June 22, 2010 | Vol. 10 Number 13
Collectors Club Price Guide NEW PCGS CoinFacts Services Set RegistrySM
PCGS In Paris
By Don Willis

PCGS celebrated the opening of its Paris office earlier this month, and dealers from across the EU responded by submitting a wide variety of coins for onsite grading. Coins submitted on Monday and Tuesday were returned graded on Thursday and Friday of that same week.

The Paris office is managed by Muriel Emery, Director of International Development for PCGS. After months of preparation, Muriel had just a few short weeks to spread the word of our arrival to all the EU PCGS dealers. Their response was very encouraging as most had coins to submit. At the Paris office we accept submissions from PCGS Authorized Dealers within the EU only. The convenience of the central Paris location combined with the ease of transporting goods within the EU make grading in Paris a dream come true for our EU dealers. Fast turnaround, no customs or shipping hassles and personal service make our Paris office an ideal alternative.

As third-party grading becomes more accepted and required by collectors around the world, we believe our Paris operation will be a cornerstone for further development. Our current plan is to provide onsite grading every few weeks as needed. It's interesting to participate in the dramatic changes that accompany the introduction of third-party grading. Bon chance to our Paris office!

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"Time Capsule" Cent Roll
By Mike Sherman

Have you ever fantasized about going back in time, and grabbing a random roll of coins and just looking through it to see what it contained? Well, such an opportunity presented itself recently when my brother called me to relate a recent experience.

He's in the vintage automobile business, and while buying a collection in Topeka, Kansas, he ran across a 1928 Model A Ford Hot Rod that had been parked in a barn in 1954 by its owner (who drove it in high school) and has been untouched until now. As they were going through the car, they found a full roll of pennies under the front seat. Read More...

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PCGS CoinFacts™ 1907 $20 High Relief-Wire Edge (Regular Strike)

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

David Akers (1975/88): The 1907 High Relief Double Eagle is, in my opinion, the most beautiful coin the United States ever issued for normal circulation. Unfortunately, it was not as practical as it was beautiful; the high relief of the standing figure of Liberty and the eagle made the coin impossible to stack properly and thus unpopular and unsuitable for commercial purposes. Minting was also impractical since it reportedly required five blows of the minting press to fully bring up the design, making high-speed, mass production impossible. Read More...

Submit your coins directly to PCGS at these upcoming shows:

Summer is heating up and there is no better time to have your coins graded by PCGS. Visit us in Florida at the Summer FUN show or join us for fun in the sun in Las Vegas for the PCGS Members Only Show.
Summer F.U.N. July 8-10, 2010 Orange County Convention Center; Orlando, FL
PCGS Members Only July 22-24, 2010 The Venetian Hotel & Casino; Las Vegas, NV

For additional shows PCGS is attending in 2010, click here.
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Same Date, Different Type Part VII
By Mike Sherman

We've come to the seventh and final installment of our look at coins of the same denomination and date, with different designs. This time, we'll look at the three examples in the U.S. gold series of the late 18th and early 19th century.

One of the most puzzling transitions took place in the early Half Eagle and Eagle series. Robert Scot's "Small Eagle" design that appeared in 1795 was not popular, with contemporary criticism aimed at the "sickly and scrawny looking bird" on the reverse of our two flagship coins. Read More...

1999-W $5 and $10 Unfinished Proof Die Gold Eagles
By Jaime Hernandez

In 1999, the U.S. Mint made a drastic mistake by producing the first Mint State $5 and $10 Gold Eagles bearing a "W" mint mark. In 1999, only Proof Gold Eagles were intended to bear the "W" mint mark. This mistake has left us with a lot of puzzling unanswered questions about the production and existence of the 1999-W $5 and $10 Mint State coins.

The year 1999 turned out to be a very busy year for the U.S. Mint. It received a tremendous and unexpected demand for American Gold Eagles. Read More...
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