February 28, 2012 | Vol. 12 Number 5
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An Exciting Time of Year
By Don Willis

This is an exciting time of the year for collectors and PCGS. Mints around the world are beginning to release their 2012 products. We know because our grading rooms are filling up with new products from around the world, including the popular Silver Eagles from the U.S. Mint. If we step back a second and think of the impact that mints have on coin collecting, it is quickly seen that their impact is huge. As they say, "When the mint sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold." I don't know of anyone who even tries to keep up with the U.S. Mint by purchasing an example of every coin they release each year - over 80 coins in 2011. I still haven't forgotten the mania created when they released the Silver Eagle 25th Anniversary sets!

There's another aspect that the Mint brings to collecting - no one is precisely sure what products will be released each year, and certainly not how many of each will be minted. Makes you wonder what's in store for 2012!! Enjoy your collecting.

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Spain Awarded $500 Million in Coins
By Jaime Hernandez

Colonial Spanish silver and gold coins with an estimated worth of $500 million have been awarded to Spain. The Spanish ship Nuestra Senora de la Mercedes was carrying about 600,000 silver and gold coins when it sank October 5, 1804. The ship sank during a battle with the British Navy about 100 miles west of the straits of Gibraltar. Most of the coins from the sunken ship were recovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration in 2007. Read More...

Zen and the Art of Numismatic Photography
By Phil Arnold

Ten years ago, in the depths of a typically bitter Canadian winter, I was a practically broke university student. I had a few coins, and I figured the Internet would probably be the best way to sell them to get some extra cash. Thus began my first foray into coin photography (with a massive and slow IBM flatbed scanner). My equipment and techniques have certainly changed since then, but my philosophy when it comes to photographing coins remains the same. Read More...

Big, Bold, Beautiful British Piedforts
By BJ Searls

Expansion of the PCGS World Coin Registry has been extremely interesting and challenging. When a request for British Piedfort sets came across my desk, my first thought was, "what the heck is a piedfort?" I had seen the name in passing, but really had no idea of the coin's history or even what the coin was. My research began and to my surprise I found the piedfort to be a very interesting area of numismatics geared especially for collectors.

The origin of the word is French, spelled "piefort" and pronounced "pee-ay-for" with the "t" silent. The most commonly accepted spelling is "piedfort." Translated it means "heavy weight" or "heavy measure" and that is exactly what it is. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts 1935 50C Spanish Trail

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 Hall: The 1935 Old Spanish Trail half dollar was designed by a collector named L.W. Hoffecker (1939-1941 President of the American Numismatic Association) to be sold at the relatively high price of $2 per coin. It was somewhat of a contrived issue (as were quite a few other silver commemoratives in the 1935-1939 era) and Hoffecker was involved in the distribution and the profits made from these coins. Read More...

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PCGS Will Recognize Circulation Strike 1841 Philadelphia Quarter Eagles!

Professional Coin Grading Service is announcing a big change involving one of the best known and most desirable United States gold coin rarities, the famous 1841 $2.5 gold piece, nicknamed, "The Little Princess." Traditionally, it has always been thought that only proof Quarter Eagles were struck by the Philadelphia Mint in 1841 and no circulation strikes were minted. However, over the years, several experts had questioned the "proof-only" status of the 1841 Quarter Eagle. Download our Special Report.

Why You Should Join the PCGS
Collectors Club

By Trista King

It's a good idea to join the Collectors Club now to take advantage of several membership benefits. As PCGS realizes collector needs vary per individual, we offer four different memberships: Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond.

Each membership is valid for one year and offers you direct submission privileges, a one-year subscription to the online PCGS Population Report and 10% off PCGS supplies. Read More...
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