Market Report

It's Legal! 1933 $20 St. Gaudens to be Sold!
An out-of-court settlement allows coin dealer, Steve Fenton, to keep 50% of the proceeds from the future sale of the "world's most valuable" coin, while the US government will keep the other half.
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The Expert's Corner

Confederate States of America Coinage
In 1861 the Confederate States of America commissioned Robert Lovett, Jr., a die sinker, to strike a small number of Confederate cents. For over a decade the secret was kept.
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Set Registry Spotlight

Legend Collection - MS Trade Dollar Set - Current Finest
In every issue of the PCGS eZine, we will highlight some of the fantastic sets that have been built and registered in the PCGS Set Registry. This week the Legend Collection of Mint State Trade Dollars takes the spotlight. The set is currently ranked number one and for good reason. From the coins currently graded by PCGS, it is impossible to create a finer collection as the set contains 10 population 1 coins! This collector has furnished descriptions and images. Take a peek at the world's finest Trade Dollar Set!
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Our Readers Ask

Question: What is your opinion of the 1895 Proof silver dollar? Is it or is it not essential for the completion of a Morgan dollar collection?

Answer: Although Mint records indicate that 12,000 circulation strikes were minted of the 1895 Philadelphia dollar, we have never seen an authentic example of such. Records also indicate that 880 Proofs were struck, all of which seem to have been distributed. Of this number, perhaps 500 or 600 exist today. These appear with some regularity in our auctions, less often in our fixed price catalogues. Obviously, there are not enough 1895 Proof dollars to go around to the hundreds of thousands or millions of collectors who enjoy the Morgan series. A rationale not to obtain an 1895 Proof would be this: a complete set of circulation strikes from 1878 to 1921 would not need a Proof, and would be satisfactory without it, inasmuch as no circulation strikes are known. However, a truly complete set of Morgan dollars should have a Proof 1895. If I were collecting the series I would want one.
--Q. David Bowers, Bowers and Merena Galleries

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The Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo is coming February 22-25th. PCGS will be offering on-site grading and representatives will be available to accept all submissions. Cut off time for same day submission is 12 noon Saturday.

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