eCollector - Nov. 4, 2003 | Vol. 4 Number 21 


Finest Known 1884 Trade Dollar on Auction Block; Demand for Gold Coins Soars
Dunham/Starr 1884 Trade dollar in Heritage sale this week. PCGS PR67 example is finest known. Coins with eye appeal dominate type coin market. Demand for certified gold coins is extremely high as call for "physicals" grows in leaps and bounds. Click here to read on.

Set Registry Spotlight

Cosmicdebris Mint Only Set - The Number One Collectors Mint Set, Circulation Strikes (1970-2000)
Cosmicdebris petitioned to get this set composite listed in the Registry and now we know why! His set ranks number one by a long shot. The "Mint Set Only" set consists of the 20 coins that have been issued exclusively in Mint Sets since 1970 and demonstrates great examples of modern coinage. Cosmicdebris has treated us with images of every single coin so click here to view and enjoy.

The following new set compositions have been added to the Registry: Liberty Seated Dimes, Proof (1837-1857); Liberty Seated Dimes, Proof (1858-1891); Early Half Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1794-1839); and Early Half Dollars with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1794-1839). Visit the Set Registry News page for frequent updates.

Euro Coin Set Registry Coming This Week!
In January, 1999, the Euro was introduced as the new single European currency after years of planning and coordination. Beginning in January, 2002, the new Euro replaced all the currency in circulation within 12 countries of the European Union. There are now 15 countries using Euros. The obverses of the coins are the same for all countries and include a stylized map of Europe, the European stars, and the denomination. The reverses of all the coins are struck with designs chosen by the issuing government. This preserves the national coinage of each member country while still achieving the goal of a unified currency, with common denominations and a fixed exchange rate between countries. Most countries in the union have announced the issue of official sets, either uncirculated, proof or both. Consequently, there are many ways to collect and enjoy the new Euros! Watch the PCGS Set Registry for the link to the Euro Registry sometime in the next few days.

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 Collectors Mint Set? Go to the Authorized Dealer link on PCGS and click on U.S. 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

The Coloration of Dahlonega Gold Coins
Did the historic gold coins of the Dahlonega Mint come from gold mined in the great Georgia gold rush? As a matter of fact, some of them did and some of them didn't. Carl Lester takes a look at the different gold compositions that make up this highly-collected series. Click here to read more.

Collector's Survey

It's fantasy time! Which one of these five coins would you like to own the most, with the understanding that you could never sell it (no matter how hard the other collectors begged you)?

  1. 1884-O Morgan dollar, PCGS MS69 DMPL. Heavy cameo frost on a perfect cheek with candy-colored iridescence at the rim.
  2. 1936 Walking Liberty half dollar, PCGS PR69 DCAM. Heavy cameo frost, a full strike and gorgeous rainbow colors around the periphery.
  3. 1936 Mercury dime, PCGS PR69 DCAM. The whitest frost imaginable against deep mirror fields of perfection.
  4. 1921 Peace dollar, PCGS MS68. Ice-white surfaces with thick "just struck" luster and full central detail with every hair strand completely defined.
  5. 1927 $20 St. Gaudens, PCGS MS69. Blinding luster, incredible surfaces and orange and pink toning in multi-shades of splendor.

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

Results from last survey: A coin dealer calls to tell you that he has an exciting new coin that might be of interest to you. How do you feel about it? 38% said it depends -- if the coin is on a want list it's one thing, but an unsolicited call is unwanted. Click here for a complete breakdown.

What are the different meanings of "mint set?" 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 Ike Dollars.

Our Readers Ask

Question: Does PCGS recognize the 1918-D Walking Liberty half dollar without initials as a variety? What about the other dates that were struck without initials? Do you think there is any collector interest in Walking Liberty varieties?

Answer: We do not recognize any of the designer missing varieties for U.S. coins. I haven't seen a lot of interest in Walker varieties; however there is a huge amount of collector interest in regular issue Walkers.

-- David Hall, Professional Coin Grading Service

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Or, visit the PCGS messageboards, the most active coin forums online.

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Quarterly Collectors Club Grading Special
One hundred is your lucky number for the fourth quarter of 2003! Collectors Club members can send in any coin that celebrates the 100th anniversary of something for free certification by PCGS. This offer is good from October 1 through December 31, 2003. All you have to pay for is the postage. What coins qualify? The Alabama commem, the Arkansas commem (to name a couple of the many commems) and even the 1909 Lincoln cent (the 100th anniversary of Honest Abe's birth). Each coin (you're limited to one, of course) will be graded and authenticated through the Regular Service, which takes 15 business days. This offer is for Gold and Platinum Members only.

Important Show Updates!

Santa Clara Coin, Stamp, and Collectibles Expo

Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
November 21-23, 2003

Show Info:
For more information on the Santa Clara Expo, call 805-962-9939 or visit

For more information on PCGS's list of services please contact customer service at 800-447-8848.

PCGS will have representatives available to answer questions and accept submissions for all levels of service through Saturday.

On-site grading and/or courier service will not be offered at this show.

Show Schedule:
Fri. 11/21 - 10am - 7pm
Sat. 11/22 - 10am - 7pm
Sun. 11/23 - 10am - 3pm
PCGS will not attend the show on Sunday.

Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention

Baltimore Convention Center
1 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
December 5-7, 2003

Show Info:
For more information on the Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention, click here.

For more information on PCGS's list of services please contact customer service at 800-447-8848.

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

Fees for Show Service (on-site grading) are:
  • $65 per coin for coins valued $1500 or less
  • $100 per coin for coins valued over $1500

Cut-off time for Show Service (on-site grading) is 12 noon on Saturday.

Show Service turnaround is not guaranteed. Check with a PCGS Representative for daily turnaround times.

Show Schedule:
Fri. 12/5 - 10am - 7pm
Sat. 12/6 - 10am - 7pm
Sun. 12/7 - 10am - 4pm
PCGS will not attend the show on Sunday.

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