September 27, 2011 | Vol. 11 Number 20
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The Coin Market is Getting a lot of Attention
By Jaime Hernandez

The Coin Market seems to be getting more attention as each month passes. In the bullion market, the company JP Morgan, who has been a major player in the Silver Market, is being accused of manipulating silver prices. The company claims it hasn't done anything wrong; however, this situation is attracting a lot of attention from people around the country who usually don't pay much attention to gold and silver. It reminds me of the Hunt Brothers who were also accused of trying to corner the silver market in the 1970s. This will definitely be exciting to watch as the whole situation transpires.

In the error coin market, a former U.S. Mint Police Officer recently admitted to stealing many Presidential Dollar error coins. This development has brought a lot of attention to the U.S. Mint as well as the error coin market. The Mint will have to tighten its production procedures to prevent error coins from slipping through. If other error coins were being taken by Mint employees, they will think twice before doing so now. This also means it will be more difficult for error coins to be minted.

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Collectors Universe Acquires
By Don Willis

Did you know that a penny minted before 1982 is worth 2.3 cents? Or that every nickel made since 1946 is worth at least 5.3 cents, or that half dollars made since 1971 are worth only 10 cents? This information and much more is available on is the go-to reference for intrinsic values and much more information on dozens of coin types and hundreds of coins.

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PCGS CoinFacts 1C, CA (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: 1950 to 1958 proof coins with cameo or deep cameo surfaces are difficult to acquire. Most examples displaying these surfaces have probably already been pulled from proof sets and submitted for grading, since most coins with these designations command significant premiums. Read More...

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The 1997 Jackie Robinson Commemorative
$5 Gold Coin

By Jaime Hernandez

Mintage figures often play a significant role in numismatics and often have a major influence on a coin's value. A general rule is that as the mintage goes lower, the value goes higher. A great illustration of this rule is the Uncirculated 1997 Jackie Robinson $5 gold commemorative.

Boasting a total mintage of a mere 5,174 pieces, this is the lowest-mintage U.S commemorative produced since 1982. Because of its low mintage, the Jackie Robinson commemorative is also the most valuable of any modern commemorative coin. Read More...
The ANA Museum Showcase moves from Chicago to Pittsburgh.
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PCGS Expands World Coin Information
By Don Willis

PCGS continues to expand its presence throughout the world. As in the United States, PCGS is taking on the challenge of organizing categories, sub-categories and coins, country by country, into a useable structure.

Recently, after much original research, detailed information on coins from France, Germany and China have been added to the PCGS website. All three countries have been carefully studied and their coins have been organized in a hierarchy that is intuitive and easy to navigate. Read More...

Visit PCGS at These Upcoming Numismatic Conventions:

ANA National Money Show - (On-site grading)
October 13-15, 2011 Pittsburgh, PA
Silver Dollar and Rare Coin Expo -
(Take-home submissions only)
October 20-22, 2011 St. Charles, MO
Baltimore Expo - (On-site grading)
November 17-19, 2011 Baltimore, MD
For a complete list of all shows PCGS is attending in 2011, click here.
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