August 17, 2010 | Vol. 10 Number 17
Collectors Club Price Guide NEW PCGS CoinFacts Services Set RegistrySM
ANA Show Provides a Gauge to the Coin Market
By Jaime Hernandez, eCollector Editor

The Pre-ANA and ANA shows just concluded in Boston and judging by the attendance and dealer comments, the show seemed to be a major success. At the show, many coins sold for strong prices while others even broke records. At PCGS, we were busy grading coins at the show and now here at the office.

This week, we will review all the sales that took place at the major coin auctions to get a more in-depth look at how the market performed. Once we review the prices, we will also update the PCGS Price Guide to reflect the most recent sales.

In other news, the Mint finally began selling the One-Ounce 2010 Proof Platinum coins and there was a long line of people looking to buy them at the U.S. Mint booth at the ANA Show. Last year's One-Ounce 2009 Proof Platinum coins just about sold out in the first week! Within the next couple weeks, we should know if there‘s still a large demand for Platinum coins like there was last year.

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How I Got Started in Coin Collecting - From Our Readers
By Jaime Hernandez

Last issue, we posted a story by David Hall describing how his numismatic ventures began. We asked our readers to tell us about how they got started in the numismatic hobby. Your responses have been great! Here are some examples of what we received. Look for more in the coming months.

"When I was a young boy of eight, my friend had lots of plastic toy soldiers that I thoroughly enjoyed playing with during visits to his house. I didn't have any of my own, so I improvised with pennies and nickels, and would line them up and march them like Roman soldiers in various formations. Read More...

2010 Proof Platinum Coins Released
By Jaime Hernandez

The U.S. Mint introduced the 2010 Proof Platinum coins last week on August 12, 2010. In 2010, the Mint will only produce the One-ounce Proof Platinum coins and will not produce any other Fractional Proof Platinum coins. The maximum authorized mintage is set at 10,000 coins total. There will also be a 5-coin-per-household ordering limit. Last year, the maximum authorized mintage for the One-ounce 2009 Proof coins was set at 8,000 coins and all coins sold out in about a week. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts 1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel

Since the launch of PCGS CoinFacts™, we have been hard at work updating and expanding the site's information. Here's another recent example:

David Hall: For the past 50 years or so, the 1918/7-D Buffalo nickel has been justifiably recognized as one of the most important 20th Century numismatic rarities. This bold overdate is rare in circulated grades, very rare in Mint State and almost impossible to find in Gem condition. Read More...

Tips From the Grading Room
By Mike Sherman

Welcome to the fourth installment of "Tips From the Grading Room." Last issue, we took a look at what constituted a "Full Steps" Jefferson Nickel, designated "FS" by PCGS. This time, we'll examine the "Full Bell Line" designation for Franklin Halves.

When the bottom set of lines across the Liberty Bell is complete and uninterrupted, a regular-strike Mint State 60 or above Franklin Half Dollar receives the designation Full Bell Lines (FBL). If these lines are obscured by marks, strike, planchet defects, or other problems, the coin will not receive the FBL designation. A few marks across the lines will not prevent a coin from receiving this designation, as long as the continuity of the lines is not disturbed. Read More...
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A Poem About Coins
By Matthew S. (13 years old)

I really like coins.
They are very beautiful.
I never want to drop them in a well.
They are so fun to look at
with all of their nice details.
Some can be in good condition
or bad condition.
They can also be in proof
or mint state.
Coins are awesome!
One coin I've always dreamed about
is the 1933 Double Eagle.
I really like gold coins.
Platinum coins are nice also
in bullion form.
One thing I don't like about platinum
is that the coins aren't old.
I like old coins the most.
I'd like to find a 1969-S penny in change someday.
I really like coins.

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