eCollector - Feb. 25, 2003 | Vol. 4 Number 4 


Market Report

It's Long Beach Week! Gold Joins the Party Once Again as Market Sizzles
Long Beach show opens to the public on Thursday. Southern California swarming with enthusiastic numismatists. Gold coins showing strong recovery. Kingswood "Meredith" sale is now online, featuring the Larry Shapiro collection. Bowers & Merena Baltimore auction is now online as well, with huge and diversified three-day sale. Click here to read more.

Set Registry Spotlight

Montgomery Collection - The Number One Finest Gold Commemoratives 11 Piece Set Circulation Strikes (1903-1926)
This very high grade gold commemorative set sits in the number one spot with a GPA of 65.76. A PCGS Set Registry award winner for 2002, this set contains 11 little gold coins that pack a big punch. Two coins are Mint State 67, seven are Mint State 66, and two are Mint State 65. The Montgomery Collection is top notch! Click here to view this great set of gold commemoratives.

New varieties have been added to the following variety sets: Indian Cents, Lincolns, Buffalo Nickels, Jeffersons, and Washington Quarters. The following new sets are now online and available for data entry: 1970-1984 Proof Sets and 1970-1979 Mint Sets. The Carson City Gold set has been weighted and the One Dollar Gold and Three Dollar Gold set weighting proposals are available for preview. 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 a gold commemoratives 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

The Intriguing Story of a Great Historical Coin
The 1850 Baldwin & Company "Horseman" $10 Gold Piece is a masterpiece, a true numismatic work of art that is both beautiful and collectible. The story behind the Horseman -- one of political intrigue and deception set against the backdrop of the Gold Rush-era American West -- is no less intriguing than the coin itself. Click here to read about the history of this monumental coin.

Collector's Survey
You have unlimited funds (all right!) and you've decided to build a collection that's a little bit on the esoteric side. It will be challenging, fun and beautiful upon completion. Which of these five areas do you choose to collect to build the greatest set of all time?

  1. Colonials! Massachusetts silver and state copper and Fugio cents and everything else in the Red Book.
  2. Patterns! The great designs that "could have been," in copper, nickel, silver, gold and other metals.
  3. Territorial gold! Miner's Bank, the Horseman $10, and a complete set of $50 gold pieces by die variety.
  4. California gold Fractionals! Historic little beauties and lots of rarities.
  5. Tokens and medals! There are a zillion treasures to discover here and a lot to learn. Gorgeous!

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

Results from last survey: An amazing 78% of respondents said that thumbprints on copper are what they hate most in numismatics. Click here for a complete breakdown.

What's a "slider?" 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 gold commemoratives.

Our Readers Ask

Question: Grading Proof coins for me is difficult because they all look great, however as time has gone on I have begun to notice differences. Does slight haze around the surface edge of a Proof coin affect the grade? How about a coin with no hair lines but two light very small contact marks?

Answer: The slight haze that is sometimes seen around the edges of Proof coins is a slight negative for eye appeal. I believe a few minor hairlines are much more acceptible than actual contact marks. Of course, everything depends on size and severity.

Actually, the grading services perform a collateral educational service for all collectors. All you need to do to get a real good picture of what grading standards are is to go to a coin show and look at a whole bunch of certified coins. Check out a few hundred PCGS graded Proofs and you'll get a good idea of what PCGS looks for in each grade level.

-- 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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The Collections of Craig N. Smith and George William Youngman
In Conjunction with the Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention

Baltimore, Maryland March 13-15, 2003 Online Now!

Bowers and Merena's current auction, featuring the collections of Craig N. Smith and George William Youngman, brings together a wide range of numismatic items from many important consignors. Online pre-sale bidding ends Tuesday, March 11th at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time. All lots will be sold at public auction March 13-15th in Baltimore, Maryland. Click here to view the complete auction schedule. To browse the lots in this sale and to bid online, click here.

The Meredith Sale

Welcome to the Kingswood Coin Auctions Meredith Sale! Continuing through the alphabetical list of New Hampshire towns, Kingswood has reached the mid-point with this, the 13th Kingswood Coin Auctions sale conducted with Collectors Universe. The present sale offers examples for many different budgets and collecting interests -- from colonials to modern commemoratives and gold bullion issues of exceptional quality. Online bidding is now underway! Click here to participate.


Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition
Long Beach Convention Center
100 S. Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA
February 26 - March 2, 2003

Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention
Baltimore Convention Center
1 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD
March 13 - 16, 2003

On-site grading: PCGS will be accepting coins for on-site grading at both the Long Beach and Baltimore shows.
  • Special Show Service -- $65 per coin valued at $1,500 or less
  • Standard Show Service -- $100 per coin
  • Other Services: Coins may be submitted to all other PCGS grading levels at the shows.

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. Your PCGS-graded coins will be mailed to you following the show.

Long Beach Show Dates and Hours: *Wednesday, February 26 is Dealer Set Up Day. We'll be accepting submissions from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. February 26. Check with the show promoter for access to the facility.

Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition Show Hours are as follows:
Dealer schedulePublic schedule
Wed. 2/26 (Set up) 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
Thur. 2/27 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.Thur. 2/27 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Fri. 2/28 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.Fri. 2/28 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sat. 3/1 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.Sat. 3/1 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sun. 3/2 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.Sun. 3/2 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Baltimore Show Dates and Hours: March 14 - 16, 2003
Public schedule
  • Fri. 3/14 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 3/15 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 3/16 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For more information about any of these shows, contact as below:

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

Upcoming Shows

2003 ANA National Money Show
Charlotte Convention Center
Charlotte, NC
March 21-23

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. Your PCGS-graded coins will be mailed back to you.

Public schedule
  • Fri. 3/21 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 3/22 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 3/2310 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For more information call 719-632-2646 or go to

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