eCollector - June 17, 2003 | Vol. 4 Number 12 


Market Report

Gold is on the Move Once More as Rare Coins Show Across-the-Board Strength
The strong dollar of last week has weakened once again against the euro. Gold is moving up but many investors are still on the sidelines. Coins of the 20th century remain hot, hot, hot! High-quality 19th century coins offer the best value, says one expert. Bowers & Merena Galleries "Sanctuary Sale" is next week. Click here to read more.

Set Registry Spotlight

White Fang - The Number One Finest Roosevelt Dime Basic Set, Proof (1965-present)
Last year, the Stokely Collection was awarded the 2002 Best of the Registry award for proof Roosevelt dimes. The set has since been retired and in its place, the White Fang collection has moved to the number one spot, not only for the best current set, but also for the best all-time set. Out of a possible 70.53 points, this set rating is nearly there with a rating of 70.44. 90% of the set is Pop-tops (the finest graded) and the 1975-S is the only Proof-70 graded! Out of a field of 47 other Roosie collectors, this is quite an accomplishment. Click here to enjoy.


Every year PCGS Set Registry Awards recognizes the top sets in the following categories:

  • The FIVE best CLASSIC sets: 1794-1964
  • The FIVE best MODERN sets: 1950 to date
  • The FIVE best NEW sets in 2003

  • In each category the collector with the finest set with at a least 50% completion will receive a "Best of the Registry" certificate.

    To recognize exceptional All-Time Finest sets, a number of all-time great sets will be inducted into the PCGS Set Registry Coin Collecting Hall of Fame. The contest winners and Hall of Fame inductees will be selected based on a vote of PCGS coin experts.

    Be sure to plan ahead! This year's deadline for set registration and updates is June 30, 2003. Winners will be awarded at the ANA Convention in Baltimore at a special PCGS Set Registry luncheon.

    Click here to view the winners from 2002.

    New set composites online include Early Mint and Proof Sets from 1903-1907; Large Cents Basic Set, Circulation Strikes 1816-1839; Large Cents Basic Set, Circulation Strikes 1839-1857; and Large Cents, Proof 1817-1857. The following sets have been weighted: Large Cents with Varieties, Circulation Strikes 1816-1839 and Large Cents with Varieties, Circulation Strikes 1839-1857. 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 Roosevelt dimes 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

    David Hall's Thoughts on Bull Markets
    PCGS founder, David Hall, reviews the Bull markets from 1961 to date and discusses where today's market may be heading. Click here to read more.

    Collector's Survey

    Most collectors are in agreement that the $20 St. Gaudens and the Walking Liberty half dollar are the prettiest designs in the world of American numismatics, but which motif wins the prize as the worst? Here are five designs that are usually considered to be among the least inspired. Which one of these five do you choose as the ugliest or most "vanilla?"

    1. The Susan B. Anthony dollar! This contest is over!
    2. The Three Cent Nickel! There's no "design" to it. Just a front and a back.
    3. The Hudson commemorative! The ship is nice, but what is that other side all about?
    4. The Carver/Washington commemorative! Two great Americans on an artistic disaster of a coin!
    5. The Monroe commemorative! The "Low Relief" motif makes for an overall poor coin design.

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

    Results from last survey: 24% believe that Liberty Seated condition rarities are the best deal on the market. Click here for a complete breakdown.

    What are Full Bands? 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 Roosevelt dimes.

    Our Readers Ask

    Question: Is there a specific reason why PL or DMPL designations are not awarded to classic or modern commemorative coins that meet the specificaions for such?

    Answer: There are so few commems that have PL surfaces that to designate them, give them a separate coin number, etc., seems like overkill to me.

    -- 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!


    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 Now in the Bowers and Merena Sanctuary Sale!
    But hurry -- online bidding closes June 24!

    A wide range of coins, from a doubled die 1916 Buffalo nickel to a Proof 1882 Trade Dollar, are currently being offered in "The Sanctuary Sale" by Bowers and Merena Galleries. The auction, named in honor of the firm's new office location, will be conducted in conjunction with the 22nd Annual MidAmerica Coin Expo in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, June 26 - 28, 2003. Online bidding is now underway. Click here to participate.

    Important Show Updates!

    MIDAMERICA Coin Expo

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

    PCGS will offer Show Service. Submit your coins on Thursday, June 26, by 5:00 p.m. for pick-up on Saturday, June 28.

    Special Show Service: $65 per coin valued at $1500 or less (5 coin minimum). $100 per coin for coins over $1500 in value.

    Representatives will also be available to answer questions and accept submissions for all levels of service through Saturday.

    Show Schedule:
    Thur. 6/26 - 10am - 6pm
    Fri. 6/27 - 10am - 6pm
    Sat. 6/28 - 10am - 6pm
    Sun. 6/29 - 10am - 2pm
    (PCGS will not attend on Sunday)

    The 31st Annual Maryland State Numismatic Assoc. Convention and Coin Show (Pre ANA)

    Ramada Hotel Exhibition Center
    8500 Annapolis Rd.
    New Carrollton, MD
    July 26-July 28

    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 Sunday.

    Show Schedule:
    Sat. 7/26 - 10am - 6pm
    Sun. 7/27 - 10am - 6pm
    Mon. 7/28 - 10am - 4pm
    (PCGS will not attend on Monday)

    Upcoming Shows

    ANA World's Fair of Money
    Baltimore Convention Center
    1 West Pratt Street
    Baltimore, MD
    July 30-August 3

    For more information regarding the ANA World's Fair of Money please visit

    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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