Market Report

Immediate Gratification
What's the best way to approach coin collecting? A hobby? An investment? While the future of the rare coin, stock, and gold bullion markets has never been predicted accurately by anyone, coins can be enjoyed right away. More than just a few fortunes have been made by hobbyists who simply enjoyed their coin collections year after year, and then, when time came to sell, realized tremendous profits.
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Set Registry Spotlight

Jeff German - Modern Type Set - 2nd Finest Set of All Time
This set is the number two rated Modern Type Set (the number one set is not available for viewing) with an overall set rating of 65.61. This set was built over a five year period and is a great achievement in anyone's book. Jeff selected coins on originality and eye appeal. To view this set, click here.

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

The 2001 PCGS Set Registry booklets are now available for purchase at $5 a copy. The book lists the top five sets in each category that were posted online as of June 1, 2001. Click here to buy your copy.

New! Set Registry Message Board. Get involved with other collectors who are currently participating in the Set Registry program or are just beginning. Click here to chat.

The PCGS Set RegistryTM is a work in progress with new sets continually being added. If you'd like to see a set added, please send your suggestion to [email protected].

What is a type coin? Find out in Lingo, the PCGS dictionary of numismatic definitions. Click here for Lingo.

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The Expert's Corner

Forming a Type Set
Today's coin collectors have many ways in which to collect their coins. Building a U.S. type set is an excellent way to develop a general knowledge of the various coin types, is enjoyable and educational, and is achievable even with a limited budget.
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Collector's Survey

Of the modern coinage, which coin do you think will have the most numismatic significance over the long-term?

1. Statehood quarter
2. Sacagawea dollar
3. Buffalo dollar
4. Silver eagle
5. Gold eagle

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Results from last survey: 36% answered that as the ultimate challenge they would assemble the gold type set from 1795 through 1933 with everything in the finest condition. Click here for a complete breakdown.

Search for your favorite PCGS Authorized Dealer by specialty. Building a Modern Type coin set? Go to the Authorized Dealer link on PCGS and click on 20th Century Coins 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.

This week's Featured Dealer is Pinnacle Rarities, a full-service dealer offering appraisals, want list services, portfolio building, auction representation, and educational resources. The Pinnacle website has an updated inventory list that changes daily.

Our Readers Ask

Question: When you say buy choice coins only do you mean choice for the grade or do you mean only coins in MS-63 or better, for this level is sometimes defined as "choice"? I have seen some very nice lower grade coins that I consider to be choice.

Answer: I like to use "choice" as an adjective to describe pieces within any numerical range. A well-worn Good-4 half cent, if it has a pleasing, smooth surface can in my eye be "choice," for most half cents of this date are porous and rough. To me, "choice" is pleasing to the eye. In the adjectival (rather than numerical) scale of coin grading, Choice Mint State or Choice Proof meant the equivalent of a "63" coin as you mention. However, today most people use the numbers only, without "choice."
--Q. David Bowers, Bowers and Merena Galleries

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Don't miss out! Bidding ends Thursday, August 16, 2000 at 7 p.m. PST. Kingswood's Enfield Sale is filled with hundreds of great collector coins all graded by PCGS! Bidding is easy via phone, fax, mail, email, or online. For more information, call 1-888-540-2646. Catalogues are available by calling the Bowers and Merena publications department at 1-800-458-4646. Click here to bid now!


This sale features items from the Sam Feldman Collection including Fractional Currency, Colonial and Continental Currency, and a large selection of Texas National Bank Notes. Also featured is an extensive collection of more than 1,700 Confederate Notes. Place your bids online at Internet bidding ends August 16, 2001 at 7pm PST. Bids placed on the Internet constitute presale bidding only. All lots will be sold in the live auction sessions on August 17-18th, 2001 at Fourth National Paper Money & Historical Artifacts Show in Irving, Texas. For more information, or to order a catalog, please call 1-877-472-7489.


PCGS will be offering on-site grading service at the following show scheduled for early October:

Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition
Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, CA
October 3 - 6, 2001

Take advantage of PCGS' Show Service!

  • Special Show Service -- $60 per coin valued at $1,500 or less
  • Standard Show Service -- $100 per coin
    Coins may be submitted to all other PCGS grading levels at the show.

    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, October 3*, through 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 6. Your PCGS-graded coins will be mailed to you following the show.

    *Wednesday, October 3 is Dealer Set Up Day. We'll be accepting submissions from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on October 3. Check with the show promoter for access to the facility.

    Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition Show Hours are as follows:

    Dealer schedule
    Public schedule
    Wedneday 10/3 (Set up)
    2 pm - 7 pm
    Thurday 10/4
    8 am - 7 pm
    10 am - 6:30 pm
    Friday 10/5
    9 am - 7 pm
    10 am - 6:30 pm
    Saturday 10/6
    9 am - 6:30 pm
    10 am - 6:30 pm

    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

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