eCollector - Feb. 24, 2004 | Vol. 5 Number 3 


From the PCGS Archives

Collecting Rare Coins: A Great Hobby With Hundreds of Wonderful Options
Collecting rare coins has been a passion shared by kings, sports personalities, famous actors and writers, and millions of other persons from all walks of life from the time of King Midas, over 2,700 years ago, through the dawn of the third millennium and now beyond. This classic, multi-part article explores the different series of United States coins from the very first issues, discussing the various collecting options that are available. Click here to begin!

Set Registry Spotlight

Paul's Pennies - The Number One Indian Cents with Varieties, Proof (1859-1909) Set
Last year, Paul was awarded with the 2003 "Best of the Registry" certificate for his complete Proof Indian cents set with varieties. He has the only current set that is 100% complete with a very respectable rating of 65.92. This high-grade set contains 3 "Pop-Tops" (the finest graded). Click here to view and enjoy.

The following new set compositions have recently been added to the Registry: 1897 Mint Set with Gold, 1897 Mint Set, 1897 Proof Set with Gold, and 1897 Proof Set. Also, the 2003 proof coins have been added to the 1968-Present Proof Set (formerly 1968-2002 Proof Set).

You asked for it, you've got it! We've had some demand for sets that do not place bonus points on designations such as FS (Full Step) Jefferson nickels, FB (Full Band) Mercury and Roosevelt dimes, and FL (Full Bell Line) Franklin half dollars. Therefore, we are testing two sets: Roosevelt dimes (1946-1964) and Franklin half dollars. You are able to load coins with designations, but they do not count towards your total points. If these two sets prove popular, we will add more sets.

A new function has been created which allows you to determine in what sets you can use your PCGS certified coins. Also, you can search for sets by PCGS number. If you are interested in linking certain sets from your own web site, instructions are provided. The link for this new search function can be found on the Set Registry News page. Click on "Show Available Sets for Your Coins."

Visit the Set Registry News page for frequent updates.

If you have had a coin regraded and have not updated your set with the new certification number, we urge you to do so at your convenience. Invalid certification numbers will now show up in the Registry as "nograde" and could temporarily result in a lower set rating until you have updated your set. Please note that images and descriptions are tied to certification numbers, so if you replace a number, you will need to re-enter a description or image. Should you have any questions, please e-mail [email protected] and we'll be glad to assist you.

PCGS Set Registry/Forum Pins are back by popular demand! If you attend a coin show where PCGS has a booth, please stop by and ask for your complimentary pin.

Fun, educational, and sometimes controversial, the PCGS Set RegistryTM 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 Indian cents set? Go to the Authorized Dealer link on PCGS and click on Small Cents 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 Fundamentals of Counterfeit Detection - Part 1
Since perhaps the very day coins were first produced, quick-buck artists and their counterparts throughout history have sought illicit gain by making copies -- or counterfeits -- of the genuine articles. For coin collectors, the ability to identify fakes is important, as is the ability to recognize the authenticity of a genuine coin. This article, reprinted from PCGS's Coin Grading and Counterfeit Detection, will help you to do both. Click here to read on.

Collector's Survey

There have been several half dollar designs in American coinage over the past 200+ years. Excluding everybody's favorite -- the Walking Liberty -- which of these half dollar designs do you like the best?

  1. Liberty Seated Half Dollars (1839-1891)
  2. Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
  3. Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
  4. Kennedy Half Dollars (1964-Date)
  5. Early Halves (1794-1839) - You get the Flowing Hair, Draped Bust and Capped Bust designs with this choice.

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

Results from last survey: 33% of respondents would choose to attend the F.U.N. show if all expenses were paid. Click here for a complete breakdown.

What is a "put-together roll?" 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 Indian cents.

Our Readers Ask

Question: What ever happened to PCGS multi-coin holders? Are you going to make them available to dealers and collectors that submit to PCGS, if so are the holders only going to hold coins of the same grade?

Answer: PCGS multi-holders are still in the trial phase and only a couple of dealers are selling them. We'll expand the concept over time. First, more dealers will get involved. Next, we'll open up submissions. We'll probably keep it to coins of the same grade, at least at first.

-- 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!


Quarterly Collectors Club Grading Special
Way down yonder in New Orleans... coins from this historic Mint haven't been struck in 95 years, but Collectors Club members can have one graded for free during the first quarter of 2004 (from now through March 31). So dig out that 1885-O dollar or that 1909-O quarter or that 1838-O half dollar (dream on!) and send it on in! Each coin will be graded and authenticated through the Regular Service, which takes 15 business days. All that you have to pay for is the postage. This offer is for Gold and Platinum Members only.

Important Show Updates!

Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention

Baltimore Convention Center
1 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
March 11-14, 2004

Show Info:
For more information regarding 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 Sunday at noon.

Fees for Show Service (on-site grading) are:
  • $80 per coin 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.

Public Show Schedule:
Fri. 3/12 10am - 7pm
Sat. 3/13 10am - 7pm
Sun. 3/14 10am - 4pm

ANA Money Show

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97232
March 26-28, 2004

Show Info:
For more information regarding the ANA Money Show, click here.

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 of all service levels.

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

Public Show Schedule:
Fri. 3/26 - 10am - 6:30pm
Sat. 3/27 - 10am - 6:30pm
Sun. 3/28 - 10am - 2:00pm
(PCGS will not attend on Sunday)

Santa Clara Coin, Stamp, and Collectibles Expo

Santa Clara
Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
April 2-4, 2004

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 of all service levels through Saturday.

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

Public Show Schedule:
Thu. 4/1 - 12pm - 7pm
Fri. 4/2 - 10am - 7pm
Sat. 4/3 - 10am - 7pm
Sun. 4/4 - 10am - 3pm
(PCGS will not attend on Sunday)

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