eCollector - Dec. 3, 2002 | Vol. 3 Number 25 


Market Report

Market Sparkles as 2003 Nears; PCGS Set Registry Coins, Peace Dollars, DMPL Morgans Among the Leaders
Impact from Santa Clara show still reverberating. Pretty coins, DMPL dollars, type coins, PCGS Set Registry coins -- you name it, it's hot! Peace dollars join the surge in prices and interest. Dealers s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g to locate inventory. Bowers & Merena "Rarities Sale" is January 7th. Click here to read more.

Set Registry Spotlight

Andrea Lijoi Collection - The Number One Finest Olympics Modern Commemoratives, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1995-1996)
Three of Andrea's coins are perfect and grade Mint State 70! As a testament, this collector has loaded images of these three coins for your viewing pleasure. Click here to view this outstanding set of Modern Commemoratives.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! You are invited to a PCGS Set Registry Reception. If you are a Set Registry participant, you will soon receive an e-mail invitation to a reception being held Friday, January 10th at the FUN Show in Orlando, Florida. Shake hands with David Hall and learn how the Set Registry concept came about. Also meet Set Registry Manager, BJ Searls, Collectors Club Manager, Carol Bennett, and many other fine PCGS employees. We look forward to the opportunity to thank you for your participation in the Set Registry program.

Check out the weighting preview on the Set Registry News page for the following sets: Four Dollar Gold, Three Cent Nickels, Liberty Nickels, Two Cent Pieces, Shield Nickels, and Three Cent Silvers. If your expertise is in one of those categories, send us your feedback if you feel a weight for a particular coin should be changed. You'll also find the weighting queue and other updates on the Set Registry News page.

In January, PCGS will launch the new Canadian Coin Set Registry at the New York International Numismatic Convention. The first sets listed will be those of the incredible Belzberg Collection, the finest Canadian coin collection ever assembled. The Belzberg Collection goes up for sale by Heritage Numismatic Auctions on January 13th in New York City. Click here for details.

Fun, educational, and sometimes controversial, the PCGS Set Registry Messageboard remains the number one informative coin forum on the Internet. 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 PCGS Set RegistryTM is a work in progress. If you have any suggestions or comments please email [email protected].

Building a Modern 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 1,000 dealers in the PCGS Authorized Dealer listings.

Expert's Corner

Modern Commemoratives: The New Hot Market
Commemorative coins have always been popular with collectors, but thanks to PCGS grading, the Internet and the Set Registry, the modern commem market is now red hot and has a great future. Coin expert David Hall points out some of the "best bets" in this growing market. Click here to read more.

Collector's Survey
Found it! Some coins are so rare that they're unknown in any condition and may not exist. Which one of these five ultra-rarities would you want to own if you couldn't sell it? Yes, there is a fantasy piece thrown into this fantasy.

  1. The 1841-O $5 gold piece. Supposedly there were 50 pieces struck and this date is still listed in the Red Book.
  2. The 1873-S Liberty Seated dollar. Supposedly 700 were struck, but they were unknown in any collection until you found yours.
  3. The 1895 Morgan dollar circulation strike. An unquestioned circulation strike, with frosty MS67+ surfaces.
  4. The 1909-S V.D.B. Lincoln cent struck in gold. King Midas himself would cackle to own this treasure.
  5. The 1964 Peace dollar. Yours would be legal to own and certified as PCGS MS69!

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

Results from last survey: 33% believe that the current strength of the rare coin market is only the beginning, and we're in for a major bull market in the coming years. Click here for a complete breakdown.

What's 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 Modern Commemoratives.

Our Readers Ask

Question: I have seen a few PCGS coins listed with the Cherry Picker number. Does PCGS plan to do this for a larger range of known varieties (FS, Breen, Cohen, Overton, etc.)?

Answer: The variety question is complex. It's pretty obvious to us that many of our customers and many Set Registry participants want us to recognize more varieties and include more varieties in the Set Registry.

The concept I struggle with is that there are varieties and then there are varieties, if you know what I mean. Some varieties take a lot of imagination to see. I remember the Heritage auction when Tom McCarroll bought the MS65 1914/3 Buffalo nickel for pretty big money and stated that he thought it was a "concept" coin. This particular variety is one I still don't understand. I look and look and look and I still can't see it. But the numismatic community recognizes it and so we do.

We will be reviewing the entire variety concept and we will send all of our Registry participants, authorized dealers, and Collectors Club members a survey inviting their input on what the PCGS "variety recognition policy" should be.

In the old days, the "discovery" and subsequent Red Book inclusion of a new variety was big news. Now some of the newly listed varieties seem to be confusing. We'll check it out and give you a forum (survey, etc.) to help us do what makes the most sense in terms of variety recognition.

-- David Hall, Professional Coin Grading Service

Do you have a question you would like to ask our experts? Click here.
Or, visit the PCGS messageboards, the most active coin forums online.

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F.U.N. Show
Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Drive
Orlando, FL
January 8 - 12, 2003

New York International Numismatic Show
Waldorf Astoria Hotel
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY
January 16 - 19, 2003

F.U.N. Show: PCGS will be accepting coins for on-site grading at the F.U.N. show.

Take advantage of PCGS' Show Service!
  • Special Show Service -- $65 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.

    New York Show: PCGS will be accepting coins at all grading levels at the show. Coins submitted at the show will be graded by PCGS and returned via mail.

    For more information about any of these shows, contact as below:
  • F.U.N. show: visit or call 407-321-8747.
  • New York show: call 414-421-3484.
  • For more information about PCGS grading at the shows, call 800-447-8848.
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