eCollector - Jan. 14, 2003 | Vol. 4 Number 1 


Market Report

F.U.N. Show is Smashing Success as Price Records Fall in Auction Rooms and on Bourse Floor
What's more incredible than incredible? F.U.N. 2003! 20th century coins, gold, DMPL dollars on FIRE! Reed Hawn 1913 Liberty nickel trades. 1911 Canadian dollar realizes $690,000. 1795 Heraldic Eagle $5 gold brings $241,500. Other records include... read the story! Kingswood "Lincoln" sale ends January 16th. Click here to read more.

Set Registry Spotlight

Jim Coleman - The Number One Finest Gold Eagles $10 Circulation Strikes (1986-present)
Jim's set was a 2002 Set Registry Award winner, at the time tied with six other sets, but since July, Jim has managed to secure the number one position by edging the competition out by .04 points. Jim concentrates on Gold and Platinum Eagles and has a number of complete sets in the Registry. Click here to view this award-winning set.

The new Canadian Coin Set Registry went live today with a formal launch planned for Friday, January 17th at the New York International Numismatic Convention. The first sets listed are those of the incredible Belzberg Collection, the finest Canadian coin collection ever assembled. The Belzberg Collection was auctioned yesterday by Heritage Numismatic Auctions in New York City. If you are a Canadian coin collector using the Registry, please forward all comments and suggestions to [email protected]. We look forward to your feedback!

A good time was had at the PCGS Set Registry Reception held last Friday evening at the F.U.N. show in Florida. Thanks all who attended. It was great seeing old friends and meeting new ones. This first reception was so much fun, that you can look forward to PCGS hosting more events like this one in the future.

2002 coinage is now required for modern sets and is available to use in the modern type sets. You'll find all this information and other updates on the Set Registry News page.

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 Eagles set? Go to the Authorized Dealer link on PCGS and click on Gold Coins 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

Gem DMPL Carson City Dollars: Hot, Beautiful and on the Move!
There are only 13 dates in the series, but they're complex and loaded with rarities. Early issues show unusual "flat breast" reverse. Prices vary widely depending on the overall eye appeal. Some dates are unknown in MS65DMPL. Depth of mirrors and strike can show great variances. Collector interest never seems to wane. Click here to read more.

Collector's Survey
We've had questions in the past about the prettiest commemorative (the Oregon Trail) or the most beautiful 20th century coin (the Walking Liberty half dollar), but what coin wins the prize of "best of all categories?" Here are five gorgeous choices for your consideration.

  1. The Flying Eagle cent. A beautiful tan-red Gem (Proof or BU) is unparalleled!
  2. The Walking Liberty half dollar. A superb Proof or a superb BU -- either way this coin wins!
  3. The $20 High Relief. The MCMVII is #1 with me!
  4. The Oregon Trail half dollar. Nothing can compete with this incredible design!
  5. Something else! The first four choices are great, but I have a favorite that didn't make the list.

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

Results from last survey: Our "desert island" question ended in a tie! If marooned with only one numismatic item to read, 41% would select "The History of United States Coinage as Illustrated by the Garrett Collection" by Q. David Bowers, while another 41% would select "Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Proof Coins." Click here for a complete breakdown.

What is "flip rub?" 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 $10 Liberty gold coins.

Our Readers Ask

Question: If the obverse of a particular coin is a Good 6 and the reverse is a AG03, will the PCGS grade of the coin be a Good 04? What makes the coin a better grade, the obverse or the reverse?

Answer: On the coin you describe the split is quite pronounced, so there is no clear answer. It would depend on whether the AG03 side was high end or low end... I'm not kidding, no matter how absurd that sounds. If it was high end, then the GD04 grade is probably appropriate.

In general the obverse is a little more important than the reverse.

-- 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!
If you love collecting coins, the PCGS Collectors Club is for you. Members enjoy direct access to all PCGS grading services, complimentary PCGS gradings and a wealth of essential information. All PCGS Collectors Club Members enjoy access to all Collectors Universe auctions, eShops and messageboards and the eZines of their choice. Joining is quick and easy. Just click here or call PCGS Customer Service at 800-447-8848. Do it today!


Online Bidding for the Kingswood Lincoln Sale Ends This Week!

The Kingswood Coin Auctions Lincoln Sale offers choice, rare, and valuable coins of the United States plus some interesting paper money all graded by PCGS, NGC and CGA. In a word, each piece is interesting. Whether you're a collecting veteran or if you've just started in the world's greatest hobby, Kingswood welcomes you and invites you to participate. The Lincoln Sale ends Thursday, January 16, 2003, at 10 p.m. Eastern Time (7:00 p.m. Pacific Time). Click here to participate.


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

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

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.

Long Beach Show: On-site grading: PCGS will be accepting coins for on-site grading at the Long Beach show.
  • 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 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, February 26*, through 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. Your PCGS-graded coins will be mailed to you following the show.

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.
(PCGS will not be attending on Sunday but the show will be open)
For more information about any of these shows, contact as below:

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

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