September 25, 2012 | Vol. 12 Number 21
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Tomorrow's Rarities
By Jaime Hernandez

Currently there are over 200 U.S. coins that are worth over a million dollars each. In the next 10 years, I wouldn't be surprised if there were more than 1,000 coins that would sell for over a million dollars, based on past performance of great rarities. But, it's not just great rarities that have performed well. Many other coins too have doubled, tripled in price or even more in the past couple of years.

If one were to really do their research, there are many coins today that qualify as being true rarities that can still be bought without having to spend millions or even tens of thousands of dollars.

However, the most difficult part is determining which coins the market will embrace as being tomorrow's great rarities. But for the most part, it's coins that have a great story behind them and that are truly scarce. It's dedicated and passionate collectors like you who usually find these gems.

You too can be able to determine which coins have great stories, by studying and learning about coins, especially for a specific series. Researching coins and their history is very fun and at the same time, can be very rewarding!
The 1871 Indian Cent on CoinFacts

The 1871 Indian Cent is one of the lowest mintage issues of the series. In fact, from 1859 - 1876 it is the lowest mintage coin in the Indian Cent series. What's even worse is that during the early 1870's the Mint was melting a lot of previously issued cents, including many 1871 cents. Making the coin become scarcer.

A semi key date to the series with possibly about 5,000 examples in existence in all grades combined. In Uncirculated grades they become even scarcer with only a couple of hundred examples known to exist.

Check out this coin and 30,000 other U.S. coins on PCGS CoinFacts.

Simpson Adds Finest Known 1943-S Bronze Cent, PCGS MS62BN, To Finest Off-Metal Collection
By Jaime Hernandez

The PCGS Set RegistrySM number one all-time finest collection of Lincoln Cents Off-Metal Strikes, Circulation Strikes 1943 - 1944, just got even better with a million dollar upgrade.

Well-known collector Bob R. Simpson, co-chairman of the Texas Rangers baseball club, has paid $1 million for the finest known 1943-S bronze cent in a transaction arranged by Legend Numismatics of Lincroft, New Jersey. It was successfully acquired by Legend after "determined negotiations" with an East Coast dealer representing the seller who is described only as "a long-time collector," according to Legend President Laura Sperber.

The coin was certified PCGS Secure Plus™ MS62BN by Professional Coin Grading Service during the recent September 2012 Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Sports Collectibles Expo and briefly exhibited in the Collectibles Display area there. Sperber then personally delivered the coin to Simpson at his Fort Worth, Texas office. Read More...

Coin Market Headlines
By Jaime Hernandez

Coin Spotted in Planet Mars

On August 06, 2012 a 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent landed on Mars. The coin is traveling as part of a calibration target that is attached to the Mars rover called Curiosity. Taking the 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent into space is a tradition used by astronauts where they place it next to objects from outer space for size comparison purposes when they show the images to the public.

The 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln cent belongs to Ken Edgett who is Mahls principal investigator. The mission was originally supposed to take place sometime in 2009. This is one of the main reasons why Edgett purchased the 1909 V.D.B. cent for the mission. It was a special way to celebrate the centennial of the coin.

$200 in Bank Account but $7 Million in Coins

A Nevada 69 year old man by the name of Walter Samasko Jr. had $200 in his bank account but had secretly accumulated over $7 million worth of gold coins and bars in his garage. The Nevada authorities arrived at Samasko's home after receiving reports of a foul odor. It turned out that Samasko had been dead for over a month. Officials believe he died from a heart attack.

The gold coins and bars had hall marks from different World Mints. Some of the coins were from England, Mexico, Austria and South Africa, some even dated as back as 1872. The boxes of gold coins and bars were found in the garage and throughout the house. The coins and bars weren't discovered until the house was being cleaned and getting prepped for its sale.
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The 2008-S Sac Surpasses the 2001-S as the Series' Key Date
By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker

Hubert and I have been doing some thinking lately about Sacagawea dollar proofs, partly because we like the coin and partly because we find it curious that the decline in prices for the 2001-S Sacagawea proof has caught most print and internet price guides flat-footed. Read More...

PCGS Submission Tips
By Trista King

A recent addition to the PCGS website is the step-by-step U.S. Submission Guidelines. This is another tool available at aimed at enhancing the overall submission experience. I encourage all clients to read whether you are getting ready to send your first submission or are a submission pro. Reading through the guidelines is time well spent. For new members, it will help shed light on the overall process. For existing members, it will refresh and update you on changes since placing your first order.

PCGS Customer Service is available to assist you with your submissions at (800) 447-8848 or via email at [email protected]. A Customer Service Representative will be available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PST).

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U.S. Mint Sales Figures (as of 9/17/2012)
Courtesy of U.S. Mint

100-coin bag (P) 2,581
100-coin bag (D) 2,536
Two-Roll Set (80 coin)(P&D) (P&D) 17,433

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