eCollector - June 11, 2008 | Vol. 8 Number 4 



New "Genuine" Service for Problem Coins
Effective immediately, the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) will begin authenticating and encapsulating "problem" coins (altered surface, cleaned, environmental damage, etc.). Holders and inserts for the Genuine Service will be identical to the normal PCGS holder except the insert will read "GENUINE" in place of the usual grade. Click here to read more.
New PCGS Bulk Submission Policies Effective July 1, 2008
Effective July 1, 2008, only PCGS Authorized Dealers may submit coins under the Bulk Submission program. Click here for more details.
Check Out PCGS on Coin Chat Radio!
PCGS is prominently featured every week on Coin Chat Radio, an innovative online radio program that airs every Thursday at 9:00 AM PST. After the initial airing, the show re-airs at the top of every hour, and becomes available as a podcast (under "Archive") for later listening. Go to and check it out on Thursday! Click here for more details.
PCGS Set Registry(SM) Spotlight

The Corso Collection The Number One Finest Jefferson Nickels FS with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1938-present) Set

This set, with a current rating of 68.11, is filled with "Top Pops," two of which are the single finest graded examples! The finest possible for this category is 68.61 and this collector is clearly aiming for that goal. This set will definitely be hard to beat. For a real treat, take a peek at this collectors' set and you'll see each coin is imaged. Click here to view. Congratulations!
Jefferson Nickels Date Set, Circulation Strikes (1938-present) Ray Overby
Jefferson Nickels Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1938-present) Compradore Collections, Jeffersons
Jefferson Nickels FS Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1938-present) The Corso Collection
Jefferson Nickels with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1938-present) Compradore Collections, Jeffersons with Varieties
Jefferson Nickels FS with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1938-present) The Corso Collection
Jefferson Nickels Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (1938-Present) F.I.B. Collection
Jefferson Nickels FS Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (1938-Present) The Corso Collection

Awards Deadline 6/30/08
Another year has passed and it is almost time to judge, once again, the best of the best. Much has happened since February, 2001, when we launched the PCGS Set Registry with just 327 sets listed! Today, seven years later, the Registry is home to some of the finest collections ever assembled. This year, we are also including the first year awards for those participating in the
PCGS Currency Set Registry.

The deadline for adding and updating your sets is Monday, June 30, 2007, 5pm EST/2pm PST. All sets will be judged the first week in July based on their status as of the deadline on June 30th. Judges will include numismatic experts from PCGS, PCGS Currency, and the PCGS Numismatic Advisory Board. Winners will be announced mid-July.

To be a contender in this year's awards, sets must be at least 85% complete in PCGS and 75% in PCGS Currency. As a reminder, you must own and have possession of any coin or note you list in your set. In addition, your set must be "published."

To learn about the PCGS awards categories, please click here. For the PCGS Currency award categories, click here.

This year, the major awards will be presented at the PCGS Set Registry luncheon scheduled for Friday, August 1st, in Baltimore at the ANA Convention. Email invitations to the luncheon will be mailed mid-June to all Set Registry members. We encourage you not only to attend the luncheon, but to visit the PCGS booth where we will have a very special display.

Stewart Blay's Red Copper Collection to be Displayed at the ANA

Sponsored by the PCGS Set Registry, Stewart Blay will display his entire copper collection over 400 coins. The highlights are literally too numerous to mention here, but Stewart promises that the collection is a "guaranteed mind blower." It consists of the following series:

  • 1793-1857 Half cents, all in Mint State
  • 1856 Flying Eagle cents plus patterns
  • 1858-1909 Indian cents plus patterns
  • 1909-date Lincolns with varieties CS
  • 1909-date Lincolns PR

New set composites recently added to the Registry:

  • 2007 Canadian Mint Set
  • Edward VII Sovereign Complete Mintmark Set, Circulation Strikes (1902-1910)
  • Edward VII Half-Sovereign Complete Mintmark Set, Circulation Strikes (1902-1910)
  • George V Sovereign Complete Mintmark Set, Circulation Strikes (1911-1932)
  • George V Half-Sovereign Complete Mintmark Set, Circulation Strikes (1911-1926)

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 Large Cent Set? Visit some of our PCGS Authorized Dealers here.

What is "a verifier"? Click here PCGS Glossary.


Tens of thousands of 2008-W Silver Eagles with a Reverse of 2007 have been found in the last few months. Some of the first PCGS MS69 examples were bringing about $200. In the most recent weeks, PCGS MS69 examples are selling for about $500 to $700. Do you think these popular coins will keep climbing in price, go down in price or remain steady in price?

  1. Up
  2. Down
  3. Steady

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

Results from last survey: 56% answered they will not be ordering any Mint State and Proof Fractional Gold Buffalo coins, which the U.S. Mint will be offering in the next two to three months. Click here for a complete breakdown.

Our Readers Ask
Will PCGS Recognize the Bugs Bunny 1955 MS Franklin Half Dollar?
Yes. PCGS will recognize and attribute Bugs Bunny on 1955 Half Dollars if it is the FS-401 variety listed in the Cherry Pickers Guide. To receive the Bugs Bunny designation, the coin should be submitted through the Variety Attribution Program. Our graders will assign a numerical grade to the coin and list the correct variety on the PCGS Holder.

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
(April 1- June 30, 2008)

The Olympics are coming! To celebrate this world-famous sporting event, PCGS will accept any US or World coin that features an Olympic theme for this quarter's PCGS Collectors Club Submission Special.

Examples include:
Germany 1972 10 Mark commemorative coins
USA 1983 Los Angeles Olympiad commemorative coins
Japan 1964 Olympic 1000 Yen
Many, many more

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!
CCE will be attending these Coin Shows in 2008:
Jun 27-29: 2008 International Paper Money Show, Memphis, TN
July 3 - Aug 3: PNG & ANA World's Fair of Money, Baltimore, MD
Aug 21-23: Whitman Coin and Collectibles Atlanta Expo, Atlanta, GA

Current Coins for Sale: 33,669 items, valued at $35,605,250
Current Notes for Sale: 784 items, valued at $2,424,134
Current Sports card for Sale: 28,447 items, valued at $3,136,076

1938-D 5C PCGS MS-65
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