October 10, 2011 | Vol. 11 Number 21
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Coins Bring Back Old Memories
By Jaime Hernandez

Sometimes all it takes is a small item like a coin to remind us of the scars that our country and our ancestors suffered. So, this week we hope you appreciate an article reflecting back to the 1920s and 1930s during the Great Depression, discussing coins that circulated during that time. It's just amazing how life was back then compared to now.

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The Wall Street Crash, The Great Depression, and Gold Coins Removed from Circulation
By Jaime Hernandez

On October 29, 1929, "Black Tuesday," the New York Stock Market declined 23% in two consecutive days. To make matters worse, the unemployment rate in America reached a record high of 25%! That means that one in every four American workers was unemployed. During that time, numerous teenagers and other family members were forced to leave their families behind to try to find jobs in other cities or even other states. Many of them hitchhiked on freight trains, traveling around the country in hopes of finding a job somewhere along the way. Others stayed behind, including many American families who in the end became homeless. These were definitely turbulent times. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts 1799 1C, BN (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:

Gordon Wrubel: 1799 is one of the key dates in the large cent series. There are two varieties, the normal date (Sheldon-189) and the overdate 1799/8 (Sheldon-188). Both are scarce coins in all grades, and extremely rare in grades above EF. There is only one known mint state example of either variety, the 1799 normal date graded MS61 Brown by PCGS that sold in the September, 2009 auction of the Dan Holmes collection for $977,500. Read More...

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1795 $10 Gold Eagle - An Enduring Treasure
By Jaime Hernandez

One has to wonder how a coin over 200 years old still exists in immaculate condition today!

In 1795, someone could have gone to the bank and taken out $10 to pay for their mortgage, or used the $10 for just about anything else they wanted too, but instead, they fell in love with a beautiful piece of art and decided to buy this coin. And for the past 215 years, the owners of this coin have done a fabulous job of carefully preserving such a significant U.S. coin for so long.

The 1795 Eagle pictured here is graded MS65 by PCGS and is one of only two in this grade with none graded higher. Read More...
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Modern Chinese Coin Market Heats Up
By BJ Searls

Rare coins are a hot commodity in China. The modern Chinese coin market has literally exploded in the past year. The Chinese are demonstrating a passion for coins rarely seen in recent times. As a result, PCGS is beginning to see a surge in modern coins coming from China. And to follow suit, the PCGS Set RegistrySM has expanded the Chinese registry.

The People's Republic of China standard coinage, made from 1955 to date, is interesting because there are a number of rare issues. The 1982 Jiao, 2 Jaio, 5 Jaio and Yuan were produced in circulation strike but in very limited numbers; in fact, the Krause catalogue does not list them. Read More...

Smoking Pays Off For Collectors
By Jaime Hernandez

In the year 1955, some lucky individuals who smoked cigarettes (or unlucky, depending on how you look at it), had the opportunity of receiving one or two brand new Uncirculated 1955 Doubled Die cents in change from cigarette vending machines.

At the time, a pack of cigarettes would only cost 23 cents from vending machines. However, there was one problem: those vending machines would only take quarters. Read More...

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