April 26, 2011 | Vol. 11 Number 9
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Silver on Fire
By Jaime Hernandez

There are approximately 6.9 billion individuals in the entire world. About 2 billion of them will be watching the Royal Wedding on TV, which takes place later this week on April 29, 2011. That's more than a quarter of the world's population! I didn't realize that so many people were interested in it, but once I did, we posted some coins related to the Royal Wedding in this issue.

In the much smaller world of numismatics, silver is still on fire, affecting coin prices all over the country. If it continues at this rate, the 31-year-old record of $50 an ounce will more than likely be broken this year and from the looks of it, many of our readers think it will be based on last week's survey.

This week, the Mint will begin offering the 2010-P Collector versions of the 5 oz. America the Beautiful Quarters, as posted in last week's news. The Mint also began offering the 2011 Bullion versions to its Mint Authorized Purchasers as discussed below.

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New Photograde Upgrade Imminent
By Mike Sherman

PCGS has recently completed an upgrade to its popular and highly regarded Photograde Online program. Version 1.4, due to be released next month, includes approximately 120 new grade photographs, and another two dozen improved or replacement images.

Added for the first time are Draped Bust Half Dimes, with 21 grades ranging from Fair-2 to MS65. Significant enhancements have been made to the following coins:

1793 Half Cents, 1796 Quarters, low-grade Quarter Eagles, high-grade Draped Bust Half Dollars, and Classic Half Eagles. A number of "holes" have been plugged as well, particularly at the lowest and highest grade levels. Read More...

The Royal Wedding Makes it to Numismatics
By Jaime Hernandez

The Royal Wedding between Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton will take place on Friday, April 29, 2011. To celebrate, the Royal Mint, the Canadian Royal Mint and the Pobjoy Mint have issued several coins honoring this historic event.

The Canadian Royal Mint issued two different coins. First, a colored 25 Cent coin made of steel. The reverse depicts Prince William and Miss Catherine while the obverse displays Queen Elizabeth II. The price for each coin is set at $25.95 (CAD). The second coin being issued is a Proof $20 coin struck in pure silver. Read More...

Mint Offers 2011 5 oz. America the Beautiful Coins to its Authorized Purchasers
By Jaime Hernandez

Earlier this month, the U.S. Mint sent the following memo to its Bullion Authorized Purchasers regarding the 2011 5 oz. America the Beautiful Quarters.

"The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the first two 2011 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins - Gettysburg National Military Park and Glacier National Park - on Monday, April 25, 2011. The coins will be offered on an allocation basis, divided equally among participating Silver Authorized Purchasers (APs).

The United States Mint will issue coins in the 2011 America the Beautiful Silver Five Ounce Bullion Coins Program in quantities substantially higher than we did for the 2010 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins Program. Read More...

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Former Mint Chief Engraver Visits PCGS Europe Office
By Muriel Eymery

During the most recent grading session held in Paris from April 11-15, PCGS was delighted to receive Mr. Hubert Lariviere as a special invited guest. Mr. Lariviere recently retired as the Chief Mint Engraver for Monnaie de Paris, a position he occupied from 2003 to 2011. Mr. Lariviere began his illustrious career at the French Mint in 1969. Mr. Lariviere is famous for several innovative designs during his tenure. After receiving a tour of the PCGS operation, he examined a 1993 Essai 20 francs Jeux mediterraneens graded SP68, the highest graded so far by PCGS. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts 1880-S $1 VAM 10 8/7 Crossbar (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:

Ron Guth: The 1880-S VAM 10 Silver Dollar is a Top 100 variety and is believed to be the toughest of the 1880-S overdate varieties. The key attribution point is the second 8, which shows a clear crossbar from an underlying 7. Read More...
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