eCollector - Sept. 23, 2003 | Vol. 4 Number 18 


Market Report

Marvelous Market Marches On as Long Beach is Smashing Success
Long Beach Expo is "excellent" as market continues to roll. Silver dollars, Proof gold among many areas in great demand. MS67FBL 1950 Franklin realizes $28,750 in Heritage auction. New edition of Dahlonega gold coin book is released. Kingswood "Orleans Sale" closes this week. Click here to read on.

Set Registry Spotlight

Stewart Blay - The Number One George V Small Cents, Circulation Strikes (1920-1936) Set, and The Number One George VI Cents, Circulation Strikes (1937-1952) Set
Just eight months ago, the new Canadian Set Registry was launched with 35 sets from the Belzberg Collection. Now the Registry lists 254 sets. This year, the PCGS Set Registry Awards recognized the top Canadian sets and awarded renowned copper collector, Stewart Blay, with the award. Both small cent sets exhibit extremely high ratings and are 100% Red. Congratulations to Stewart for setting the standard in the Canadian Set Registry!

The weights for the Liberty Seated Dimes Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1838-1891); Liberty Seated Dimes with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1838-1891); Liberty Seated Dimes with Varieties and 1873-CC No Arrows, Circulation Strikes (1837-1891); Liberty Seated Quarters Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1837-1891); Liberty Seated Quarters with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1837-1891); Liberty Seated Quarters, Proof (1841-1857); and Liberty Seated Quarters, 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. Half Cents with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1793-1857) have been weighted. The following new set compositions have been added to the Registry: Half Cents Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1793-1857); Liberty Seated Half Dimes, Proof (1837-1859); Liberty Seated Half Dimes, Proof (1860-1873) and Collectors Mint Set, Circulation Strikes (1970-2000). 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 Canadian small cents set? Go to the Authorized Dealer link on PCGS and click on World 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

A Guide To Collecting New Orleans Double Eagles: Part Two
The first part of this article looked at New Orleans double eagles struck from 1850 through 1856. Part Two includes the remaining Type One issues from 1857 to 1861 and the sole Type Three issue from 1879. Click here to read more.

Collector's Survey

Numismatic books are becoming more and more important as prices escalate and thousands of serious new collectors come into the market. Which of these books would you like to see become available the most?

  1. A new edition of Breen's Encyclopedia of Proof Coins. It has been about 14 years since the last one and there's a fountain of new information.
  2. A better "Red Book." It's a best seller every year and the most accessible of all numismatic books, but it's filled with errors and outdated prices.
  3. A new Encyclopedia. Breen's "big book" is also out of date and desperately needs some corrections.
  4. A third edition of Wayne Miller's Silver Dollar book. There's never enough information on the mighty Morgans!
  5. Walkers and Buffaloes. Where are the authoritative works on these important series?

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

Results from last survey: 34% would most like to see a Cameo DMPL designation added to the PCGS holder. Click here for a complete breakdown.

What is the meaning of "galvano?" 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 Coronet Head cents.

Our Readers Ask

Question: Of the "classic" pedigrees -- Bass, Eliasberg, Benson, etc. -- in general, which do you think are the most worthy of paying a premium to acquire a coin with the pedigree? Note that I said in general -- I know in all cases, "Buy the coin not the pedigree," but on the average, in your opinion is there one pedigree for which most of the coins generally come nice and so are worthy of a premium?

Answer: The most important pedigrees for coins are...


Actually, the important pedigrees fall into two categories: the great comprehensive collections -- i.e. Eliasberg, Norweb, Garrett, etc -- and the great specialized collections -- i.e. Bass, Naftzger, Jack Lee, etc.

The marketplace places a premium on the truly great pedigrees, like the collections we recognize in the PCGS Set Registry Hall of Fame.

-- 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
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.

Now Online: Kingswood Coin Auctions' "Orleans Sale"

Kingswood's 15th sale conducted with Collectors Universe features a large variety of U.S. coins that's sure to contain something suitable for your budget and collecting goals. Online bidding is currently underway, and will continue until Thursday, Sept. 25. Click here to view the online catalog.

Important Show Updates!

Pacific Expo's Sacramento Coin, Paper Money & Collectibles Show

Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J. Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
October 3-5, 2003

Show Info:
For more information on The Pacific Expo's Sacramento Coin, Paper Money & Collectibles Show, call 760-722-4246.

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

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

Show Schedule:
Fri. 10/03 - 10am - 7pm
Sat. 10/04 - 10am - 7pm
Sun. 10/05 - 10am - 3pm

(PCGS will not attend the show on Sunday)

The New Silver Dollar Show

America's Center
701 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101
October 15-18, 2003

Show Info:
For more information on The New Silver Dollar Show, call 813-684-3854.

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 on-site Show service are:

  • $65 per coin (5 coins minimum per order) for coins valued $1500 or less.
  • $100 per coin for coins valued over $1500.

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

Show Schedule:
Thu. 10/16 - 10am - 6pm
Fri. 10/17 - 10am - 6pm
Sat. 10/18 - 10am - 6pm

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