eCollector - August 22, 2008 | Vol. 8 Number 9 


Pennies from Heaven? The Mysterious and Rare Matte Proof Lincoln Cent: The Secret May Be Out, But What Really Are These Copper Gems?
At the American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Moneyฎ convention held in Baltimore, July 30-August 2, 2008, copper collecting legend Stewart Blay's "Red Copper Collection" was publicly displayed for the first time. Click here to read more.

1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo Nickel Capturing Attention
The 3-Legged Buffalo nickel is definitely a coin variety with the potential of capturing the attention and aspirations of many collectors. Click here to read on.

Andrew Jackson - 7th Presidential Dollar Coin Released
The United States Mint has released the 7th Presidential Dollar coin in the Presidential Dollar Program. On August 14, 2008, in conjunction with the coin's scheduled release date the U.S. Mint held a ceremony in "The Hermitage" (Andrew Jackson's home) located in Nashville, Tennessee to promote the newly issued coins and the Presidential Dollar Program. Click here to read more.

PCGS Introduces Three Important Features for Website
At PCGS, it's always our goal to make our website one of the most useful, informative sites on the Web. We've recently delivered enhancements such as a redesigned Home Page and a whole section devoted to new collectors. And the coin industry is responding – did you know that our site now plays host to nearly 100,000 unique visitors each week? Click here to read more.

PNG Honors John Dannreuther With Lifetime Achievement Award
(Baltimore, Maryland) – The Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to well-known researcher, author and rare coin dealer John "J.D." Dannreuther of Memphis, Tennessee, a co-founder of the Professional Coin Grading Service. Click here to read more.

PCGS Set Registry SM Spotlight
Tom Bender - The Number One Finest Indian Cent Basic Set, Proof (1859-1909)
The Tom Bender Proof Indian Cent collection is a newly added set this year. It not only won the Best New Set for 2008, but also hauled off the top prize – Best Classic set. This 100% complete set has an average grade of 68.38. Finding superb examples of Proof Indians is a difficult task, as those who have attempted this set understand. Mr. Bender has accumulated one of the finest sets of all time. Congratulations! Click here to enjoy.

Current Standings in the Indian Cent Proof Category as of 8/19/08:

  • Indian Cents Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1859-1909) - Stewart Blay
  • Indian Cents with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1859-1909) - The Good Collection
  • Indian Cents Basic Set, Proof (1859-1909) - TomBender
  • Indian Cents with Varieties, Proof (1859-1909) - Paul's Pennies/Indian Proofs/Red-Brown/Red

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.
To review the list of award categories for 2009, 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:

  • Morgan Dollars Prooflike Only Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1878-1921)
  • Morgan Dollars Prooflike Only with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1878-1921)
  • Presidential Dollars Signature Series, Proof (2007-2016)
  • 1936-Present Mint Set
  • 1936-Present Proof Set
  • 1950-Present Mint Set
  • 1950-Present Proof Set
  • Cuba Complete Gold Peso Set, Circulation Strikes (1915-1916)
  • 1904 Panamanian Proof Set
  • 1962 Panamanian Proof Set
  • Puerto Rico Decimal Coinage, Circulation Strikes (1895-1896)
  • Russian Rouble Monarch Set (1689-1917)

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 Draped bust Half Dollar Set or Interested in Selling Your Coins? Visit some of our PCGS Authorized Dealers here.

What is a "Beaded Border" Click here for the PCGS Glossary.

Collector's Survey

There is a big difference in color among many Red Brown coins. Some RB coins can have approximately 40% Red while others can have 90% Red. Should PCGS indicate the amount of Red on a coin? (For instance, a RB coin can also indicate 40% Red on the holder.)

  1. Yes, PCGS should add the amount of Red on a coin
  2. No, PCGS should not add the amount of Red on a coin

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

Results from last survey: 48% answered they are spending less money on coins due to the recent decline in the economy. 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

Is there more than one variety of the 1972 Doubled Die Lincoln cent and does PCGS recognize all of them?

Yes, there are at least 10 different circulation strike doubled die varieties reported for this date. PCGS will recognize all the 10 different varieties listed in the Cherry Pickers Guide.

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 and it will show varieties PCGS has graded for that date and mint mark.

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.

Certified Coin Exchange Collector's Corner(SM) "Where the Dealers gain their competitive edge" with over 450 active dealers doing business every day. To join CCE, click here.
Register to WIN this Graded Coin!
Collectors Corner Current Listings

Current Coins for Sale: 43,646 items, valued at $44,540,743
Current Notes for Sale: 1,618 items, valued at $2,978,619
Current Sports Cards for Sale: 31,431 items, valued at $3,590,451

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
Oct 15-18: PCDA National and World Paper Money Show, St Charles, MO
Nov 20-22: Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention, Baltimore, MD

1936-D 50C PCGS AU-50
Click here to register!

Visit us on the Web:

Important Show Updates!

© 1999 - 2008 Collectors Universe. All Rights Reserved.