September 14, 2010 | Vol. 10 Number 18
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Gold, Silver and the Coin Market
By Jaime Hernandez

The big news in the coin market is definitely the price of gold and silver. The prices have recently gone up significantly for both metals, and gold is really close to breaking an all-time high.

Many of us are wondering whether it's a good time to buy or sell gold and silver. But the reality is, no one has a crystal ball when it comes to the price of gold and silver, (or any other asset for that matter).

The great news is that when gold and silver are doing really well, it tends bring a lot of attention to the coin market and coins tend to perform well. Will the price increases of gold and silver push coin prices up too? Who knows, but it's definitely an exciting time to be involved in the coin market!

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Collect With a Purpose
From RARE COIN REVIEW No. 50, January-March 1984
By David Q. Bowers

What to collect? Undoubtedly this question has run through your mind if you are a typical numismatist. The vast panorama of American coinage offers many possibilities. Liberty Walking half dollars are attractive, Barber dimes form a challenge, Morgan dollars are high on the popularity list, Vermont copper coins of 1785-1788 seem interesting, and there are hundreds of other possibilities.

Why collect with a purpose? Why not just accumulate coins? In the writer's opinion, to do so would be to lose much of the fun numismatics has to offer. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts™ - 1823 $5 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 Akers (1975/88): The 1823 is a very rare coin but it is still one of the more "common" dates of this type, and certainly the most available date between 1821 and 1829. When 1820 is considered just as a date and the Curved Base 2 and Square Base 2 varieties are not broken out, the 1823 is more rare than the 1820, as well as the 1813, 1814/3 and 1818. Read More...

2010 Silver Proof Sets - Latest Sales Figures
By Jaime Hernandez

The 2010 Silver Proof Set was first offered by the U.S. Mint on August 26, 2010. Each set contained 14 different proof coins and the set was priced at $56.95 each directly from the U.S. Mint.

The set included collector versions of all circulating coins in proof format. The coins in the set were the 2010 Lincoln Cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, the five different America the Beautiful Quarters, a Kennedy Half Dollar, a Native American Dollar and finally the four different Presidential Dollars (all coins from the year 2010). Read More...

How I Got Started in Coin Collecting - Reader Replies
By Jaime Hernandez

We previously posted a story by David Hall describing how his numismatic ventures began. In this issue, our readers share about their numismatic ventures and how they got started in the numismatic hobby.

"In grade school, boys would buy baseball cards and play various games flipping cards. Read More...
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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 small cent colors. 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 Indian Cents. Next time, we'll look at some late-date 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. Read More...

Submit Your Coins Directly to PCGS at These Upcoming Shows:

Autumn is nearly upon us, and there is no better time to have your coins graded by PCGS. Visit us for some fun in the sun in Las Vegas for the PCGS Members Only Show. For additional shows PCGS is attending in 2010, click HERE.

Long Beach Coin & Stamp Collectibles Expo September 23-25, 2010 Long Beach, CA
The Silver Dollar & Rare Coin Expo October 14-16, 2010 St. Charles, MO
Baltimore Expo November 4-7, 2010 Baltimore, MD
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