February 15, 2011 | Vol. 11 Number 4
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PCGS Celebrates 25th Anniversary
By Don Willis

PCGS celebrated its 25th anniversary with a rockin' party preceding the past Long Beach show. Entertainment was provided by the PCGS Blues Band which included David Hall on bass, Steve Mayer on keyboards, John Dannreuther on guitar and Laura Sperber on drums. The Blues band gave way to a group called The Fun Zone who rocked the night away. Various memorabilia from the past 25 years was on display and plenty of PCGS dealers, collectors and employees enjoyed the free food and entertainment.

The Long Beach show was the best we've seen in some time. PCGS was extremely busy grading coins onsite and taking care of all the Collectors Club members who came to our table. The show was well-attended and we heard many positive reports from dealers. Expos Unlimited opened a new budget area where tables could be rented by the day at steeply discounted rates. The idea was to attract many of the smaller local dealers who could only get away from their shops for a day and to appeal to their limited budget. It certainly seemed to work as virtually every table in the room was occupied. We are looking forward to the next Long Beach in June!

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New Diamond Level Collectors Club Membership
By Don Willis

On February 1, 2011, PCGS began offering a new Collectors Club Membership level. The new Diamond Membership includes everything a Platinum level membership offers plus a one-year subscription to PCGS CoinFacts™. Ever since launching PCGS CoinFacts, we have been receiving requests to combine the subscription and membership programs. This is exactly what the new Diamond level membership is intended to do. We believe we have created an attractive new offer. You can learn more about this offering by going to our website at www.pcgs.com/join.

CoinFacts: 1922 50C Grant Star (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 1922 Grant half dollar is one of the earlier issues in the classic era (1892-1954) silver commemorative series. Like most of the early issues, the Grant is much scarcer in Gem condition than the later (post-1930) issues. Interestingly, there are two varieties of the Grant half dollar. The more common variety (original mintage of 67,405 coins) does not have a star in the obverse field and the rarer variety (original mintage of just 4256 coins) has a large star stamped into the right obverse field. The reason for the star was apparently to create a rarer variety and stimulate sales, though the "real reason" for the addition of the basically meaningless star is somewhat cloudy. Read More...

U.S. Army Commemoratives on Sale
By Jaime Hernandez

On January 31, 2011, the U.S. Mint officially began sales of the three different Army Commemorative coin designs. One of the three designs is for the Uncirculated and Proof Clad Half Dollars. The second design is for the Uncirculated and Proof Silver Dollars. And finally, the third design is used for the $5 Uncirculated and Proof Gold coins.

Half Dollars
Obverse: The obverse of the U.S. Army Half Dollar coin depicts three Army soldiers. One of the soldiers is surveying two other soldiers building a flood wall. In the background, there is a Redstone Army rocket that was used in early space exploration. The inscriptions on the coin read, U.S. ARMY SERVICE IN PEACE, LIBERTY and the flood wall has the motto, IN GOD WE TRUST. Read More...
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Part Seven - The ANA Publishes Grading Standards (1977)
By Mike Sherman

During the mid-1970s, as price differences between grades widened, the need to protect and inform collectors (consumers) from overgraded coins drew the attention of the American Numismatic Association, the nation's largest numismatic organization. In 1973, Virginia Culver, the President of the ANA at the time, initiated a four-year effort to establish official grading standards for all U.S. coins. To head up this effort, she turned to veteran dealer Abe Kosoff, who along with Ken Bressett, Q. David Bowers, Harvey Stack and other industry leaders, published the ANA's standards in a 1977 book entitled Official ANA Grading Standards for United States Coins. Read More...

Join PCGS at the Following Shows:

A new year means another busy year of traveling for PCGS. Join us and submit your coins directly to PCGS at the following upcoming shows. We look forward to seeing you this year. For a more complete list of shows, click here.
PCGS Members Only Show February 23-25, 2011 Las Vegas, NV
ANA National Money Show March 17-19, 2011 Sacramento, CA
Baltimore Expo March 31-April 2, 2011 Baltimore, MD
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