October 12, 2010 | Vol. 10 Number 20
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October - A Busy Month for the U.S. Mint
By Jaime Hernandez

As we move closer to the end of the year, the U.S. Mint is trying to keep up with coin production. For most of this year, it was uncertain whether the Mint would produce 2010 Proof Silver Eagles. However, earlier this week it announced that it would produce 2010 Proof Silver Eagles and begin selling them to collectors on November 19, 2010.

In addition to the Proof Silver Eagles, the Mint is also going to offer the 2010 Silver 5-Ounce America the Beautiful Quarters sometime before the end of the year. Production for the 5-Ounce coins has already commenced and so far, the coins look spectacular (in my opinion) because of their large and detailed designs. The Mint has not provided a specific release date, but for several months collectors and dealers have been anxiously awaiting. In the next few weeks we shall see if the coins are as popular as many are anticipating.

In the meantime, in this week's survey (toward the bottom of the page) we're asking if you are going to buy the 5-Ounce America the Beautiful Silver Quarters. Cast your vote!

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Etiquette When Cherry Picking Coins
By Mike Shickler

My first real experience cherry picking a coin was at a local swap meet when I was in my early twenties (over 20 years ago). I was looking through the dealer's overpriced wares as I did weekly, hoping to find something that would fit in my $40-a-week coin budget. His coins were stored in the display cases often seen at coin shows, and one needed to ask to view a single coin. After several inquiries, I did not find anything I liked.

As I was about to leave, I noticed a large abalone shell full of Liberty nickels with a tattered handwritten sign taped on the front that said $1.00 each. At that point I had already been collecting coins since I was 14, and had since poured over my 1978 Red Book looking at mintage figures and the relative values of key-date coins in every series. I sat down for a thoughtful look at this group of nickels and after several minutes I had put a couple of them aside. I then came across a nickel with a date that was barely discernible, but there it was - 1886. I knew it was one of the key dates and I put that one with the others for purchase, and I eagerly handed the man three dollars. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts™ 1936-D 50C Arkansas (Regular Strike)

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

David Hall: The 1936-D Half Dollar is the most common of the three Arkansas issues in all grades from MS63 thru MS67. It is one of the more common of the 1935 to 1939 Arkansas issues. Superb MS66 specimens are scarce nonetheless, and MS67 examples are quite rare with maybe just a few dozen known. Read More...

An Interesting 1967 20C Doubled Die Coin from South Africa
By Duane Blake

I recently discovered an unusual coin in a suburban Boston area. Upon close examination, the coin turned out to be a South African Doubled Die 20 Cent coin!

The strong doubling on the obverse consists of a wide spread around the rim of the legend "SUID" and to lesser extent on the letters "AFRIKA" and the date. Further, engraver Tommy Sasseen's initials "T.S." under the bust of van Riebeeck are very heavily spread on the doubling, to the point of being four separate and distinct letters, with the associated dramatic doubling of the periods after the letters.

The other obverse design elements and entire reverse design show little or no doubling, save for a slight doubling under the breastplate of Van Riebeeck's bust. Read More...
PCGS at the ANA Show, August 2010.
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Tips From the Grading Room
By Mike Sherman

Welcome to "Tips from the Grading Room." We'll continue our look at copper colors with some middle-date large cents.

PCGS designates three color states for all copper coins - Red, Red and Brown, and Brown. Of course, copper coins come in an almost infinite variety of color shades, so the category of "red and brown" for instance, encompasses a wide range of colors ranging from just a bit of brown in color, to just a bit of red.

The following are detailed descriptions of each color state, followed by a look at some Coronet large cents. Next time, we'll look at some earlier large cents.

Red (RD) is the designation that follows the numerical grade of MS/PR copper coins that are still in full mint bloom, with original color as struck and only slight diminishing of the luster or reflectivity is allowed. There must be at least 95 percent of the red color on both sides of the coins. Read More...

Submit Your Coins to PCGS at These Upcoming Shows:

Fall is upon us and there are plenty of opportunities to have your coins graded by PCGS. For additional shows PCGS is attending in 2010, click here.
The Silver Dollar & Rare Coin Expo October 14-16, 2010 St. Charles, MO
CoinFest October 28-30, 2010 Stamford, CT
Baltimore Expo November 4-7, 2010 Baltimore, MD
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