eCollector - November 3, 2006 | Vol. 6 Number 3 



PCGS Announces World Coin Population Reports
World Coin PCGS Population Reports (SM) are now available on the Professional Coin Grading Service website. The new reports show a tabulation of all world coins graded by PCGS in all grades, allowing buyers and sellers to determine the relative importance of a particular coin. Click here for more details.

PCGS Set Registry SM Spotlight

Gerald Forsythe - Buffalo Nickel Collection

  • Buffalo Nickels Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1913-1938)
  • Buffalo Nickels, Proof (1913-1937)
  • For two years in a row, Gerald Forsythe has won an award for Best Classic Set in the PCGS Set Registry Awards for his Circulation Strike Buffalo nickel set. Since 2002, his Proof set has dominated. Clearly, his induction into the PCGS Set Registry Hall of Fame in 2005 was well-deserved. Just taking a peek at these two sets, one wonders how they could be improved. The CS set only has two dates with populations higher, the 1920-D and the 1931-S. The Proof set, with a GPA of 68.00, only needs a 1913 Type 1 Proof 68 to have the Finest Possible Set Rating of 68.19. Congratulations to Mr. Forsythe for building a simply remarkable collection.

    New Registry Software
    We are very excited about the new software and look forward to giving you a product that we feel you will find very valuable and a great aide to your collecting needs. The following are just some of the many enhancements in V2:

    • Ability to track your inventory costs and prices
    • Ability to easily add a coin to multiple sets
    • An easy way to add multiple images to one coin
    • A new "What if?" program which will allow you to see what the addition of a coin might do to your set
    • A Collectors Showcase where you can show-off your favorite coins which might not necessarily constitute a "set"
    • Ability to comment on other members' sets

    There are a few things you need to know:

    1. Your Username, Email and Password will remain the same. Currently, you can login to the Registry using either your email/password combination or your username/password combination, however, the new Registry will require that you use your email/password combination.
    2. Your Username will be displayed in a few areas in the new Registry. For example, your photo album will be titled with your username. If your email address is the same as your username, you may want to consider changing your username, especially if you wish to keep your email address private. For example, if your username and email address is currently [email protected], you may want to change your username to LoneStarCollection. Changing your account information can easily be done at this location on the PCGS website: We recommend that if you do wish to make some changes to your account information, you do so before next week.
    3. We will announce a 24-hour cut off date for updates after which time all sets will be imported to the new Registry and you will not be able to access the old registry. All validated and unvalidated sets will be imported.

    We Need Writers
    Many of the great set descriptions in the Registry were written by Bruce Amspacher, one of the foremost numismatic writers of our time, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Since then, many new set compositions have been added to the Registry. If you are working on a set that does not have a set description and would like to submit a brief set description, we would value your contribution! Here's an example of one of the great set descriptions Bruce wrote for the Barber Dimes Basic Set:

    "The Barber dime series is one filled with legend and romance. There’s the image of little Hallie Daggett skipping down the street in to spend one of her 1894-S dimes her father gave her on a dish of ice cream. There’s the story of the national contest to find a new dime design, only to have the entrants dismissed as "wretched failures." There’s the surprising rarity of the key dates, and how many key dates there have proved to be in MS65 or better.

    The 1894-S is collected with the proofs as well as the mint state coins, but 99+% of the collectors ignore it completely, as its prohibitive rarity makes it too expensive to collect. Key dates in MS65 or better are the 1892-S, 1893-S 1894-O, 1895-O, 1897-S, 1899-O, and at least half a dozen other dates!”

    Email [email protected] if you would like to contribute.

    Bookmark these important links!
    To learn what new sets have been loaded and to read current events, visit the Registry News page:

    To update your email address:

    To visit the PCGS Set Registry message board:

    Building a Buffalo Nickel Set? Go to the Authorized Dealer link on and click on Nickel Coinage under Browse by Specialty. Search for more than 1,000 dealers in the PCGS Authorized Dealer listings.

    What is a "Racketeer Nickel"?
    Find out in Lingo, the PCGS dictionary of numismatic definitions. Click here for Lingo.

    Collector's Survey

    How did you first become interested in coins?

    1. A gift from a friend or a relative
    2. An advertisement
    3. A call from a telemarketer
    4. A television show
    5. Other

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

    Results from last survey: 67% answered that they have been collecting for over 16 years. Click here for a complete breakdown.

    Subscribe to the online PCGS Population ReportSM for as little as $4.95 a month!
    Get the latest census data on all coins graded by PCGS -- updated weekly! Click here to subscribe.

    Our Readers Ask

    Question: Has PCGS considered or will PCGS in the future consider a holder where PCGS could grade and slab problem coins?

    Answer: Problem coins can be very complicated to grade and do not lend themselves to a single numerical grade. Net grading is controversial because different people discount problems in different ways. Consumer protection is a big part of PCGS's mission, and steering people away from problem coins instead of toward them seems to be the more appropriate approach.

    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. 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
    Coins with unusual finishes... for the last quarter of 2006 (October 1 through December 31), PCGS Collectors Club members can send in one coin from any of the following categories for free grading and authentication: Matte Proof Copper or Gold Coin (1907-1916), 1994-P SMS Jefferson Nickel, 2006-P American Eagle $1 Silver (Reverse Proof) or 2006-W American Eagle $50 Gold (Reverse Proof). 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 all Collectors Club members.

    Current Approximate
    Turnaround Times
    as of 11/03/2006:

    Economy: 25 business days.
    Modern: 15 business days.
    World Economy: 25 business days.

    Next Blackout Period:
    November 9-10, 2006
    See Show Schedule for details.

    CCE Collector's Corner
    Current listings: 24,912 items, valued at $22,864,450

    CCE Collector's Corner is a marketplace for buying slabbed and unslabbed coins. To learn more, click here.

    CCE will be attending these coin shows in 2006:
    Nov. 10-12: Baltimore Coin & Currency, Baltimore, MD
    Nov. 16-19: Santa Clara Show, Santa Clara, CA
    Jan. 4-7: FUN Show, Orlando, FL

    Important Show Updates!

    Baltimore Coin and Currency Show

    Baltimore Convention Center
    1 West Pratt Street
    Baltimore, MD 89109

    November 10 - November 12

    Show Info:
    For more information regarding the Baltimore Coin and Currency Show, 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.

    Show service turnaround is not guaranteed. Check with a PCGS representative for daily turnaround times.

    Show Schedule:
    Thursday, 11/9/06: 9am - 7pm
    Friday, 11/10/06: 9am - 7pm
    Saturday, 11/11/06: 9am - 7pm

    Santa Clara Coin Show

    Santa Clara Convention Center
    5001 Great America Parkway
    Santa Clara, CA 95054

    November 17 - November 19

    Show Info:
    For more information regarding the Santa Clara Coin 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 for all levels of service.

    On-site grading will not be offered.

    Show Schedule:
    To be determined...

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