eCollector - August 6, 2008 | Vol. 8 Number 8 


Free Preview of Vertical and Horizontal Expansion of PCGS Population Report!
Collectors can now get an inside peek at the recently improved PCGS Population Report for coins certified by PCGS. The new Horizontal and Vertical Expansion provides population data for coins certified by PCGS in all grades. Previously, some lower-grade coins were omitted due to space limitations. Click here to read more.

Auction Companies Offering PCGS-Graded Coins
Click here for a list of auction companies offering a wide range of rare PCGS-graded coins.

U.S. Mint Offers 2008 Proof Platinum Coins
On July 24, 2008, the United States Mint began offering 2008 Platinum Proof coins at much higher prices compared to the spot price of platinum. The Mint will once again continue its 12-year trend of offering the one ounce, half ounce, quarter ounce and tenth ounce version platinum coins. Click here to read more.

2008 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Sets Now Available
On July 30, 2008, the United States Mint began offering 2008 Uncirculated Coin Sets to the public. Each 2008 Uncirculated Set comes in two separate folders, each containing 14 different coins a total of 28 different coins. Click here to read more.

Preview of 2009 Ultra High Relief $20 Gold Coins
The U.S. Mint has accomplished what talented sculptor and designer Augustus Saint Gaudens intended to do in 1907. The Mint will recreate the 1907 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle $20 gold coin in unlimited quantities bearing the year 2009 for this one year only. Click here to read more.

PCGS Set Registry SM Spotlight
Law Collection The Number One Finest Liberty Seated Half Dimes Collection, Circulation Strikes (1837-1873)
Date Set
Basic Set
Variety Set
Varieties and 1870-S
This set is a new addition to the Set Registry this year. It is already 100% complete with an average grade of 65.03, so its selection as a Best New Set is not surprising. To garner a Best Classic Set in its first year of competition indicates how impressive this collection is in numismatics. The Half Dime series has languished in the background of numismatics, but the Set Registry is changing attitudes. There are many tough issues for this series and the Law collection is exceptional.

Current Standings in the Half Dimes category as of 8/05/08:

  • United States Half Dimes Date Set, Circulation Strikes (1792-1873) - H/D Collector-1792-1873 Date Set
  • Early Half Dimes Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1792-1837) - Jim's half dimes
  • Early Half Dimes with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1792-1837) - Jim's half dimes
  • Capped Bust Half Dimes Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1829-1837) - The Law Collection of Capped Bust Half Dimes
  • Capped Bust Half Dimes with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1829-1837) - The Law Collection of Capped Bust Half Dimes

PCGS Currency Set Registry Award Winners Announced!
We are proud to present you with the winners for the 2008 PCGS Set Registry Awards. Congratulations to all of this years' winning sets and collections. To view a list of the winners, please click here. To view information about the 2008 PCGS Hall of Fame Inductee, click here.

PCGS Set Registry Luncheon
For those who were unable to attend the PCGS Set Registry luncheon held on Friday, August 1st in Baltimore, an online video will be available in a few weeks. The program consisted of the award presentations, new features in the PCGS Price Guide presented by David Hall, and a discussion of copper coins by Stewart Blay, Steve Ellsworth, Dennis Loring, Andy Skrabalak, and Rick Snow. Check the Set Registry News page for details.

Stewart Blay Interview Online
Recently, David Hall interviewed Stewart Blay about his collection. Stewart discusses coin collecting and gives a great deal of very valuable tips to new collectors just starting out. Click here to view this highly informative interview online.

New set composites recently added to the Registry:

  • 1946 Mint Set with Gold
  • 1946 Mint Set
  • 1946 Proof Set with Gold
  • 1946 Proof Set
  • 1945 Mint Set with Gold
  • 1945 Mint Set
  • 1945 Proof Set with Gold
  • 1945 Proof Set

Have Fun with Your Paper Money
The new PCGS Currency Set Registry is now online. Click here to start building your sets!

Bookmark These Important Links!
Building a Walking Liberty Half Set or Interested in Selling Your Coins? Visit some of our PCGS Authorized Dealers here.

What is a "Clashed Die?" Click here for the PCGS Glossary.

Collector's Survey

With the recent decline in the economy, are you currently spending less money on coins, more money on coins, or has the decline in the economy not affected your coin purchases this year?

  1. Spending less
  2. Spending more
  3. Economy has not affected my coin purchases

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

Results from last survey: 35% would like PCGS e-Zine to post more articles about Classic coins. Click here for a complete breakdown.

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Our Readers Ask

Is there such thing as a "Small S" and a "Large S" 1928-S Lincoln cent, and will PCGS recognize both of them?

Yes, there are indeed two different varieties for this date. The "Large S" Lincoln cent seems to be really scarce compared to the "Small S" variety. PCGS will recognize the 1928-S Lincoln cent with a "Large S" mint mark and list the appropriate Fivaz and Stanton designation on the PCGS label if submitted through the Variety Attribution Program. For the "Small S" variety, PCGS will not recognize it on the holder since it is the most prevalent variety.

Additionally, the PCGS Population Report will reflect the population figures for coins submitted under Variety Attribution. For a free preview click here. Once you are in the Lincoln cent series click on the plus (+) sign next to coin # 2591 or 2592 (1C 1928-S MSBN or RB) and the menu will drop down the most current population information for the 1928-S "Large S" Lincoln cent.

To learn more about Variety Attribution and find out which varieties PCGS will recognize, visit our Variety Attribution Listings at

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!


FREE Quarterly PCGS Collectors Club Submission Special
(July 1st - September 30, 2008)

On the 4th of July, 2008, America celebrated its 232rd year of independence. In honor of that celebration, PCGS will accept any U.S. coin that bears the word "LIBERTY" for this quarter's PCGS Collectors Club Submission Special.

Examples include:
Any U.S. Half Cent or Large Cent
Any Seated Liberty coins (LIBERTY appears on the scroll on the obverse)
Any Liberty Head gold coins

Exercise your independence today and take advantage of this great benefit.

This offer is valid for all Collectors Club members in good standing.
Each Collectors Club Submission Special is free of charge (except return shipping charges)
One coin per member per quarter.
Each coin must be submitted on its own submission form with its own return shipping.
Please contact customer service if you have any additional questions.
To download a submission form, click here.
To join the PCGS Collectors Club, click here.
Please clearly mark the outside of your package CC Special.
Hurry! All orders must be postmarked by September 30, 2008.

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Collectors Corner Current Listings

Current Coins for Sale: 37,235 items, valued at $42,128,153
Current Notes for Sale: 1,602 items, valued at $3,057,483
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CCE will be attending these Coin Shows in 2008:
Aug 21-23: Whitman Coin and Collectibles Atlanta Expo, Atlanta, GA
Sep 18-20: Long Beach Coin Expo, Long Beach, CA

1936-D 50C PCGS AU-50
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