Market Report

Finest Graded Peace Dollar and Carson City Dollar Sets Trade as Market Hums Along
Finest Peace Dollar set of all time trades hands. Current finest Carson City Dollar set also finds new home. Interest remains high in PCGS Set Registry. "Tree Many Feathers" collection features spectacular Pattern coins to be offered by Bowers & Merena. PCGS-certified MS65RB 1922 "Plain" Cent is highlight of upcoming Superior Galleries sale.
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Set Registry Spotlight

Henry Walker - Gold Commemorative Set - Current Finest
Only thirteen coins comprise the gold commemorative set, but what variance... from the small gold dollars to the large $50 Panama-Pacifics. All of the coins in Henry Walker's set are Mint State including the rare $50 Round and Octagonal Pan Pacs. Seven of the coins are currently the highest graded. This set is rated 66.00 with the competition far behind. To view this set, click here.

Show off your coins! 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. Recently added was the short set of Walking Liberty half dollars and the early S-Mint set of Morgan dollars. If you'd like to see a set added, please send your suggestion to [email protected].

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

Subscribe to the online PCGS Population Report for as little as $4.95 a month! Updated weekly, get the latest census data on all coins graded by PCGS. Click here to get a free peek at the population statistics for gold commemoratives.

The Expert's Corner

1915-S Panama-Pacific $50 Gold Coins
The Panama-Pacific commemorative pieces were minted in conjunction with the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. 1,509 octagonal $50 pieces and 1,510 round versions were minted in San Francisco. Sales were not up to expectations, and after November 1916 a quantity amounting to 855 octagonal pieces went to the melting pot, leaving a net issuance of 645 pieces. Additionally, 1,015 examples of the round $50 were reduced to bullion, leaving a net issuance of just 483 pieces, a number which was to remain the lowest distribution quantity figure for any United States commemorative coin.
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Collector's Survey

Commemorative Gold is always a favorite with collectors. Which of these "commem gold" items would you want to own the most (if you couldn't sell it)?

  1. A couple of years ago Kingswood Coin Auctions offered the #1 Panama-Pacific set ever struck. The quality was only average (MS62-66) but the documentation was superb. A great historic item!
  2. A Pan-Pac half dollar struck in gold! Yes, this coin actually exists!
  3. A set of the Proof commemorative issues. That's the 1903 Jefferson, the 1903 McKinley, the possibly unique 1904 Lewis & Clark and the ultra-rare 1916 McKinley.
  4. The current #1 set of Commemorative Gold on the PCGS Set Registry.
  5. The original hoard of Sesqui quarter eagles (100 pieces!) that was brought into a Philadelphia coin shop in the 1970s.

Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next eCollector.

Results from last survey: 41% answered that the Statehood quarter will have the most numismatic significance over the long-term. Click here for a complete breakdown.

Search for your favorite PCGS Authorized Dealer by specialty. Building a gold commemorative set? Go to the Authorized Dealer link on PCGS and click on Commemoratives 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 the American Gold Exchange. Are you a gold bug? Then visit AGE's website for a large inventory of gold coins, gold and silver prices, market updates, and a want list service.

Our Readers Ask

Question: When checking eBay this evening, I found 17 items listed using the term "shotgun roll" in their description of the item offered for sale. I then checked the PCGS "Lingo" page for the term "shotgun roll" and found that it is a term used to mean a roll that contains twice the normal count of coins in a standard roll. I then returned to eBay and found that all 17 entries appeared to offer only a standard sized roll even though they used the term "shotgun roll." Are these people in error in their use of the term "shotgun roll" or has the term been redefined?

Answer: In the 1960s when I started in the coin business a "shotgun roll" meant a roll of coins that was double length, like the barrel of a shotgun. Example: A roll of half dollars has $10 face. A shotgun roll of half dollars has $20 face. After this question came in I called one of the country's most active roll dealers. He gave the exact same definition as the one above. He said that the confusion is probably caused by ambiguity. A shotgun roll used to be called a "double shotgun roll" at times. While this was redundant, some people incorrectly assumed that since a double shotgun roll had twice as many coins as normal then a shotgun roll must be a normal roll. See what I mean? So, today some dealers are using the term shotgun roll to mean a normal roll or bank-wrapped roll.
--Bruce Amspacher, PCGS

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Bowers and Merena is pleased to announce it will be selling at public auction an important collection of rare United States Patterns, Saint Gaudens double eagles and other fine properties from the collection of Tree Many Feathers, a western gentleman who has spent a number of years aggressively assembling his collection of rarities. To cross the block in New York City, September 14-15th, this event will be spectacular for its offering of pattern coins, both for the scope of the collection, and the quality and rarity of the pieces involved. This sale will also bring to auction many other diverse properties from additional consignors. Click here to browse the auction and place your bids online.


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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