May 11, 2010 | Vol. 10 Number 10
Collectors Club Price Guide NEW PCGS CoinFacts Services Set RegistrySM
Central States Coin Show Report
By Don Willis

The Central States show in Milwaukee last week was the first public venue where PCGS Secure Plus™ coins traded since the new service was announced on March 25 at the ANA show in Ft. Worth.

A survey of dealer cases showed quite a few coins in the new Secure Plus holders. Also, Secure Plus coins were offered for the very first time in the Central States Heritage auction. In particular, there was a 1909 $5 in MS65+ that sold for $23,000. The last two Heritage sales resulted in MS65 examples of the same date selling for $13,800. A nice bump up! Similarly a 1928-S $1 in MS64+ sold for $1,840 while the last few MS64 sales reported by Heritage for MS64 were $600 and change.

PCGS Secure Plus is less than six weeks old and understandably there is a learning curve as to what it means and how it operates. However, we are seeing a steady stream of coins being submitted through the new service. Over time, everyone will become comfortable with Secure Plus and the market will establish appropriate values.

As always, please let us know how you are enjoying the PCGS eCollector.
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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 1992-D Columbus Half Dollar in a special PCGS holder indicating eCollector issue #41. Check the next issue to see if you won. Good luck!

Last week's winner of the 1989-D Congress Half Dollar was Lyn Klein from Hays, Kansas. Congratulations Lyn!

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Stolen Coins - Becoming More and More Common
By Jaime Hernandez

In the past several months, there have been more reports of coin thefts or missing coins than usual. Most importantly, every time a coin is stolen the owner's safety is also at risk.

Here are some tips to minimize coin thefts and hopefully help keep you and your coins safer.

Be careful who you tell that you collect coins. You might be very close friends with someone and feel comfortable telling them you collect coins, and in return, it might be very easy for them to innocently tell others that you have coins. The fewer people who know that you collect coins, the safer your coins are!

If you're buying coins through the mail, it's always best to have them delivered to your postal box. This way, coins won't get left on your doorstep or even worse, get delivered to the wrong address. If you're currently receiving numerous coins at your address, the odds are someone else knows you have coins in your home.

Also, if you subscribe to coin-related content that indicates coins on the shipping label, you should have them delivered to a postal box. If you don't have a postal box you should definitely get one. Read More...

PCGS Members Only Show - This Week!

Join us this week in Las Vegas.

Here are the details:
May 12-15, 2010 • The Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas

When - Wednesday-Saturday, May 12-15, 2010

Where - The Venetian Hotel, San Polo Room #3402

Who May Attend - PCGS Collectors Club Members and Authorized Dealers. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts™ - 1797 $10 Small Eagle (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 recent example:

Ron Guth: Ten Dollar Gold coins (or "Eagles") were produced by the U.S. Mint beginning in 1795. Initially, the coins bore 15 stars, one for each of the United States (Vermont and Kentucky had been admitted to join the original 13). In 1796, the number of stars rose to 16 following the admission of Tennessee into the Union. Read More...
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Same Date Different Type Part IV
By Mike Sherman

In our next installment of this series, we'll take a look at three 18th century examples of U.S. coins of the same denomination, bearing the same date, but of a totally different type.

In its first year of operation, the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia produced three unique types of cents. During March 1793, some 36,000 Chain Cents were stuck. Even these have two distinct varieties, with the abbreviated "AMERI" reverse as well as the "AMERICA" legend on the back. From April to July, just over 63,000 cents of the Wreath design were made; again, with two major varieties; the lettered edge and the vine & bars edge. Finally, in September, the Mint delivered approximately 11,000 cents dated 1793 of the new Liberty Cap type, which would last through 1796. Read More...

Join PCGS at the Following Shows:

Submit your coins directly to PCGS at the following upcoming shows:
Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles ExpoJune 3-5, 2010Long Beach, CA
Baltimore ExpoJune 17-20, 2010Baltimore, MD
Summer FUN Show July 8-10, 2010Orlando, FL
For the complete list of all shows PCGS is attending in 2010, click here.
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