January 18, 2011 | Vol. 11 Number 2
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The Fun Show
By Don Willis

Happy New Year everyone! The numismatic year of 2011 was introduced in usual fashion by the FUN show in Tampa, Florida. Including the opening Bowers & Merena auction (or is it Stacks-Bowers already?) collectors and dealers started arriving in Tampa on January 1 and 2.

The FUN show is always special because of the way it infuses new energy into the market, reinvigorating both collector and dealer alike. The FUN show marks the beginning of something new and provides a clean slate and fresh start for everyone. This year's FUN show did not let us down! As always the show was large with many dealers set up, excellent displays and of course crowded aisles. There was a buzz on the floor all day, every day. The auctions were top-notch with many superb rarities selling. So here we go, 2011 is underway! We at PCGS are looking forward to an exciting new year!

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Faces of a Dictator
By Dr. Richard Doty

Ask anyone what the words "totalitarian" or "dictator" mean, and they'll likely associate the words with the 20th century, with some of the darkest deeds of modern Europe. But the words are older than that - dictator comes from the Latin, someone wielding absolute-but-temporary authority - and dictators and totalitarian states are not limited to recent times, or to Europe. Indeed, they can pop up in some unexpected places. 19th-century Argentina is a case in point. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts 1932-D Washington Quarter

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 1932-D is by far the rarest of the Washington quarters. There are only two Washington quarters with mintages under one million coins. The 1932-D has an original mintage of 436,800 coins and the 1932-S has a mintage of 408,000 coins. Read More...

5-Ounce America the Beautiful Quarter - Difficult to Buy
By Jaime Hernandez

The first 5-ounce America the Beautiful Quarters have been extremely difficult to purchase directly from the U.S. Mint Authorized Bullion Purchasers.

So far, only a few of the Authorized Bullion Purchasers have offered the coins and usually by the time they start selling the coins, only some collectors submit their orders on time to secure a set. Read More...

New PCGS Collectors Club Diamond Level Membership
By Don Willis

Beginning February 1, 2011, PCGS will be offering a Diamond Level to our Collectors Club Memberships. A Diamond Level member will receive all the benefits of the Platinum Level, plus a one-year subscription to PCGS CoinFacts™. Read More...
PCGS Secure Plus™ Update: See how the Scanner detects re-submitted coins that have been altered. Watch video!
Part Five - Jim Ruddy's Photograde (1970) "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words."
By Mike Sherman

The endeavor to accurately grade U.S. coins entered a new era in 1970 with the publication of Photograde - A Photographic Grading Guide for United States Coins by James F. Ruddy. Published by Bowers and Ruddy Galleries, the book electrified the hobby by illustrating with high-resolution black and white photographs all major series of U.S. coins in all circulated grades, from About Good to About Uncirculated. Read More...

Join PCGS in 2011 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 shows. We look forward to seeing you this year. For a more detailed list of shows, click here.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp and Collectibles Expo February 3-5, 2011 Long Beach, CA
PCGS Members Only Show February 23-25, 2011 Las Vegas, NV
ANA National Money Show March 17-19, 2011 Sacramento, CA
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