December 21, 2010 | Vol. 10 Number 25
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What was the Most Significant Event in the Coin Market in 2010?
By Jaime Hernandez

This is the last PCGS eCollector you will be receiving in 2010. First of all, we would like to thank every one of our readers for being a part of PCGS this year. So many great things happened in the coin market this year, it's hard to pinpoint which one was the biggest highlight of all.

Was it the 1794 Dollar that sold for 7.8 million dollars and broke the record for the highest price ever paid for any coin? The 1943-D Copper Cent that sold for 1.7 million dollars, also breaking several records? The introduction of Plus (+) Grading into the coin market? The price of gold and silver, or was it the 5 oz. America the Beautiful Quarters?

If any particular highlight that I mentioned tops your list, please share it with us. Or if you have your own suggestions of significant highlights in the Coin Market for 2010, send us your comments on the PCGS Blog

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Part Four - Martin Brown and John Dunn (1958) The First U.S. Coin Grading Book
By Mike Sherman

During the 1950s, interest in coins grew tremendously. Prices were on the rise, and the number of new collectors entering the hobby turned it from a rather small fraternity into a national hobby. Coins like the low-mintage 1950-D nickel and the 1955 Doubled Die cent captivated the interest of the general public and "checking change" became a nightly ritual for many.

In 1958, Oklahoma dealers Martin R. Brown and John W. Dunn published the first book devoted exclusively to grading U.S. coins. Entitled "A GUIDE to the Grading of United States Coins," it was a simple 66-page booklet containing no photographs or drawings. It simply described the key points of wear, and qualifications for achieving a particular grade for every major U.S. coin type. [Interestingly, Brown and Dunn provided unique descriptions for early (1916-1920) and late (1921-1947) Walkers as well as the 1932 Washington Quarter.] Read More...

The 1982 No P Mintmark Roosevelt Dime

In 1982, the Philadelphia Mint produced a small quantity of dimes without a mintmark, the first such error to occur on a coin made for circulation. This inconceivable error came about thanks to a Mint employee who failed to add the mintmark onto an obverse die. Traditionally, Mint employees punch the mintmark into working dies, which are then inspected for any flaws or omissions. In this case, the omission of the mintmark went unnoticed and thousands of 1982 dimes without mintmarks escaped from the Philadelphia Mint that year. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts 1893 50C Columbian (Regular Strike)

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: Although there were 500,000 more 1893 Columbians struck than 1892 Columbians, the 1893 is somewhat scarcer in all grades MS63 through MS67. My speculation is that many of the 1893s were unsold and were placed into circulation. And indeed, the 1893s are more common in grades below MS63. Read More...
Martin Logies presents the complete date set of Cardinal Collection Large Cents at the Summer ANA. Watch video!
The History and Symbolism Behind a Beautiful Guatemalan Coin
By Duane Blake

This is a mint state coin with colorful blue/green and gold toning and orange and red speckles around obverse and reverse rims.

Country: Guatemala; Date and Series: 1960; KM #261
Denomination: 5 Cent Silver
Mintage: 4,770,000
Diameter: 16 mm
Reeded edge with denticled obverse and reverse inside rim
Alloy: Silver .0386 oz.; Weight: 1.6670 grams

The obverse national coat of arms of Guatemala is inscribed on the front [National Coat is a Quetzal bird perched on a scroll stating "Liberty on September 15 1821" (in Spanish) in the center, with crossed swords and muskets across the background. Read More...

A Discussion of Five Mints
By Q. David Bowers

Philadelphia Mint Dollars

Morgan dollars were struck at the Philadelphia Mint continuously from 1878 through 1904, and again in 1921. In addition to many millions of business strikes, Proofs were produced each year from 1878 through 1904, typically in the range of about 800 to 1,000 pieces annually. Today these are all rare. A few Proofs were made in 1921 as well. Read More...
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