June 5, 2012 | Vol. 12 Number 12
Collectors Club Price Guide PCGS CoinFacts Services Set RegistrySM
Gold and Silver Gaining Momentum
By Jaime Hernandez

The Long Beach Coin Show just concluded and the show proved to be very successful in several different ways. There were a lot more dealers and inventory at the show. This included stamps and baseball cards, as several stamp and card dealers also set tables up at the recent show. As I'm writing this, Gold finally seems to be picking up as it's jumped back up over the $1600 price range, and this created a lot of buying and selling activity at the show. Silver also seems to be doing much better than it was in the past few weeks, and it's now in the $29 range. At the show, there were also a lot of great coins being offered by several of the auction companies and overall, collectors and dealers had a lot of material to choose from.

In other news, the Mint will begin sales of the special 2012 Silver Eagle Two-Coin Set on June 07, 2012. The set will contain a regular 2012-P Proof Silver Eagle and the special 2012-S Reverse Proof Silver Eagle. The Two-Coin Set will have an issue price of $149.95 each. To order the coins you can visit the United States Mint web site at www.usmint.gov.

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The Pleasure of Coin Collecting
By PCGS Staff

Rare coins offer history you can hold in your hand; tangible reminders of yesteryear. Was that golden doubloon once part of pirate treasure? Did George Washington ever gaze upon this 1794 silver dollar? Did a soldier in the Civil War carry this particular 1861 dime? Every period of man's history during the last 2,500 years is reflected in coinage. The achievements of ancient Greece, the court of Queen Victoria, the Gold Rush in California - all are reflected by coins from those times.

Today, coin collecting - numismatics, as it is called - is one of the world's most popular and rewarding pursuits. The formation over a period of time of a fine collection can be your passport to untold hours of enjoyment. At the same time, a quality collection formed with care and held for a period of years can be a worthwhile investment and store of value. Read More...

World Coin Update
Mike Sherman

For the past several months, we have been have been hard at work setting up a structure for accessing our vast world coin database. We're working from the "top down" from the standpoint of population, finishing the countries more or less in order of the number of coins we have certified from each.

As of this point, we are on the verge of finishing off Mexico, which will complete the top ten:

Great Britain Mexico
Australia France
South Africa Poland

Grading Mint State Indian Cents

Reprinted with permission from PCGS's Official Guide to Coin Grading and Counterfeit Detection.

Indian Head Cent (Copper-Nickel)

MARKS: As with the Flying Eagle cents, these coins were struck in copper-nickel alloy. Resultant marks and other surface impairments are noticeable to about the same degree for the obverse. The reverse of the first type, with no shield and a thin laurel wreath reverse, shows marks and other detractions more easily than the second type, with a shield and the more complex oak wreath. Read More...
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PCGS 2006-P Reverse Proof Silver Eagle

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 2006 Reverse Proof Silver eagle has the second lowest mintage in the Proof Silver eagle series.

The reverse proof finish is the first of this type of format on a U.S. coin. However, prior to 2006, many different world coins have been struck with the Reverse Proof format. Read More...

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PCGS Set Registry will Honor Collectors who Have Achieved Numismatic Excellence

Dear Set Registry Members,

This year will mark the 10th year that the PCGS Set Registry will honor collectors who have achieved numismatic excellence. Established in 2001, the PCGS Set Registry is home to some of the finest coin collections in the world. Read More...
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