Market Report

1804 Silver Dollar and Other Major Rarities to be Offered at Auction as Baltimore Show Approaches
Bowers & Merena will offer two major sales highlighted by a Class III 1804 silver dollar. Colonials, silver dollars, Patterns and $20 gold pieces are just some of the spectacular areas of interest. PCGS silver dollars are strong in Heritage sale of Casper collection. Rare coin market showing bullish tendencies as recovery from September 11 continues.
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Set Registry Spotlight

Andy Hansen - Carson City Morgan Dollars -
The Number One Finest Set of All Time

Andy Hansen's Carson City Morgan Dollar Set is only a few tenths of a point below the very best possible. His 1889-CC is a 68! The 1893-CC is a solid MS65. His 1879-CC is a 66. Furthermore, he has all the optional varieties as well. Andy has worked with many wonderful dealers and in his set description acknowledges their help. To view this set, click here.

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Search for your favorite PCGS Authorized Dealer by specialty. Building a Carson City Morgan dollar set? Go to the Authorized Dealer link on PCGS 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

Carson City Mint
Though the Carson City Mint had a short life span, only minting coins from 1870 to 1885 and again from 1880 to 1893, it produced coins that are valued by coin collectors today. Many of the issues are scarce and all carry with them images of the old west. Young Numismatist, Sarah McCurdy, explores the history of this fascinating mint in this award winning article.
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Collector's Survey

There have been some great Carson City items come on the market over the years and some other treasures that will never be for sale. Which one of these five choices would you want in your collection if you could never sell it/them?

  1. The Eliasberg example of the 1889-CC Morgan dollar. This coin is far and away the finest known of the date and is certified MS68 by PCGS.
  2. The 1873-CC No Arrows quarter is a classic rarity, with only five pieces known to exist in all grades combined. Would you like to show off the finest example graded by PCGS, a beautiful MS64?
  3. If you take a visit to the Carson City Mint you'll find a spectacular 1870-CC half dollar right next to an equally incredible 1870-CC quarter. Would these two coins be your choice for your personal collection?
  4. The finest graded 1870-CC $20 gold piece is an AU50. This legendary rarity can be yours in this little fantasy if you select #4.
  5. There are almost no MS65 Carson City gold coins in existence, but here's a chance to own some $5 gold pieces that are unbelievable! You get the 1876-CC in MS65 (the next finest is AU58), the 1881-CC in MS65 (the next finest is MS61), the 1890-CC in MS66 (the only one graded with nothing higher) and the 1891-CC in MS65 (the only one graded with nothing higher).

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Results from last survey: 45% answered that they would build a superb Indian cent set by building a beautiful set in which every coin is a circulation strike in the finest possible grade in full Mint Red. Click here for a complete breakdown.

In what years did the Carson City Mint strike coins? 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 Morgan dollars.

Our Readers Ask

Question: Can you explain to me the difference between bag marks and scratches? Many people on the coin forum discuss coins graded the same, but some have more scratches or bag marks than others. Why wouldn't seven bag marks be a lower grade than three, assuming the coins are comparable otherwise? If PCGS will grade these type of coins, why not grade one with scratches?

Answer: Contact marks are a natural occurrence that as numismatists we expect to encounter. Scratches, while they can be accepted at times for grading, tend to cause no-grades due to their length, severity, and depth. Many times it is difficult to incorporate a scratch or scratches into the grade of a coin and many times that is why you will find PCGS rejecting a coin for scratches.
-- Rick Montgomery, PCGS

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Brought to you by Bowers and Merena Galleries, this remarkable event will be the focus of the numismatic community as some of the most significant properties of the year will cross the block in at the end of this month. Don't miss this memorable sale to be held in Baltimore, November 29 to December 1, featuring the major collections listed above, as well as many other rarities and collector coins in many series and specialties. Lot viewing at the sale will be held November 27 at the Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel, and November 28-30 at the Suburban Washington/Baltimore Convention, one of the most popular coin shows in the country. Click here to bid online now. To order a catalog for this spectacular sale call 800-243-5211. This auction will be held in conjunction with the Tree Many Feathers Sale, which was postponed from September.


Highlighting this sale of over 2,400 lots, is the Allan Teal Collection of Delaware national bank notes. This collection was carefully considered and built over the last fifteen years. Other areas of interest in the Baltimore Sale are large size type notes, error notes, small size type notes, fractional currency, military payment certificates, continental & colonial currency, obsolete notes & miscellaneous items, confederate notes, and a large selection of national bank notes. Online bidding ends November 29th followed by a live floor auction on December 1st in Baltimore, Md. To order a full-color catalog or for more information about this sale, please call 800-243-5211. Click here to bid now.

at the Suburban Washington/Baltimore Show!

Suburban Washington/Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention
Baltimore Convention Center
1 W. Pratt Street, Hall E
Baltimore, MD
November 29 - December 1

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 Thursday, November 29th through 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 1. Your PCGS-graded coins will be mailed to you following the show.

*Thursday, November 29th is Dealer Set Up Day. We'll be accepting submissions from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 29. Check with the show promoter for access to the facility.

Suburban Washington/Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention are as follows:
Dealer schedule Public schedule
*Thur. 11/29 (Set up) 9 a.m. -7 p.m.  
Fri. 11/30 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Fri. 11/30 10am - 6:30 p.m.
Sat. 12/1 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Sat. 12/1 10am - 6:30 p.m.

For more information about PCGS grading at the show, call 800-447-8848.

For more information about the Suburban Washington/Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention, call 301-424-1876.


47th Annual Florida United Numismatists Convention & Show
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL
January 10 - 13, 2002

Long Beach Coin and Collectible Exposition
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA
February 21 - 24, 2002

ANA National Money Show
Jacksonville Convention Center, Jacksonville, FL
March 7 - 9, 2002

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