September 13, 2011 | Vol. 11 Number 19
Collectors Club Price Guide PCGS CoinFacts Services Set RegistrySM
Reader Comments Section Added to PCGS eCollector
By Jaime Hernandez

In this issue, we have added a new section where we post our Readers' Comments. If you would like to contribute, just send us your thoughts or comments and we will post them in the following issue.

Does inflation kick in a lot quicker in the coin market than in the rest of the world? I am still paying the same 44 cents for a First Class stamp as I was last year. However, a 2011-W Proof Silver Eagle now costs $68.45 if purchased directly from the U.S. Mint. That's an increase of $22.50 compared to last year's price.

I know the recent price increase is mainly due to the increasing price of silver. I know many individuals who buy Silver Eagles as gifts for grandkids, nephews, other relatives or friends; however, at these price levels, I think collectors will think twice before giving away a $68 coin. In the next few weeks, many collectors and dealers will definitely keep an eye on Silver Eagle prices.

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The winner in this issue will receive a 1893-S Type 1 Barber Dime in a special PCGS holder indicating eCollector issue #75. Check the next issue to see if you won. Good luck!

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Collecting Rare Coins: A Great Hobby With Wonderful Options - Part 1
By Bruce Amspacher

Collecting rare coins has been a passion shared by kings, sports personalities, famous actors and writers, and millions of people from all walks of life since the time of King Midas over 2,700 years ago. The coins from the earliest days were minted in Lydia, an area between the Mediterranean and Black seas. Many coins still survive from those ancient times, as do coins from the Romans and Greeks of 2,000 years ago. Read More...

Readers' Responses
By Jaime Hernandez

In response to the editorial content in the July 6 eCollector issue, here are some readers' responses. If you would like your response to be featured, please send an email to Jaime. We look forward to hearing from you!


One important point about the Mint: Not only does it run a profit, but it receives absolutely no public funding. Even the minting of coins for commerce is funded through Mint sales. I discussed this in an article earlier this year when we were facing a possible government shutdown that would have had no impact on the Mint:

Louis Golino


Remembering Harry Bass - The King of Gold
By John Dannreuther

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! Besides being the most complete die-variety and die-state collection of United States gold coins ever assembled, Harry's collection is also the finest-condition set of all time! Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts 1858 1C Large Letters (Proof)

Since the launch of PCGS CoinFacts™, we have been hard at work updating and expanding the site's information. Here's another recent example:

Jaime Hernandez: The Proof Flying Eagle cent with the lowest mintage. It is more scarce than the widely recognized 1856 Proof cent. With a mintage of only about 100 pieces, this coin is considered extremely scarce and far less than 100 are known to exist. As of 2011, less than 50 examples survive in all grades combined.

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The High Desert Collection was one of the premier exhibits of the Chicago ANA.
Don Willis and Scott Travers discuss.
Members Only Show in Vegas Begins September 28 - Join Us!

The popular PCGS Members Only Show, where PCGS Dealers and Collectors Club Members come together to do business in a relaxed, fun setting, is nearly upon us. The show will be held at the Venetian in Las Vegas September 28 - October 1. You don't want to miss it! Click here for details.

17 Years in the Making - The Dr. and Mrs. Peter K. Shireman Collection of Barber Half Dollars
By BJ Searls

In 2005, PCGS had the privilege of displaying the Dr. and Mrs. Peter K. Shireman collection of Barber half dollars side-by-side with the Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Duckor and Dale Friend Barber Half collections. At that time, the Shireman collection was ranked #3 in the PCGS Set RegistrySM.

Now, six years later, the landscape has changed. Dale Friend retired his set early in 2009 with a #2 ranking. And in summer 2010, the multiple award-winning, top-ranked Hall of Fame Duckor Collection was sold. With the purchase of some of the Duckor specimens, Dr. Shireman's set rose to the #2 All-Time Finest ranking.

The camaraderie among these three distinguished collectors is noteworthy. Read More...

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