June 07, 2011 | Vol. 11 Number 12
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Readers - Suggest a Survey Question for our Next PCGS eCollector
By Jaime Hernandez

In every issue, we have a survey at the bottom of the newsletter. In this issue, we will give away a PCGS-encapsulated 1854 Large Cent to the best survey suggestion submitted by any one of you!

All you need to do is submit a coin-related survey question for us to post in the next eZine. Anyone can submit a suggestion for our survey; it just has to be a question that requires a "Yes" or "No" answer. Example - Do you own one or more PCGS-graded coins? Our subscribers would then answer "Yes" or "No." Submit your suggestion here on the PCGS Blog (toward the bottom of the page where it says Leave a Reply).

If we use your survey suggestion for the next eZine, we will send you a FREE PCGS-encapsulated 1834 Large Cent. (Any other survey suggestions we use will be subsequently credited to the people who submitted them.)

We have some really great stories in this issue and hopefully you find them interesting. As always, please let us know how you are enjoying the PCGS eCollector.
eCollector Subscribers: WIN a Free Coin!
(For eCollector Subscribers only)

In each issue of eCollector, we randomly draw a name from our subscribers.

The winner in this issue will receive a 1854 Large Cent in a special PCGS holder indicating eCollector issue #69. Check the next issue to see if you won. Good luck!

Last week's winner of the 1937 Walking Liberty Half Dollar was Eric Gamble from Arlington, Texas. Congratulations Eric!

Please send an email to [email protected] to claim your prize.

View list of all past winners.

Offer good while supplies last, and may be altered or cancelled by PCGS at any time.

Bill Gates and the Oregon Trail Commemorative Coins
By Jaime Hernandez

Imagine being laid off and you can't find a job where you live. To make matters worse, you also have a wife and kids to take care of. Or maybe you already have a job, but it doesn't pay enough for you to feed and house your family.

Then you hear that Bill Gates (the richest man in America) and his company, Microsoft, need a lot of individuals to work. But the job requires you to move 2,000 miles away from where you currently reside. Before you even go there, you are warned that there's no guarantee that you will get a job and there's also no guarantee that you will earn enough money to make a decent living for you and your family.

Some brave individuals might not have a choice but to take that 2,000 mile journey, knowing there is no guarantee of getting a job or good pay. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts 1858/7 Flying Eagle Cent (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 1858/7 Flying Eagle Cent is a very scarce and popular variety. The underlying 7 was punched first too high and to the right, then overpunched. On low-grade examples, the 7 can be somewhat weak and indistinct, but there are two other markers to help identify this variety. Read More...

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Remembering Harry Bass - The King of Gold
By John Dannreuther

This is a brief excerpt from an in-depth article previously published by PCGS called "The King of Gold - The Greatest Collection of United States Gold Coins Ever Assembled."

John Dannreuther is well-known for his numismatic research. He is also the co-author of The United States Gold Coinage Significant Auction Records.

Harry Bass was a man whose passion was United States gold coins. Starting in 1966, he began assembling a gold coin collection that would eventually include over 6,000 coins. Not only did he collect by date and mintmark, he collected by die variety and die state! Read More...

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Knowledge is King
By Ron Guth

One of the "rules" of numismatics, one that you'll hear over and over again, is that there's no Santa Claus in the coin business. Put another way, no one is going to sell you a coin that's worth $10,000 for $200. At least...not on purpose. But, the reality is this - there are plenty of undervalued coins just waiting to be picked off by knowledgeable collectors. The key word is "knowledgeable." If you know what you're looking for, if you have the right knowledge, you can score big. Read More...

1974 Aluminum Cent
By Jaime Hernandez

The 1974 Aluminum cent is considered to be one of the crown jewels in the Lincoln cent series, and maybe even in numismatics. There is only one confirmed 1974 Aluminum cent held in public hands. The coin is graded PCGS MS62.

1973 was a very turbulent year for the U.S. Mint. One cent coins were in huge demand in our monetary system. To make matters worse, the U.S. Mint was spending more than one cent to produce Lincoln cents for circulation, mainly due to the escalating price of copper. The U.S. Mint responded by giving the one cent coin a complete transformation. Read More...
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