eCollector - April 22, 2003 | Vol. 4 Number 8 


Market Report

Central States Convention on the Horizon as Key Dates and Collector Coins Remain Ultra-Hot
Central States convention is only a week away. Key dates and PR69DCAM (and better) modern issues in huge demand. The word is in from historic Dahlonega. Collector-driven market means set building is on the rise. New numismatic book is extremely well-received. Click here to read more.

Set Registry Spotlight

The Cardinal Collection - The Number One Finest Early Dollars with Varieties Circulation Strikes (1794-1803)
We are proud indeed to present the Cardinal Collection, truly one of the most magnificent collections listed in the Registry. This collector has provided wonderful images of each coin, many of them Pop Tops (the highest graded for the date). Click here to view this extraordinary set. If you would like to examine each one of these coins first-hand, you are invited to visit the PCGS booth at the Long Beach Show at the end of May where the entire Cardinal Collection will be on display!

This is the last week to send your Roosies to PCGS for a designation review at a lower rate! Beginning April 1st, PCGS began applying the Full Band designation to Roosevelt dimes. Until April 30, 2003 you can submit your Roosevelt dimes for a designation review at the special low fee of $5.00 per coin. But hurry! Your shipment must be postmarked by April 30, 2003. For more information, e-mail PCGS Customer Service at [email protected]. (Please note that if you had a Roosevelt dime set listed in the Registry as of March 11, 2003, those coins are entitled to a free review.)

New set composites online include Early Mint Sets from 1917-1922, Early Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1794-1803), Early $2-1/2 Gold, Proof (1821-1839), Liberty $5 Gold Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1839-1908), Liberty $5 Gold with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1839-1908), Liberty $5 Gold, Proof (1839-1858), Liberty $5 Gold, Proof (1859-1907), Early $10 Gold Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1795-1804), Early $10 Gold with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1795-1804). The Early Dollars with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1794-1803) and the Early Dollars, Proof (1801-1804) have been weighted. The 2003 Gold and Platinum Eagles have been added to the Circulation Strike and Proof set composites and the 2003 Sacagawea Dollars have been added to the Circulation Strike set composite. 2003 coins are listed as optional until December, 2003, when they will be required. To learn more, visit the Set Registry News page for frequent updates.

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 e-mail [email protected].

Building an Early Dollars 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 1,000 dealers in the PCGS Authorized Dealer listings.

PCGS Expert's Corner

The Eliasberg Collection
Louis Eliasberg is the only collector to have achieved the "impossible" dream of assembling a complete collection of U.S. coins. Although his collection has been broken up and sold in the years following his death, the set he built remains a legend in the annals of coin collecting. To acknowledge this fact, the PCGS Set Registry has begun adding the Eliasberg coins. Click here to read more.

Collector's Survey
It's set-building day! You have a great deal of money in your coin-buying account but it's not unlimited. You've narrowed down your collecting choices to the five below. Which one do you choose?

  1. A complete set of Carson City gold! Historic, rare and challenging!
  2. A complete set of San Francisco gold! I may never find the 1854-S $5, but I'll locate everything else!
  3. A complete set of New Orleans gold! The $20 pieces can be particularly tough and the 1841-O $5 probably doesn't exist, but I'll go for it anyway!
  4. A complete set of Charlotte and Dahlonega gold! This is the most popular set and I'm going with the crowd!
  5. A complete gold type set! The beauty of those Small Eagle coins makes my mouth water!

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

Results from last survey: 45% chose Morgan dollars as the silver design that looks the prettiest in DCAM. Click here for a complete breakdown.

What is a "transitional issue?" Find out in Lingo, the PCGS dictionary of numismatic definitions. Click here for Lingo.

Subscribe to the online PCGS Population ReportSM 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 Early Dollars (1794-1804).

Our Readers Ask

Question: Do you feel the consistency in grading at the shows is equal to the coins which are graded at the office? It sounds like there was some major disappointment with grading by some dealers at the [Long Beach] show. As time goes by, is it harder to get coins to upgrade because many if not most of the coins graded years ago have already been regraded? And, lastly, do graders break out the grading set from time to time to check themselves?

Answer: I think that grading is fairly consistent at both shows and in the office. We do have the fluctuations that are part of the process of humans applying somewhat subjective judgments to their final grades. Dealers complain at every show, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. I've had knowledgeable dealers tell me at shows that our grading was horrible, and then other knowledgeable dealers at the same show tell me that grading was right on. It's all very subjective and the dealers are always personally involved in their coins. However, I'm sure some shows... and some days in the grading room... may be better than others.

Contrary to what some believe, we really don't think about it like that. We just try to grade the coins the best we can... every day... in the office, or at a show.

-- 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.

Join the PCGS Collectors Club ...Enjoy the Benefits!
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Oh, that magic Carson City mintmark! It brings back the history of the American West, the Comstock Lode and times when coins were made out of silver and gold. For the second quarter special of 2003 (April 1-June 30) Collectors Club members may submit one Carson City coin of any denomination for FREE grading and authentication by the PCGS experts. All you have to pay for is the postage. Each coin will be handled through the Regular Service, which takes 15 business days. This offer is available to Gold and Platinum level Collectors Club members only.

Bid Online in
Lyn Knight Currency Auctions' Spring 2003 Sale!

Hurry -- online bidding for Lyn Knight Currency Auctions' Spring 2003 sale closes this week! This auction features the finest in U.S. paper money including:

  • The Gerald Loegler Collection of Alabama National Bank Notes
  • The Mike Ziegler Collection of U.S. Currency
  • A Rebel's Collection of CSA

To view the lots in this sale and bid online, click here.

Important Show Updates!

Chicago International Coin Fair
Holiday Inn O'Hare
5440 North River Road
Rosemont, IL
April 24-27

Central States Numismatic Society Convention
America's Center
701 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101
May 1-4

Chicago Coin Fair: Have your coins graded by PCGS and save on one-way postage! You may also submit your coins to all PCGS grading service levels. Your PCGS-graded coins will be mailed back to you.

  • Thur. 4/24 - 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 4/25 - 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 4/26 - 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 4/27 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    (PCGS will not attend on Sunday)

Central States Numismatic Convention: PCGS will be offering walk through Service. You may also submit your coins to all PCGS grading service levels. Your PCGS-graded coins will be mailed back to you.

Walk through Service
  • $65.00 per coin (5 coin minimum per order) for coins valued under $1500.00
  • $100.00 per coin for coins valued over $1,500.00

For more information regarding the Chicago International Coin Fair & Central States Show, call 414-421-3484.

Upcoming Shows

Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition
Long Beach Convention Center
100 South Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA
May 28-June 1

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL
June 26-29

For more information regarding the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo, call 562-436-3636.

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