February 14, 2012 | Vol. 12 Number 4
Collectors Club Price Guide PCGS CoinFacts Services Set RegistrySM
The February 2012 Long Beach Coin Show
By Jaime Hernandez

The Long Beach Coin Show just concluded and the auction prices realized demonstrated a lot of strength for many coins. Heritage Auctions sold over $10 million worth of coins and at least five coins sold for over $100,000 each! Highlights included an 1839-O Bust half in PR which sold for $299,000, and an 1860 $5 Mormon gold that sold for $155,250.

One thing dealers and collectors noticed is a lack of fresh material in the market. It seems a lot of collectors are trying to complete sets and are snatching up any fresh coins as soon as they become available. In one large transaction that took place this month, an entire set of about 100 different high-end coins realized record prices. We can expect to see some set upgrades on the PCGS Set RegistrySM based on this sale.

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World War II Affected Other Markets In Addition to Numismatics
By Jaime Hernandez

Most collectors are aware that in 1943, the U.S. changed the metal composition of the 1943 Lincoln cent as well as the 1942-1945 Jefferson nickel to reduce the amount of copper being used. The government did this to free up most of its copper to make guns and ammunition for the war efforts.

However, coins weren't the only collectible or industry affected by the war. Read More...

PCGS Rewards Five Contest Winners
By BJ Searls

Five winners of the PCGS Photograde Online™ Grading Contest were announced at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo on Saturday, February 4. Congratulations to Jim Stofle of Merced, California, who won the adult competition. He competed against 20 other contestants by grading 12 out of 20 coins correctly. Jim was the only contestant who graded over 50% of the coins correctly. He is the recipient of a Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle graded PCGS Secure Plus™ MS65. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts 1843-C $2.50 Small Date (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:

David Akers (1975/88): From the standpoint of the total number of appearances at auction, the 1843-C Small Date is the sixth rarest quarter eagle. However, I have seen significantly more of this coin than I have of many other dates in this series. Read More...

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2012 Native American Dollar Images Revealed
By Jaime Hernandez

The U.S. Mint has released images of the reverse design of the 2012 Native American dollar. Since 2009, the Mint has changed the design on the reverse of these dollars every year.

The theme of this year's design is called "Trade Routes in the 17th Century." The reverse of the coin depicts a Native American man next to his horse with other horses galloping in the background. Read More...
For the first time, PCGS grading is coming to Asia. Don Willis provides an update.
Submit Coins to PCGS in Hong Kong
By Don Willis

For the first time ever, PCGS will be offering on site grading in Hong Kong!

Coins now are being accepted from PCGS Collectors Club members and PCGS Authorized Dealers at "pre-show" discounted rates for grading in Hong Kong. You must be a PCGS Authorized dealer or PCGS Collectors Club member to take advantage of the pre-show discounted pricing. Collectors Club memberships can be purchased at the time of submission. Read More...

$3 Billion Worth of Platinum
By Jaime Hernandez

A British ship called the Port Nicholson is said to have contained up to two million ounces (71 tons) of Platinum bars and ingots. Three years ago, the Sun Sea Research Salvage Crew announced that it discovered what they believe to be the Port Nicholson vessel. The ship was hit by a German Submarine U87 torpedo near the coast of Massachusetts sometime in 1942. Read More...

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