April 24, 2012 | Vol. 12 Number 9
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1792 Cent Sells for $1.15 Million at Central States
By Jaime Hernandez

The coin market is as exciting as it has ever been. At last week's Central States Show, a 1792 1C Judd-1 graded PCGS MS61 sold for $1,150,000! This coin had 22 different bidders and about 5,000 page views!

On a different subject, the 2012-W Proof Silver Eagles started strong this month with sales reaching almost 300,000 in just five days. Also, eBay changed their policies for graded coins. eBay will only allow PCGS and NGC-graded coins to be listed if there is a numerical grade included in the coin title or description. Finally, in this week's feature article, we explore the unsolved mystery of the 1959-D Mule Cent.

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The Mystery of the 1959-D Mule Lincoln Cent
By Jaime Hernandez

In 1959, the U.S. Mint changed the reverse design of the Lincoln cent from a wheat reverse to a new memorial reverse. As a result, all Lincoln cents dated 1959-2008 should have a memorial reverse design.

In 1986, a retired police officer named Leon Baller announced that he bought a 1959-D Lincoln cent with a wheat reverse design. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts 1956 25C Type B Reverse FS-901 (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:

Mitch Spivack: Collecting the Type B reverses of the 1956-1964 Silver Washington quarters (in the highest grade possible) is a very fun and exciting pursuit! Locating one of these Type B Reverses in a PCGS MS66 grade would be a fabulous "cherry pick!” If you locate a Type B reverse of this date graded PCGS MS67, you might just be able to plan a first class trip to Las Vegas with all of the profits! The best Type B grade of this date I have been able to find for my own personal collection is a PCGS MS66+. And it took me 25 years to do it!

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PCGS Collectors Club Quarterly
Grading Special

By Trista King

Each quarter, PCGS offers a new Quarterly Grading Special to Collectors Club members. With PCGS' recent expansion into Hong Kong, this quarter's special celebrates the Year of the Dragon.

From April 1 through June 30, 2012, Collectors Club members may submit four (4) coins and pay for only three (3) at the service level of their choice. Read More...

PCGS Certifies the 1903 Fengtien Tael –
One of China's Most Important Coins

By Donn Pearlman

The unique 1903 Fengtien Province Tael, one of the most important silver coins in Chinese numismatic history, was certified by PCGS during the recent April Hong Kong International Coin Convention & Antique Watch Fair.

The 1903 "Dragon Dollar," graded PCGS Secure Plus™ AU55, was submitted by PCGS Authorized Dealer Chun-Yo-(Stanley) Chou of Fuchin coin company of Taiwan on behalf of an anonymous collector. It is insured for $5 million. Read More...
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World Coins and the U.S. Mint
By BJ Searls

Many are not aware that for over 100 years, the U.S. Mint manufactured coins for other countries. The U.S. Mint could be called the "World Mint” during those years. Through December 31, 1973, the Philadelphia, San Francisco, New Orleans and Denver Mints produced 9,416,334,160 coins for 42 foreign countries. These numbers are higher now as it appears that production was ongoing until 1984.*

After the 1980s, only one issue was made the 1000 Silver Kronur Leif Ericson commemorative for Iceland dated 2000. This coin was struck at the Philadelphia Mint as a two-coin set. The second coin was a commemorative U.S. Silver dollar. Read More...

eBay Changes Policy on Coin Listings
By Jaime Hernandez

Earlier this month, eBay announced that coin listings with numerical grades (in the headline) can only be listed if the coins have been certified by PCGS or NGC. eBay had previously eliminated several grading companies from the listings and had only allowed PCGS, NGC, ANACS and ICG-graded coins to be listed.

However, eBay's requirements have changed and now indicate that any grading company that believes it meets their standards should contact eBay. So far PCGS and NGC are the only two grading services that meet eBay's new listing criteria. Read More...
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