Market Report

Retail Sales Up...Key Long Beach Show Next Week
Dealers are reporting a major up tick in retail sales activity since the beginning of the year. Sales activity is strong in virtually every segment of the rare coin market. "Everything from colonials to gold coins to modern coins is selling very well," one dealer told us. Morgan dollars have been especially strong; particularly better dates and all deep mirror prooflikes.
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Search for your favorite PCGS Authorized Dealer by specialty. Looking for Morgan Dollars? Go to the Authorized Dealer link on the PCGS website and click on Dollars 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.

The Expert's Corner

1909 to Date Lincoln Cents
For many years Lincoln cents have been favorites with collectors. Every schoolboy hoped to find a prized 1909-S V.D.B., 1914-D, or 1931-S. Few actually were that lucky, but in the process the spirit of coin collecting caught on, and many joined the hobby.
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Set Registry Spotlight

Tom Mershon - MS Lincoln Cent Set - All Time Finest
This week Tom Mershon's Mint State Lincoln Set 1909-1958 takes the spotlight. Currently ranked number one All Time Finest and Current Finest, the set is 100% complete and 100% full red with a grade point average of 66.34! This set is only a few tenths of a point away from the very finest possible GPA. This is an outstanding achievement and one for which Mr. Mershon should be very proud.

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: I've seen the term "coin-axis," as in: "turning the coin along its coin-axis." What does this mean? Does it mean the vertical axis or the horizontal axis?

Answer: Coin axis means turning the coin over top to bottom. The reverse side should show "right side up" when turned over in this manner. Medallic turn means turning the coin to its left or right and the reverse design will be right side up.
--Rick Montgomery, PCGS

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PCGS will be offering on-site grading service at the following show next week:
Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition
Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, CA
February 22-25, 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.

For more information about PCGS grading at the show, call
For more information about the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition, call 805-962-9939 or go to

Find out more about Collectors Universe, the parent company of PCGS! Two informational meetings will be held at the show, both in Room 103A at the Long Beach Convention Center. The dates and times of the meetings are as follows:

Thursday, February 22, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 24, at 11 a.m.

For more information about the meetings, call 949-567-1101.

Lyn Knight Currency Auctions proudly presents the Discovery Sale featuring the original First National $5 Bank Note. Bidding is currently available online culminating with a live floor auction on Saturday, March 3rd in Rosemont, Illinois. Click here to order a beautiful full-color catalog. For more information about this sale, call 877-472-7489 x332.
Kingswood Coin Auctions Bristol Sale is available for online bidding now through March 1st. A live telephone auction will begin the last day of the auction until 7pm PST. To order your free catalog, click here. For more information, call 800-458-4646.
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