May 25, 2010 | Vol. 10 Number 11
Collectors Club Price Guide NEW PCGS CoinFacts Services Set RegistrySM
PCGS Members Only Show a Big Hit
By Don Willis

The PCGS Members Only show was held last week at the Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas. On Thursday we had some special guests stop by to drop off coins for grading. It was a couple of the principals from the hit TV show Pawn Stars. While one of his employees was busy submitting coins that had been purchased at the shop, "The Old Man" (Richard Harrison) and I spoke about his business and how the TV show has changed it. He told me that he now has 600-700 people come in the shop every day and he has had to increase his staff from 11 to 42. Needless to say, their attendance at the show did not go unnoticed and added to an already considerable buzz.

Everyone who attends one of our Members shows loves it and has a great time. There is an amazing concentration of coins, dealers and collectors in a cozy and friendly atmosphere. Most dealers tell us they conduct as much business at a Members show as they do at many of the major national shows. We also get the opportunity to see some great coins; for example a 1909 V.D.B. Proof Lincoln cent was upgraded from a PR67RB to a PCGS PR67+RB. Read more about that coin in the article below. Our next Members show will be held July 21-24, also at the Palazzo. Check our web site for details and special room rates for attendees.

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1909 V.D.B. Matte Proof Lincoln Cent Graded PCGS PR67+RB Sells for Record Price
By Jaime Hernandez

On March 04, 2010 the highest-graded 1909 V.D.B. Matte Proof Lincoln cent sold for over $200,000. This is to date the highest price ever paid for a regular-issue business strike or proof small cent, including Flying Eagle, Indian Head and Lincoln cents. In addition to its numerical grade, this Red Brown example displays extremely attractive toning. The record price for any Lincoln cent was set in 2008 when a 1944-S Lincoln cent error coin struck in steel instead of copper was purchased by Laura Sperber of Legend Numismatics. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts™ - 1968 10C "No S" (Proof)

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

Jaime Hernandez: This is the first proof coin that was accidentally struck by the United States Mint without containing the S mint mark.

As of 2009, as few as a dozen examples exist in all grades combined, making it an extremely scarce coin. Read More...

Congratulations 2010 PCGS ANA Summer Seminar Scholarship Winners

Three lucky PCGS Set RegistrySM members have been selected to receive scholarships to the popular American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado this year. The winners, who will be attending an ANA Summer Seminar for the first time, are Christopher Bryan, James M. Bucki Sr. and Gerry Fortin. Read More

2010 Uncirculated and Proof Gold Buffaloes
By Jaime Hernandez

The highly anticipated 2010 Proof One Ounce Gold Buffaloes will finally be available from the U.S. Mint next week on June 23, 2010. This is great news for collectors and dealers, as there has been a limited supply of Proof Gold Buffaloes for quite some time.

Last year, the Mint canceled several Gold Buffalo coin products which included all Uncirculated and Proof Fractional Gold Buffalo coins. All Fractional Gold Buffalo coins were canceled due to the lack of gold planchet supplies required to produce the coins. And instead, the Mint only offered the 2009 One Ounce Gold Uncirculated and Proof Gold Buffaloes. Read More...

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Pawn Stars Celebrities Attend the PCGS Members Only Show
By Jaime Hernandez

At the recent PCGS Members Only Coin Show in Las Vegas, none other than Richard Harrison, the "Old Man" from the popular TV show Pawn Stars showed up at the PCGS table and dropped off several dozen coins for grading.

The "Old Man" arrived with a co-worker and when they dropped off their coins at the PCGS table, some of our customer service representatives immediately recognized him and asked if they could take a photo with him. After he agreed and posed for pictures with our staff, other attendees recognized him too and also asked for photos. Read More...

Same Date, Different Type Part V
By Mike Sherman

In this installment, we'll take a look at several mid-year changeovers in the U.S. gold series that took place during the 20th century.

By 1904, the Gobrecht/Longacre Liberty Head design that had graced nearly all of our nation's gold coinage was 65 years old, and winds of change were in the air. President Theodore Roosevelt, a fan of ancient Greek and Roman coinage and a personal friend of the noted sculptor Augustus St. Gaudens, wrote the Treasury secretary in November, suggesting the possibility of hiring someone like St. Gaudens to improve the nation's "atrociously hideous" coinage (left photo above). Negotiations were underway by 1906, and models were prepared that year. Read More...
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