February 2, 2010 | Vol. 10 Number 3
Collectors Club Price Guide NEW PCGS CoinFacts Services Set RegistrySM
Obstacles in the Coin Market
By Jaime Hernandez, eCollector Editor

The coin market stayed strong throughout the month of January. The U.S. Mint sold over three million 2010 Silver Eagles as of January 22, by far the best January for Silver Eagle sales since the program first started in 1986.

However, just like all other markets having their share of problems, the coin market also has a few of its own. Right now, one of the biggest obstacles in the coin market is dealers being able to replace inventory or finding nice coins to buy.

Currently, there are many dealers out there with plenty of money to spend. They just can't find coins to spend their money on! Remember, last year one well-known coin auction house shut down its coin auctions due to a lack of coin consignments. It's getting tougher and tougher for dealers to find coins for their inventories and consignments. It's not that coins aren't selling or realizing strong prices at auctions; instead collectors need and want more coins than they want to sell or cosign.

In the meantime, we hope you've been able to find the coins you've been looking for and the month of January has been as good in numismatics for you as it has been for us at PCGS.

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Joint Celebrations – Commemorative Coins and Stamps
By Mike Sherman

That significant events in our nation's history would be celebrated on both postage stamps and commemorative coinage should not be surprising. What might raise an eyebrow though, is the number of times this has occurred.

The first commemorative issue for both a stamp and coin was the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. This event was marked by a major exposition and World's Fair in Chicago. Read More...

New, Lower-Cost Shipping for PCGS Orders
By Don Willis

PCGS has lowered the cost of return shipping for any package valued at $100,000 or less regardless of the number of coins. Read More...

PCGS Has it All at the February 2010 Long Beach Expo
By Donn Pearlman

Professional Coin Grading Service will display a spectacular collection of early U.S. half dollars, offer special discounts for coins submitted for authentication and grading, and give collectors and dealers an opportunity to have their coins digitally imaged with the PCGS TrueViewTM photo service during the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com ), February 4 – 6, 2010. Read More...

The 1893-S $1 on PCGSCoinFacts.com

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

Ron Guth: The 1893-S Silver dollar has the lowest mintage of the series and is the rarest regular-issue Morgan dollar. Because of the large number of Silver dollar collectors, this date is always in demand. Read More...
Ship of Gold and Much More at the Long Beach Expo Feb. 4-6.
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Counterfeit vs. Authentic 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cents
By Jaime Hernandez

The 1909-S VDB Lincoln has always been the key date coin in the entire Lincoln cent series, and it remains one of the most popular coins in numismatics.

Since the 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent has always been highly desired among collectors, it is notorious for attracting counterfeiters. There are many fake 1909-S VDB Lincoln cents out there in the market and at PCGS, we have seen many different types of fakes.

When examining the 1909-S VDB Lincoln cents, some of the diagnostics PCGS graders look for are in the area of the "S" mint mark. First of all, the 1909-S VDB Lincoln cents were struck with four different obverse dies. The four known dies have four different mint mark positions and to the untrained eye, they can look very similar. Read More...

What Could be More FUN Than a Coin Show Just For You? When it's in Vegas!

The next PCGS Members Only Coin Show is just weeks away on February 18-20!

If you're a PCGS Authorized Dealer or Collectors Club Member, the PCGS Members Only Coin Show is the one show you won't want to miss. You are ALL invited to attend and be a part of this exclusive community in the energized atmosphere of Las Vegas. Admission is FREE! Read More...

PCGS Shows in 2010

Submit your coins directly to PCGS at the following upcoming shows. Read More...
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