July 22, 2010 | Vol. 10 Number 15
Collectors Club Price Guide NEW PCGS CoinFacts Services Set RegistrySM
Several Important Events Have Already Taken Place in 2010
By Jaime Hernandez

We're now more than half way through the year, and 2010 will definitely go into the history books as a very important year for numismatics.

In 2010, the record price for the most expensive coin was broken. The 100-year-old Lincoln cent received a new reverse design. The Mint launched the America the Beautiful Quarters program. The Mint once again canceled several bullion-related coins because it couldn't keep up with the demand. At PCGS, we launched PCGS Secure Plus™, where coins get fingerprinted and permanently stored in our database. Additionally, coins with a PCGS Secure Plus designation are now recognized and are being traded at significant premiums.

With so much going on in the coin market, if you're buying, selling or collecting coins, this is a great time to be involved in numismatics.

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Tips from the Grading Room
By Mike Sherman

Welcome to the second installment of "Tips from the Grading Room." In the last issue, we took a look at what constituted a "Full Head" Standing Liberty Quarter. This time, we'll examine another important qualifier - what must qualify for a Full Band Winged Liberty Head or "Mercury" dime, designated "FB" by PCGS.

Full Bands (FB) is the designation following the numerical grade of some regular-strike Mercury dimes that have fully separated horizontal bands on the central part of the fasces (the bundle-of-rods design on the reverse). There can be no interruption in the trough of the bands due to strike, contact, planchet problems or any other damage, whether mint-caused or not.

Note: Although the central bands must be fully separated with no interruption, it is not necessary to have full roundness to the bands - the so-called "McDonald's Arches" that are sometimes referred to as Full Split or Full Rounded Bands. For some dates (i.e. 1945-P, etc.) this ultimate state almost never occurs, and thus may command a significant premium. Read More...

U.S. Mint 2010 Remaining Coin Schedule
By Jaime Hernandez

We're half way through the year and the Mint has already released several new 2010 coins that have brought a lot of excitement to the coin market. The 2010 Shield Cents were issued earlier this year, along with the America the Beautiful National Park Quarters, and the Presidential Dollar coins which include the very popular Abraham Lincoln cent design.

Last week, the Mint also introduced the 2010 Mint Set which contained an example of all circulating coins in a Satin finish format. Each set of 28 coins had a price of $31.95. Worth mentioning is that the 2010 Uncirculated Mint Set increased in price compared to the 2009 Uncirculated Mint Set despite having fewer coins. The 2009 Set was priced $27.95 each directly from the U.S. Mint and it contained 36 coins. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts™ - 1802 $1 B-6 BB-241
Narrow Date

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

Ron Howard - Imagine - not one, but TWO Gem MS65 examples back-to-back! That's the unlikely pleasure I experienced in the PCGS grading room in June, 2010. One example was beautifully toned, the other predominantly white; both were original. Despite my affinity for toning, I thought the whiter example, overall, to be a bit superior. Both were fully struck. Thank you to whoever submitted this remarkable pair!
Initial dealer reaction to PCGS Secure Plus from June Long Beach Expo.
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The World's First Coin Auction?
By Mike Sherman

A number of years ago, I came across into a tiny booklet in a bookstore. Opening the cover, I discovered it was a coin auction catalog... from 1786! I don't know how long coin auctions have been taking place, but this surely is among the first auctions dedicated only to coins.

The auction was the property of the late Sir Charles Frederick, Knight of the Bath, and was sold by Mr. Gerard at his House in Litchfield Street, St. Anne's Soho. It consisted of Greek, Roman, Saxon, English, Anglo-Gallic and other coins and medals. While it was a four-day sale, held from May 17-20, it consisted only of 365 lots, sold at a pace of roughly 90 per day.

As one would expect, the sale was made up almost totally of ancient and British coins. Read More...

Submit Your Coins Directly to PCGS at These Upcoming Shows:

PCGS Members Only July 22-24, 2010 Las Vegas, Nevada
JJ Teaparty & Arizona Expo August 5-8, 2010 Boston, Massachusetts
ANA World's Fair of Money August 10-14, 2010 Boston, Massachusetts
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