January 17, 2012 | Vol. 12 Number 2
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Two Million-Dollar Coins Kick off the Year
By Jaime Hernandez

2012 is here and great things abound for the coin market. At the FUN show earlier this month, some great coins traded hands for record prices including two examples that sold for over a million dollars! One of them, a 1793 Chain cent graded PCGS MS65, sold for $1,380,000. The second notable example, an 1829 $5 Large Date Proof Half Eagle graded PCGS PR64, also realized $1,380,000. Both coins were hightlights at the Heritage Auction.

Some exciting news for modern coin collectors is the introduction of a new Palladium Bullion coin that will be issued sometime this year. Details haven't been provided about when the coins will be available; however, they have been in Public Law for almost two years, so the U.S. Mint is scheduled to offer them sometime in 2012.

We can now look back on 2011 and remember the great things that happened in the coin market. Hopefully you had positive experiences both personally and in your own numismatic ventures and we wish you an even better year in 2012.

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U.S. Doubles in Size with the Louisiana Purchase
By Jaime Hernandez

The U.S. Mint struck the 1903 Louisiana Purchase Exposition Commemorative coins to celebrate the 100-year Anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase.

On April 30, 1803, the U.S. signed the Louisiana Purchase Treaty. This treaty doubled the size of the United States. Following this treaty, several missions were undertaken to explore our new territory, initiating the struggle to officially take over the land. Read More...

PCGS Expands Rare Coin Certification Services to Asia
By Donn Pearlman

In a major expansion of its international services and activities, PCGS has established a Hong Kong-based authentication and grading operation. The new Asia venture will be known as Collectors Universe (Hong Kong) Ltd.

In May 2010, PCGS successfully opened an office in Paris, France as part of the company's expanding international services, and since then PCGS-certified coins have repeatedly brought higher-than-estimated prices at public auctions in Europe. Read More...

PCGS Free Sample Slabs
By Alan Canavan

With this being my first article in the New Year, I thought it would be a good time to go back to the beginning. Back to when the PCGS sample slab first started. The one thing to remember about sample slabs is that PCGS does not sell them. All sample slabs produced by PCGS are given away free at major coin shows.

If PCGS is attending the show, they usually have some sample slabs to hand out to collectors. Next time you're at a show, stop by and ask for a free sample. Read More...

PCGS Grading Contest Highlights Upcoming Long Beach Expo Feb. 2-4

By popular demand, PCGS will bring the Photograde™ Grading Contest to the Long Beach Expo. The contest was a big hit at the FUN show earlier this month, and now West Coast collectors will have an opportunity give it a try. The competion will be open all three days of the Long Beach Expo - February 2-4. For complete details, read BJ Searls' article on the PCGS Photograde Online FUN Show Grading Contest.
Don Willis announces great news for Asian dealers and collectors at the FUN Show.
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Eberhart Wins PCGS Photograde Online FUN Show Grading Contest!
By BJ Searls

Congratulations to Craig Eberhart from Los Alamos, NM, who has won a MS65 PCGS Secure Plus™ $20 Saint Gaudens. Craig had the highest score out of the 35 people who participated in the PCGS Photograde™ Online grading contest in Orlando. There was a three-way tie for first place with 8 out of 20 coins correctly graded. Craig won because he received two bonus points for being a half point away from the correct grade on two coins. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts 1877 1C, BN (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:

Jaime Hernandez: The 1877 Indian cent is undoubtedly the most desirable coin in the entire circulation strike Indian cent series. It is the second-lowest minted coin in the series, and only the 1909-S Indian cent has a lower mintage.

Despite the 1877 Indian cent having the second-lowest mintage in the series, fewer of these survive than the 1909-S Indian cent. This is mainly due to the lack of coins being collected in 1877 compared to 1909. Read More...

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