eCollector - May 7, 2002 | Vol. 3 Number 10 

Market Report

Market Strength Continues to be Widespread as Demand for Quality Coins Exceeds Supply
Auction and bourse activity is extremely strong in many areas. White silver dollars, commemoratives, full red copper coins and Proof Walking Liberty half dollars are super-hot. Attractive prices lead to renewed interest in rare date gold. Kingswood "Holderness" sale closes May 9. Click here to read more.

Set Registry Spotlight

Tom McCarroll - The All-Time Finest Buffalo Nickel Set - Circulation Strikes
Just a few points away from being the very best possible set that could ever be built, this set leaves little room for improvement. This set boasts eight of the finest known examples of Buffalo nickels: 1913-S Type 1 MS68, 1913-S Type 2 MS67, 1915-D MS67, 1920-S MS66, 1924-D MS66, 1924-S MS66, 1925-D MS66, 1929-D MS67. What more can we say? Click here to view the best of the best.

There are currently 2,633 sets registered, with over 875 participants! The First Annual PCGS Set Registry Awards program is underway. Weekly, the current standings in various categories are posted on the awards web page. Click here to review who currently holds the number one sets in the nickels category.

We are in the process of weighting sets, removing varieties from Basic Sets, and adding Sets with Varieties. Previews of proposed weighting are posted on the Set Registry News page for at least a week prior to actually making the changes. This is allowing registrants time to review the changes and submit feedback. All 20th Century Type Sets have now been weighted as well as Proof and Circulation Strike Morgan Dollars. The new Prooflike Morgan Dollar sets are now online and available for data entry.

Fun, informative, and sometimes controversial, the PCGS Set Registry Messageboard remains the number one 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 Buffalo nickels set? Go to the Authorized Dealer link on PCGS and click on Nickel Coinage 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

Nickel Reflections
Five cents may not be able to buy you a movie ticket anymore, but that doesn't mean that the nickel has no value. On the contrary, the different five-cent pieces are among the most interesting and significant coins in all of the numismatic world. Leading coin expert Q. David Bowers conducts this five-cent tour of one of his favorite coin series. Click here to read more.

Collector's Survey

Buffalo nickels have always been a popular collectible and right now they are white hot as collector demand is at an all-time high. Since a top-quality set is a $200,000+ expenditure if you include the 1918/7-D overdate, which collecting option would you choose on a somewhat limited (but still fairly ample) budget?

  1. I would build a complete set of the Philadelphia issues in the best possible condition. MS66, MS67, beautiful nickel-blue color, full strikes -- super coins all the way!
  2. Gem Proofs! There are only eight coins in the set counting both of the 1913 varieties and both of the 1936 finishes. Besides that, the premiums for PR66 and PR67 coins are relatively small. Great set!
  3. A complete set in MS64 without the overdate. MS64 quality is still plenty nice for me, plus completing the set is quite important.
  4. Overdates and die varieties. Why not have a specialized collection with a great 3-Legged nickel, a nice quality 1918/7-D, the best 1916/16 I could find and so forth.
  5. A super-Gem "short set." If you start in the late 1920s the coins aren't too expensive, so why not build a 1929-38PDS set in immaculate condition and top it off with a Gem 3-Legger!

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

Results from last survey: 38% would choose to collect Barber half dollars in Gem Mint State, if building a collection of Barber coins with no financial restrictions. Click here for a complete breakdown.

What is a Buffalo nickel? 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 Buffalo nickels.

Our Readers Ask

Question: Recently I have been seeing Type 1 and Type 2 varieties of the 1956 Proof Franklin Halves. What is the difference and the values?

Answer: The Type 1 1956 Proof Franklin Halves have a weakly defined eagle to the right of the Liberty Bell. The Type 2 has a sharply defined eagle. 1956 was a transition year for the hubs of the Proof Franklin Halves, with added definition being provided to the design.

-- Rick Montgomery, PCGS

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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Don't miss out! The Holderness Sale, which abounds with choice, PCGS-certified coins and over 100 lots of currency, will close May 9, 2002, at 7 p.m. Pacific Time. This is your last chance to participate! Click here to browse and to bid.


The latest Bowers & Merena Express Internet Auction is online now with over 250 lots of rare and exciting U.S. coins. All are certified by PCGS and/or NGC and await your bidding consideration. Bidding closes May 15, 2002, at 7 p.m. Pacific Time.

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Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition
Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, CA
June 5 - 8, 2002

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.

    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 Wednesday, June 5*, through 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. Your PCGS-graded coins will be mailed to you following the show.

    *Wednesday, June 5 is Dealer Set Up Day. We'll be accepting submissions from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on June 5. Check with the show promoter for access to the facility.

    Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition Show Hours are as follows:

    Dealer schedule Public schedule
    Wed. 6/5 (Set up) 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
    Thur. 6/6 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.Thur. 6/6 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Fri. 6/7 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.Fri. 6/7 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Sat. 6/8 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.Sat. 6/8 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    For more information about PCGS grading at the show, call 800-447-8848.
    For more information about the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition, call 805-962-9939 or go to

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