eCollector - June 25, 2008 | Vol. 8 Number 5 


PCGS Set Registry


Cherry Picking Pocket Change for Profit
Finding a die variety in your pocket change may be easier than you think… Carrying all the numismatic references is impractical, so the following list of varieties can be printed out and placed inside your wallet or purse. Click here to read more.
1861-D Gold Dollar - Produced by the Confederate States of America
Every day, we spend and some times collect coins which help us relive American history. Decades ago, it was still possible to collect significant treasures from circulating coins. Over one hundred years ago the 1861-D Gold Dollar also circulated through our monetary system. Today this coin is definitely an important part of American history. Click here for more details.
PCGS Set Registry(SM) Spotlight

James Sego JMS Coins Variety Eisenhower Set - The Number One Finest Eisenhower Dollars with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1971-1978) Set

Talk about a near perfect set! There are only three coins in this set that can be improved upon. With a finest possible set rating of 66.61, this multi-award winning set has a rating of 66.53 and is literally filled with "Top Pops." For four years, this set has dominated the category and appears to be unbeatable. Many of the coins are imaged for your enjoyment. Click here to view. Congratulations!

Eisenhower Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1971-1978) James Sego JMS Coins
Eisenhower Dollars with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1971-1978) James Sego JMS Coins Variety Eisenhower Set
Eisenhower Dollars Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (1971-1978) JMS Coins James Sego Complete Variety Eisenhower Dollar Set

Just One Week to Go! 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, 2008, 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 were emailed last week. If you did not receive your invitation, please email [email protected].

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

Stewart's collection is a true work of art that has been 20 years in the making. Be sure to stop by the PCGS booth (#1245) July 30 – August 3, 2008, and enjoy a first-hand look at his masterpiece.

New set composites recently added to the Registry:
  • 1850 Mint Set with Gold
  • 1850 Mint Set
  • 1850 Proof Set with Gold
  • 1850 Proof Set
  • 1851 Mint Set with Gold
  • 1851 Mint Set
  • 1851 Proof Set with Gold
  • 1851 Proof Set
  • German 5 Mark Commemoratives, Circulation Strikes 1968-1990
  • German 5 Mark Commemoratives, Proof 1977-1990
  • German 10 Mark Commemoratives, Circulation Strikes 1966-1990
  • German 10 Mark Commemoratives, Proof 1974-1990
  • German 20 Mark Commemoratives, Circulation Strikes 1966-1990
  • German 20 Mark Commemoratives, Proof 1974-1990
  • German New Guinea Protectorate, Circulation Strikes 1894-1895
  • German New Guinea Protectorate, Proof 1894-1895

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 Indian Head Cent Set or Interested in Selling Your Coins? Visit some of our PCGS Authorized Dealers here.

What is "seignorage?" Click here for the PCGS Glossary.


In 2005 a U.S. Mint survey estimated that over 140 Million Americans were collecting the 50 State Quarters. With the last state quarters being issued later this year, are you currently collecting the state quarters?

  1. Yes
  2. No

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

Results from last survey: 55% of survey participants think 2008-W Silver Eagles with a Reverse of 2007 coins will go down in price. Click here for a complete breakdown.

Our Readers Ask
How long does it take to add new coins to the Population Report?
For newly issued coins, PCGS will list the coins we have graded in the PCGS Population Report 90 days from the first day of release. This will provide more reliable information since many coins are still being submitted to us or are going though the grading process when first released.

However, you can always look up the most current population figures including before the 90 days from the date of release by typing in the coin number of the coin under the PCGS Population Report home page search engine

For varieties we are recognizing under Variety Attribution, it is also possible to type in the coin number on the PCGS Population Report Home Page search engine and get the most recent population figures for PCGS recognized varieties.

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 U.S. or World coin that features an Olympic theme for this quarter's PCGS Collectors Club Submission Special.

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.
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CCE will be attending these Coin Shows in 2008:
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Aug 21-23: Whitman Coin and Collectibles Atlanta Expo, Atlanta, GA

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