eCollector - July 29, 2003 | Vol. 4 Number 15 


Market Report

ANA Convention is This Week as Rare Coin Market Goes Double Nuclear
Baltimore is covered in numismatists as market soars to even higher levels. What areas are hot? Everything! 1895 silver dollar brings $120,750 at auction. Boone half dollar sells for nearly $30,000! 1795 half dime falls under the hammer for... read the story! ANA auction is this week with 1804 silver dollar and other treasures on the auction block. Click here to read on.

Set Registry Spotlight

The Leonardo Garcia Collection - The number one finest Platinum Eagles Complete Set (1997 to Present)
The Leonardo Garcia collection of Platinum Eagles (both Circulation Strikes and Proofs) was a Set Registry Award winner this year for Best New Set and with good reason. Leo also captured "Best of the Registry" certificates for having the number 1 set listed in 16 different categories! We'll just call him "Mr. Platinum" from now on. Congratulations! Click here to view his Complete Circulation Strike set. Click here to view his Complete Proof set.

As a valued member of the PCGS Set Registry program you and a guest are invited to attend a Set Registry Luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

David Hall, PCGS President, will give a brief discussion on future plans for the Set Registry. A special recognition will be made to the winners in attendance of the 2003 PCGS Set Registry Awards. Meet other registrants and members of the PCGS staff.

Date: Friday, August 1, 2003
Time: 12-2 p.m.

Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel
Harborview II Ballroom
300 South Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21201

Please RSVP BJ Searls, Set Registry Manager,
by July 16th: [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

Three Awesome Coins from the HIGH DESERT Type Set on Display!
Visit the PCGS booth at the ANA in Baltimore for a very special treat. The owner of the High Desert Type Set, the number one Complete U.S. Type Coin Set (1792-1964) in the Registry, picked three of his favorite coins for display... and these coins are nothing short of spectacular. Stop by the booth to view the finest PCGS graded 1818 Bust Quarter (MS67), an 1859 Seated Half Dollar in Proof 67 (1 of 3 graded), and the only 1900 Barber Half Dollar graded PCGS Proof 68 Deep Cameo. To see these coins out of the bank vault is worth the trip to Baltimore!

The weights for the Circulation Strikes Half Cents (both Basic and with Varieties) are currently being previewed. If you are a collector of these coins, please take a moment to review the proposed weights on the Set Registry News page. 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 Platinum Eagles set? Go to the Authorized Dealer link on PCGS and click on Modern 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

Mines of the Nation's First Gold Rush
When most people think of the "gold rush" they think of California and 1849. Roughly two decades earlier there was a gold rush in Georgia that led to the founding of the Dahlonega Mint, the Trail of Tears and many other events of historical importance. Sylvia Gailey Head, our favorite 100-year-old author, takes a look at those times. Click here to read more.

Collector's Survey

Below are five spectacular prices from the just-completed Heritage "Signature Sale" that took place between the MSNA and ANA conventions. Which one of the five is the most surprising/shocking/amazing/sensational/mind-boggling in your opinion?

  1. 1858 Flying Eagle Cent, Small Letters, PCGS PR66CAM $87,400
  2. 1795 Half Dime, PCGS MS67 $94,875
  3. 1918 Standing Liberty Quarter PCGS MS68FH $44,850
  4. 1895 Morgan Dollar PCGS PR68DCAM $120,750
  5. 1938 Boone Half Dollar PCGS MS68 $29,900

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

Results from last survey: 40% believe that the greatest coin market of all time is happening right now! Click here for a complete breakdown.

What is a bullion coin? 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 Platinum Eagles.

Our Readers Ask

Question: It appears that the turnaround times (in a very general sense) seem to be stabilizing. While I'm sure you and everyone else are not happy with the actual length of time, at least it's not continuing to increase.

First, would you agree with this statement? Second, in your opinion, is this due to:
  1. fewer coins being submitted?
  2. better flow/processing at PCGS?
  3. combination of the two?

Answer: The turn-around time on economy and modern is still creeping up. We have significantly increased our capacity, but the submissions have increased even more.

The market is hot!

Life... with the exception of economy turn around time... is good in the coin market!

-- 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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Quarterly Collectors Club Grading Special
The bird is the word! For this quarter (July 1-September 30, 2003) PCGS Collectors Club members may submit one 1856 Flying Eagle cent for free certification (authentication and grading). Regardless of whether it's a circulation strike or a Proof, your only cost will be the postage. Your 1856 "flying bird" will be graded through the Regular Service, which takes 15 days.

Bid Online in Bowers and Merena Galleries' ANA Auction!

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) World's Fair of Money® this year promises to be a spectacular event on a scale we have not seen in recent memory (or maybe ever!). The buzz about the event that will unfold July 30 through August 2 in Baltimore has electrified the coin collecting world with eager anticipation. Besides the extraordinary array of prized numismatics that will be offered, this event will be charged with history-making, once-in-a-lifetime attractions for the coin collectors of America and the world who are wise enough and lucky enough to attend. The 4,000+ lots to be featured in the official ANA auction conducted by Bowers and Merena are now online for viewing and bidding. Click here to view the online catalog!

Important Show Updates!

The ANA World's Fair of Money

Baltimore Convention Center
1 West Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD
July 30 - August 3

Show Info:
For more information on the ANA World's Fair of Money, visit

For more information on PCGS's list of services please contact customer service at 800-447-8847.

PCGS will be offering on-site grading. Representatives will be available to answer questions and accept submissions for all levels of service through Sunday.

Fees for on-site (same day/next day) service are:
  • $65 per coin (5 coins minimum per order) for coins valued $1500 or less.
  • $100 per coin for coins valued over $1500.

Cut-off time for same day/next day service is 12 noon on Saturday.

Show Schedule:
Wed. 7/30 - 10am - 7pm
Thu. 7/31 - 10am - 7pm
Fri. 8/01 - 10am - 7pm
Sat. 8/02 - 10am - 7pm
Sun. 8/03 - 10am - 3pm

Upcoming Shows

Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Exposition
Long Beach Convention Center
100 South Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA
September 17 - September 21

For more information regarding the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo please visit

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