Market Report

Collector-based Coins, Early Americana Continue to Lead Surprisingly Strong Market
Modern coins and more inexpensive issues selling well as Americans adjust to a new world. Certified gold still in demand, but prices have stabilized. Colonial coinage showing large expansion of collector base. Kingswood "Franklin" sale shows strength in many areas. Bowers & Merena to offer Flannagan 1804 silver dollar and other numismatic treasures.
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Set Registry Spotlight

Michigan Collection - Roosevelt Dimes, Mint State (1965-Present) The Number One Finest Set of All Time
A solid collection of Mint State 67's and 68's, the lowest grade in this set is MS66! This set is bordering on achieving the best possible grade of 67.55. With a grade point average of 67.38 and 100% completion, the next closest set is only 44% complete! The Michigan Collection is the first to achieve completion in the Set Registry for this modern-date series. To view this set, click here.

Show off your coins! Show off your coins! The Set Registry now has over 1,400 sets registered with new sets being added every day. Click here to visit the Set Registry.

Get involved with other collectors who are currently participating in the Set Registry program or are just beginning. Click here to chat on the Set Registry Messageboard.

The Proof Liberty $20 set composition was added this week. This is the first pre-1950 set that gives extra points for the Cameos and Deep Cameos now being recognized by PCGS. In the coming weeks you will begin to see enhancements to the set registry, such as recognition and points for pre-1950 CA and DC coins, the addition of 2001 coinage, and weights being added to coins in sets.

The PCGS Set RegistryTM is a work in progress. If you have any suggestions or comments please email [email protected].

Search for your favorite PCGS Authorized Dealer by specialty. Building a Mint State Roosevelt dime 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 Aspen Park Rare Coins, Inc. LAPRCI offers online shopping on their website with inventory updated frequently. Also available is the Preferred Customer Program which allows qualified collectors to view coins prior to purchase. Shipping is free.

Collector's Corner

Confederate Coinage: A Short-lived Dream
As the Southern states seceded from the Union, there was now an opportunity to assert their sovereignty and independence from the United States. Issuing a new Confederate currency would allow this new nation to establish its identity. The saga of the Confederate coinage reflects the shifting fortunes of the Civil War - the rise and fall of the confederacy, the new nation's initial hopes and later its sudden realization that the four-year old nation would be coming to an end. Vanashree Samant, in this essay that won her the 2001 PCGS Young Numismatists contest and a $5,000 college scholarship, leads us through the fascinating history of the rise and fall of Confederate coinage.
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Collector's Survey

The addition of strike characteristics on the PCGS holder has increased the interest in (and value of) some US coins. For instance, the Full Bell Lines (FBL) designation on Franklin half dollars, the Full Head designation on Standing Liberty quarters, etc. Which other series would you like to see designated this way?

  1. Full Flame on the Roosevelt dimes. This might make for some interesting new key dates.
  2. Full Hand on Walking Liberty half dollars. Some collectors feel that this is as important as the Full Head on the Standing Liberty quarters.
  3. Full Corn on the Liberty nickels. This area of the reverse of Liberty nickels is frequently weak or wiped out completely.
  4. Full Bars on the Three Cent nickel. Those lines on the III on the reverse are often weak. There are some definite rarities here.
  5. Full Claws on Barber coins. Look at those eagle's claws, even on some of the Proof coins!

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

Results from last survey: 35% answered that they would like to see Theodore Roosevelt honored on a regular issue US coin. Click here for a complete breakdown.

What is a "pattern?" 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 Roosevelt dimes.

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Question: Where does the term bourse come from?

Answer: The word "bourse" is French for purse. It later became the word used to describe the French stock exchange (where the money goes in and out) and evolved from there into meaning a place where money is traded. It was adopted to mean a coin show or "bourse floor."
--Bruce Amspacher, PCGS

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The Bowers and Merena Tree Many Feathers Collection, scheduled for November 28th in Baltimore, MD, is one of the most exciting sales in recent memory, especially if you're interested in high quality US Patterns, copper, gold and early type coins. This sale will also bring to auction many other diverse properties from additional consignors. You can browse and bid on this auction online until November 26th. For more information about this incredible auction, please call 800-458-4646.

Highlights include:
1795 Half Dollar PCGS EF40 (Overton 116)
1964 Half Dollar 25% Off Center PCGS MS63
1888 Morgan Dollar PCGS PR65
1895-S Morgan Dollar PCGS MS64DMPL
1895 Quarter Eagle PCGS MS66
1861 $20 Liberty PCGS MS64
1879 Washlady Quarter J-1590 PCGS PR66 (Silver)
1879 Washlady Half Dollar J-1598 PCGS PR66RB (Copper)
1879 Metric Dollar Judd-1623 PCGS PR67RB (Bass)

Don't miss a day of Coin Collecting New and Views. Written every week day by Q. David Bowers, one of the country's most beloved numismatic writers, this column appears on the home page of the Bowers and Merena website. Dave offers some of his thoughts, observations, opinions, desires, and sentiments regarding different areas of numismatics as both a dealer and a collector. Make it a point to visit the Bowers and Merena website every day to see what's new!

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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