March 3, 2009 | Vol. 9 Number 5
Collectors Club Price Guide Pop Report CoinFacts Auction Prices Realized Set Registry
Coins – Tangible Assets in Uncertain Times
By Jaime Hernandez, eCollector Editor

Everything happening in the economy lately has affected most U.S. markets in some way. One example is the bullion market, as gold and silver recently made significant jumps. In February, gold hit over $1,000 an ounce. Silver also jumped to about $14.50 an ounce.

The good news for collectors and dealers is that in times of financial uncertainty, the collectibles market seems to perform very well as more and more people move their money into tangible assets. At the same time, all the new money being poured into the economy by the government will hopefully encourage more business to be conducted, including in the coin market.

There are a lot of great buying opportunities out there right now. Take for example the recent Naftzger Collection where some of the coins hadn't seen the light of day for over 20 years (view the Goldberg video). For patient and smart collectors, right now is a great time to find and buy the coins you want!

Be sure to check back to see if you won our special coin, and don't hesitate to e-mail us your feedback on the PCGS eCollector.
eCollector Subscribers: WIN a Free Coin!
(For eCollector Subscribers only)

In each issue of eCollector, we randomly draw a name from our subscribers.

The winner in this issue will receive a FREE 2009 $5 Uncirculated Silver Canadian Maple Leaf in a special PCGS holder indicating eCollector issue #9. Check the next issue to see if you won. Good luck!

Last week's winner of the 2009 Silver Eagle was Leo Pak of New Tigard, Oregon. Congratulations, Leo!

View list of all past winners.

Offer good while supplies last, and may be altered or cancelled by PCGS at any time.
Breaking News:
PCGS Members Only Coin Show
by Don Willis

We are pleased to announce the inaugural PCGS Members Only Coin Show. It will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 16-18, 2009 at The Venetian in Las Vegas. It's an exclusive event – for PCGS Authorized Dealers and Collectors Club Members only!

Admission to this special event is free.

At the show, 25 top PCGS Authorized Dealers will have tables to display their coins and offer them for sale. Many other PCGS dealers will be in attendance to buy, sell and trade. Collectors Club Members are encouraged to bring your own coins to sell or trade.

PCGS will be offering on-site grading for all show attendees. Take-home submissions will also be accepted. Special guest speakers will be on hand to address a variety of current industry issues. And we are offering a special room rate at the Venetian for all attendees. Read More...

2009 William Henry Harrison Presidential Dollars Now Available

On February 19, 2009 the U.S. Mint began offering William Henry Harrison Presidential Dollars. The obverse of each coin will depict an image of William Henry Harrison, the 9th U.S. President.

The 2009 William Henry Harrison Presidential Dollars will be offered in rolls. Each roll contains 25 coins and is priced at $35.95 ($10.95 over face value) for each roll. To order the coins, visit the U.S. Mint's website.

William Henry Harrison is remembered today for his many accomplishments. Harrison was responsible for acquiring millions of acres of land that now are part of the United States of America.

William Henry Harrison was the oldest President elected until Ronald Reagan in 1980, and last President to be born before American Independence. Harrison was born on February 9, 1773 in Charles City County, Virginia. His father was Benjamin Harrison and his mother was Elizabeth Bassett. Read More...
Ira Goldberg Reflects on
February Auction Successes

Watch video!
The "Almost" Perfect Counterfeit
By Mike Sargent

Mike Sargent is the Head Verifier at PCGS and is a leading expert on counterfeit detection. "Sarge" maintains a comprehensive database of known counterfeits and unfortunately is frequently adding new ones.

Over the 30 plus years of working professionally with rare coins, I can seldom remember a more unusual group of counterfeit coins.

In the mid 1980s I remember being at a Long Beach Coin Expo while working for Harlan White from San Diego. Up to our table came another dealer who was very excited about a gem roll of 1934 quarters that he had just bought from a customer who had just mysteriously walked in off the street. Read More...
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