March 2, 2010 | Vol. 10 Number 5
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The Big One is Coming!
By David Hall

PCGS, PCGS CoinFacts and the Certified Coin Exchange (CCE) will be launching numerous new initiatives, products and services in 2010. There will be a series of announcements over the course of the year. Some fairly significant things have already been introduced, including the PCGS Million Dollar Coin Club. Some things, such as our research on the 1841 quarter eagle, are ongoing.

But all the things we've done so far this year, and all the things we'll do this year pale in comparison to the announcement we'll be making at the Mid-Winter ANA convention in Fort Worth, Texas. At 10:30 on March 25, 2010, in Room #108, Fort Worth Convention Center, we will unveil the "Next Step"... the "New Way"... the "Big One." If you're going to be at the ANA convention, don't miss it!

If you're not going to be at the ANA, check at 12:00 PST on March 25 for all the info. THE BIG ONE IS COMING!

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Price Differences for Brown, Red Brown and Red Coins
By Jaime Hernandez

Collecting copper coins can be very challenging. Many of the Red copper coins are hard to find and to top it off, copper coin collectors are also some of the most aggressive collectors in today's coin market.

One of the reasons that copper coin collectors are considered so aggressive is because they will step up and pay significant premiums for coins that display completely original Red surfaces. This leaves many Red Brown and Brown coins lagging behind in pricing. However, Red Brown and Brown coins should not automatically be dismissed as undesired or non-scarce simply because they are worth much less than fully original Red examples. Before continuing, let's define a Brown, Red Brown and Red coin.

The definition of a Brown coin is a copper coin that contains 5% Red surfaces or less, but its surfaces are mostly Brown. Many Brown coins contain as much as 5% Red surfaces and are described as being Brown only. Read More...

PCGS Members Only Show Report
By Don Willis

I am here in Vegas as another successful PCGS Members show starts to wind down. Yesterday we had over 70 visitors. One gentleman came all the way from Scotland to attend! Another drove all the way from Florida! This is a great venue and the shows are a unique opportunity for PCGS collectors and dealers, but I was amazed at the great distance these guys would travel to attend.

On Thursday, Jeff Oxman and Mike Faraone hosted a lively discussion on collecting VAMs. Several expert collectors were in attendance and the conversation was very engaging. Read More...

1892-S 50C (Regular Strike) on
PCGS CoinFacts

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:

Jim Halperin: In the mid 1970s, half dollar collector extraordinaire James Bennett Pryor came across an original roll of 1892-S Barber half dollars. He kept the nicest one for his set and flew to Massachusetts to offer me the other 19. Read More...

PCGS Shows in 2010

Submit your coins directly to PCGS at the following upcoming shows. Read More...
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Same Date, Different Type
By Mike Sherman

One of the most engaging aspects of numismatics is its versatility. The number of different groupings or sets is limited only by one's imagination.

One collection that has always intrigued me is a set of coins of a particular denomination, bearing the same date, but of an entirely different type. Because new designs were sometimes introduced in the middle of a year, there have been numerous occasions when a given year saw two different major designs. (Minor design modifications also frequently occurred in the first year or two of a new design, but this article will focus only on major design changes.)

There are over a dozen examples of major midyear design changeovers in the copper, nickel and silver series coins alone, so we'll first take a look at some of the more common 20th century examples. Read More...

2010 American Veterans Commemorative Dollars Now Released
By Jaime Hernandez

The 2010 American Veterans Silver Commemorative Dollars were first offered to the public on February 25, 2010. The U.S. Mint will produce both an uncirculated and proof version of the coin. The uncirculated versions are $35.95 each. The proof versions are priced at $43.95.

The obverse of the coins will feature the feet of several disabled veterans to represent the millions of disabled veterans who served the United States of America. Arched above the design is a banner with the words "THEY STOOD UP FOR US." Below are the words "IN GOD WE TRUST," the date "2010" and the word "LIBERTY." Read More...
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