July 17, 2012 | Vol. 12 Number 15
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75th Anniversary Silver Eagle Sets
By Don Willis

In the midst of the lazy days of summer one area of excitement stands out. The 75th Anniversary Silver Eagles from the San Francisco mint have been issued! We now know that 251,000 sets of two coins each were sold before the mint's cutoff date. Shipments will start later this month. These 502,000 special coins will make an interesting comparison to the 500,000 silver eagles produced as part of last year's 25th anniversary program. Will we see the aftermarket frenzy that we saw last year? We will soon know. In my opinion the anniversary programs that the mint has created make it all the more fun for collectors. In future years I wonder how the mintage figures of these coins will be viewed. Only time will tell.

Another big upcoming event is the summer ANA show in Philadelphia. We always look forward to this ANA show. PCGS will be there in full force accepting submissions for onsite or take home grading and offering expert opinions. We will also have an interesting Walking Liberty Half display, a coin grading contest, and our traditional PCGS Registry luncheon. Look forward to seeing you there!

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Collecting Walking Liberty Half Dollars
By Don Willis

Walkers have always been one of the most popular United States issues to collect. For starters the design, by Adolph A. Weinman, is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful of any US coin. The entire series runs from 1916 through 1947 with 65 dates and mint marks. The series can be collected in many different ways and is often divided into three sub-series: the short set 1941-1947 (20 coins); the middle set 1934-1940 (19 coins) and the early set 1916-1933 (26 coins). There have been several good reference books written on the series. My favorite was written a couple decades ago by Bruce Fox, who helped me assemble a complete gem set in the early 90s. Read More...

Standing Liberty Quarters
By Q. David Bowers

In 1916 Hermon A. MacNeil, a well-known sculptor, produced a new design for the quarter dollar, replacing the familiar Barber motif which had been employed since 1892. The obverse depicts Miss Liberty standing in a gateway, her right breast exposed, wearing a gown, holding a branch in her right hand and a shield in her left. LIBERTY is in an arc above, while IN GOD WE TRUST is lettered on the wall or parapet to each side of where she stands. The date is on a pedestal beneath her feet. Read More...

GOLD (In Its Natural State)
By John Dannreuther

Some may say "what does gold in its natural state have to do with coins," but the first real money was gold a la natural, introduced in approximately 600 B.C. by the Byzantines (yes, salt and other bartered goods came first, but gold was the first real money). It was electrum, or gold in its natural state, which usually consists of gold and silver with trace amounts of other metals such as copper, iron, etc. At first, lumps of this precious substance were used with no attention paid to the fineness, but soon the first counterfeiter was born and adulterated the mass with impurities. Stamping the lumps with markings to indicate weight and value followed - a few hundred years later, hammered coins with portraits, animal depictions, and other motifs were the norm. Read More...

PCGS to grade at HICC

PCGS will be attending and grading at the Hong Kong Coin Convention and Antique Watch fair in Hong Kong next month. In addition to our everyday hours at our Hong Kong office PCGS will be setup at the HICC pre-show and show. For further details visit the PCGS Hong Kong landing page. Read More...
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So You Think You Can Grade? PCGS Coin Grading Contest to be Held During Show Hours at the Philadelphia ANA

The popular PCGS Photograde Online™ grading contest will be held at the upcoming ANA in Philadelphia, August 7-11, 2012, at the PCGS booth (#1605). Adult participants will have to grade 20 U.S. coins in 20 minutes. All coins have been previously certified by PCGS; however, the holder insert will not show the grade. Read More...

The 1797 Silver Dollar with 10X6 Stars

PCGSCoinFacts.com offers information to all collectors of United States coins, including thousands of full color coin images, rarity, historical information and expert narratives. Read one of our experts most recent narratives:

Ron Guth: The obverse of all 1797 Silver Dollars contains 16 stars, representing the thirteen original colonies (now states), plus the new states that were added after the country was formed. The stars appear in either of two formats: 10 on the left side and 6 on the right, or 9 on the left and 7 on the right. Only one die variety (B-3, BB-71) comprises the entirety of the 10x6 format, and the 10x6 version is approximately twice as rare as the 9x7.
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