m.

    For more information about this show, contact Sandy Gulde

    For more information about PCGS, call 800-447-8848.


    With the June 1st deadline rapidly approaching, there are only a few weeks left to submit your essay. If you are a numismatist in high school, PCGS invites you to write an essay on the history of the rare coin market, any indvidual U.S. coin series, or a coin variety or group of varieties. The first place winner receives a $5,000 scholarship! Click here for details about this exciting contest.

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