March 16, 2010 | Vol. 10 Number 6
Collectors Club Price Guide NEW PCGS CoinFacts Services Set RegistrySM
The Baltimore Show Report
By Jaime Hernandez, eCollector Editor

The Baltimore show was definitely good for us at PCGS and from our perspective, it was a good show for dealers and collectors too. Also a friendly reminder; we are just nine days away from "The BIG ONE!" So on March 25, 2010, make sure you visit You don't want to miss the announcement!

This week we have a new feature. At the bottom right-hand side of this newsletter, we have added a survey. Please take a minute and give it a try. We hope you enjoy it, and we think your answers will provide great input about the hobby. If you have a suggestion for our survey or a question you would like me to ask, please let us know.

We are definitely witnessing more and more record prices being broken in the entire collectibles market, including the coin market. Earlier this year, we witnessed several rare coins realizing record prices, including coins that entered the million dollar arena for the first time ever. This only reaffirms that there is a lot of confidence in the collectibles market, including coins.

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In each issue of eCollector, we randomly draw a name from our subscribers.

The winner in this issue will receive a 1993-S Bill of Rights Proof Half Dollar in a special PCGS holder indicating eCollector issue #37. Check the next issue to see if you won. Good luck!

Last week's winner of the 1986 Statue of Liberty Proof Half Dollar was Hodge Seo from Honolulu, Hawaii. Congratulations Hodge!

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9 Days... Until THE BIG ONE!!
By David Hall and Don Willis

All PCGS eCollector subscribers are cordially invited to attend the groundbreaking PCGS announcement on March 25, 2010. The announcement will be made during the Mid-Winter ANA convention in Ft. Worth, Texas at the Ft. Worth Convention Center, Room #108 at 10:00 a.m. CST. If you can't attend, visit on March 25, 2010 at 12:00 noon PST for the details.

Same Date – Different Type Part II
By Mike Sherman

Last time, we looked at four occurrences of a mid-year changeover in a coin type during the 20th century in the copper, nickel and silver series. Someone pointed out that I did not include the 1913 Liberty/Buffalo transition. The 1913 Liberty nickels were not authorized issues, and including them in the official "set" would make it a rather difficult project for the average collector to undertake with any reasonable expectation of completing it.

Today, we'll finish the 20th century examples, and then begin looking at the seven instances of a mid-year changeover in circulating American coinage that occurred in the 19th century.

At the 1920 ANA Convention, Farran Zerbe, one of the most active collectors of the early 20th century, proposed a coin commemorating the peace treaty signed at Versailles. Read More...

1998 $100 Statue of Liberty (Regular Strike) on

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:

Mitch Spivack: The 1998 $100 Mint State Platinum is a fascinating coin. On "paper," the coin shows a mintage of about 133,000 pieces. Yet, some 12 years later, PCGS has only graded a scant 205 MS69s and a single MS70 coin.

Compare these figures to the 2003 $100 Mint State coin. PCGS has graded 1,806 MS69s and 9 MS70s of the 2003 $100 Mint State Platinum (and even a few more as I believe the "multi-holder" pops are not included in these figures). Yet, the mintage on the 2003 MS $100 is only 8,007 coins. Read More...

PCGS Shows in 2010

Submit your coins directly to PCGS at the following upcoming shows:

ANA National Money ShowMach 25-28, 2010Fort Worth, TX
Santa Clara ExpoApril 8-10, 2010Santa Clara, CA
Chicago International
Coin Fair
April 22-25, 2010Rosemont, IL

For the complete list of all shows PCGS is attending in 2010, click HERE.
Rick Snow discusses Flying Eagle and Indian Cents at the Long Beach Show.
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Finest 1901-S Barber Quarter in PCGS MS68 Sells for Record Price
By Jaime Hernandez

To understand the magnitude of this coin existing in such a high grade, we need to go back to 1901 and visualize how a coin of this stature managed to survive in this condition.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, there were several collectors who were able to purchase coins directly from the U.S. Mint. In fact, one of the most prominent collectors in numismatics, John M. Clapp, (an oilman from Pennsylvania) was well-known for acquiring great rarities utilizing this method. Read More...

Boy Scouts Commemorative Coins – Will They Sell Out?
By Jaime Hernandez

On March 23, 2010, the U.S. Mint will release the 2010 Silver Dollar Boy Scout Commemorative coins. Many collectors are predicting a sellout, so the coin has been highly anticipated for the past several weeks.

The Mint will be offering Uncirculated and Proof versions for the 2010 Boy Scouts Commemorative coins. Between both product options of Uncirculated and Proof coins, the maximum authorized mintage cannot exceed 350,000. Read More...
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