October 26, 2010 | Vol. 10 Number 21
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PCGS Blog - A New Way to Communicate with Collectors
By Jaime Hernandez

Would you believe that about a third of a country's army was once comprised of mostly female warriors?

If anyone deserves to be depicted on a coin, it's definitely the women warriors from Dahomey. And sure enough, in 1971 Italy struck a coin to honor these very brave women. To learn more about these women warriors, make sure you read our featured article entitled, "The History of Dahomey." (Note - the coin images may or may not be suitable for children under 18, therefore, viewer discretion is advised).

On a different note, the U.S. Mint will strike up to 100,000 of each of the five different 2010 America the Beautiful 5-Ounce Silver Quarter designs. Do you think that any of the five different America the Beautiful 5-Ounce Silver Quarters will sell out? To answer, go to the PCGS Blog http://www.pcgsblog.com/ where David Hall, Don Willis, Ron Guth and I comment on different subjects relating to coins. The PCGS Blog is a new way for us at PCGS to communicate with coin collectors on a more personal level. To post your comments, just click on "COMMENTS" on any Blog post. You can also reply to our survey at the bottom of this page.

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Republic of Dahomey 1971 Commemoration Coin: Political Change and the Mythical Mino Female Warriors
By Duane Blake

The large silver commemorative coin in the photograph was minted in 1971 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of a short-lived country known until 1975 as the "Republic of Dahomey." The Republic of Dahomey, also known as simply 'Dahomey,' is situated in West Africa, and while known by different names throughout its history, has since 1975 been called the "Republic of Benin" or simply "Benin."

Today, most of the eight million residents of Benin live either in the capital of Porto-Novo or the largest city in Cotonou. Even earlier, the Republic of Dahomey was referred to as the Kingdom of Dahomey. Read More...

PCGS Coinfacts - 1936-S 50C Bay Bridge (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 San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was opened to the public in November, 1936 and in the same month, 100,055 Bay Bridge commemorative half dollars were struck at the San Francisco Mint. Interestingly, many were sold (at $1.50) in drive-up booths at the bridge itself. It was the first (and I think only) "drive-up" commemorative! In 1937, there were 28,631 Bay Bridge half dollars melted as unsold, making the distributed mintage a healthy 71,424 coins. Read More...

2009 Satin Finish Lincoln Cents with Low Mintages
By Jaime Hernandez

On October 1, 2009 the U.S. Mint began offering the 2009 Uncirculated Coin Sets. This set contained 36 different coins including eight significant coins, which are all the different 2009 Lincoln cents.

The eight Lincoln cents in the 2009 Uncirculated Coin Set were the Log Cabin, Formative Years, Professional Life and Presidency designs. Each set contained all four different Lincoln cent designs with an example from both the Philadelphia and Denver Mints.

The eight different Lincoln cents issued in the set were of significance because they were composed of 95% copper alloy, 3% zinc and 2% tin. Read More...
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The Penny Lady
By Charmy Harker

When I was in my late 30's I had no clue what a numismatist was. I was a litigation paralegal in a large law firm in Southern California and always thought of myself as a typical working mom living on a quiet cul-de-sac with my husband, two teenage boys, and our dog Mc. I usually spent my evenings making dinner, helping with homework, doing laundry, attending school functions - you know, the usual mom stuff. Also, since the boys were in the first grade I have been very active in the scouting program as a parent volunteer. So my "plate" was pretty full and I never dreamed of becoming not just a coin collector but also a coin dealer!

Ever since I was a young girl, I have enjoyed collecting all kinds of things, including souvenir spoons, stamps, old tins, troll dolls, and numerous other trinkets. My family was often on the verge of doing an "intervention" and sending me to "Collectors Anonymous" meetings when, about eight years ago, I inherited several boxes of coins from my aunt. 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.

CoinFest October 28-30, 2010 Stamford, CT
Baltimore Expo November 4-7, 2010 Baltimore, MD
Santa Clara Expo November 18-20, 2010 Santa Clara, CA
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