eCollector - Oct. 21, 2003 | Vol. 4 Number 20 


Gold Hot, Ford Collection Hotter as Market Sizzles in October Heat
Part one of John J. Ford collection realizes $5.6 million. CSA half dollar sells for $632,500! Two of the four known Continental Dollars in silver sell for record prices. Dealer-to-dealer action is red-hot at New Silver Dollar show despite low public attendance. Silver dollars, Walkers and gold are highly active areas of the market. Click here to read on.

Set Registry Spotlight

JB3 Collection - The Number One Modern Commemoratives, Proof (1982-present) Set
This year the award winner for 2003 for the Modern Commemoratives Proof Set was the JB3 Collection. There is good reason this set is sitting in the number one spot; 63 of the 87 coins required in the set are "Top-Pops" (the finest graded) and two are the single finest graded! With the popularity the modern commemorative series has seen the last two years, the competition in the Registry is intense. Congratulations to the JB3 Collection, the best of 31 sets registered. Click here to view this great, high quality set.

The weights for the Liberty Seated Dimes, Proof (1837-1857) and Liberty Seated Dimes, Proof (1858-1891) 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.

Liberty Seated Dollars, Proof (1836-1873) have been weighted. The following new set compositions have been added to the Registry: Liberty Seated Half Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1839-1891); Liberty Seated Half Dollars with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1839-1891); Liberty Seated Half Dollars, Proof (1839-1857); Liberty Seated Half Dollars, Proof (1858-1891); Liberty Seated Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1840-1873); Liberty Seated Dollars, Proof (1836-1857); Liberty Seated Dollars, Proof (1858-1873); Barber Series Complete Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1892-1916); Barber Series Complete Set with Varieties and 1894-S 10C, Circulation Strikes (1892-1916); and Barber Series Complete Set, Proof (1892-1915). 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 Proof modern 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

Short, Completable Sets of United States Gold Coinage
When completing a set, many gold coin collectors reach a point where they are waiting on extremely expensive and/or difficult-to-locate issues. A good solution for the collector who wants to remain active in the market is to start on a short, completable set that can be worked on while waiting for the big ticket items. Click here to read more.

Collector's Survey

Ring-a-ding! There's the telephone, and it's a coin dealer calling to tell you that he has an exciting new coin that might be of interest to you. Is such a call unabashed telemarketing or is it great customer service from a caring dealer? How do you feel about it?

  1. If someone calls me up to sell me something it's telemarketing any way that you look at it and I'm against the intrusion!
  2. It depends! If the coin is on my want list it's one thing, but an unsolicited call is unwanted.
  3. I don't mind! I don't exactly welcome such aggressiveness most of the time but maybe the dealer really has something new that I want.
  4. I welcome the call! The fact that the dealer has learned my tastes and found something that he thinks I'll like is A-OK with me.

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

Results from last survey: 44% would assemble a set of Morgan Dollars, consisting of every VAM variety in the finest possible condition, if assembling a die varieties set with an unlimited budget. Click here for a complete breakdown.

What is a "repunched date?" 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 modern commemoratives.

Our Readers Ask

Question: I'm wondering if you can provide any insights into what I see as a softening of realized prices for Franklins? At least, that's what it seems like, from my perspective. I keep wondering if they'll ever rebound, or if my collection will ever again be worth what I paid for it.

Answer: Franklins have actually have come way up in price in the last 5 years. They've been a little soft lately, but every market takes a breather after a run-up. This is a great, very collectable series and I feel Franklins will perform well for many decades to come. The series has a lot going for it... it's short... the coins are 90% silver... there are some significant condition rarities... the design is Ben Franklin and the Liberty Bell... etc.

All markets have their ups and downs. Enjoy the ups and take advantage of periods of price weakness to add to your collection. That's what I'd do.

-- 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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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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