March 13, 2012 | Vol. 12 Number 6
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Gas Prices Affect the Coin Market
By Jaime Hernandez

In the last issue, we asked our readers whether increasing gas prices have affected their coin purchases. An astonishing 56% of our readers answered yes! Here in Orange County, gas prices are at about $4.35 per gallon and in some places it's even higher. Hopefully gas prices come down so our readers can spend their money on coins rather than gasoline.

In this week's issue, we have an article discussing Rai Stone coins which were used over a century ago as currency, and are still being used in the Island of Yap. Also, the Mint just announced the release dates for this year's Proof Silver and Gold Eagles, as well as the Proof Gold Buffaloes.

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Stone Money from Yap
By Jaime Hernandez

Giant doughnut-shaped stone coins standing as high as 12 feet tall and weighing as much as five tons each are still being used as currency in some parts of the world. One of these places is the island of Yap. And one thing is for certain; Yapese people are not shy about showing off the amount of money they have.

Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, there is a group of Islands that belong to Micronesia, where the island of Yap is located. Covering an area of about 100 square kilometers, these islands are home to about 12,000 people. There are four main languages spoken here (including English). The people who inhabit these islands are separated into seven different tribes (or classes) and the color of their coverings usually indicates which tribe they belong to. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts 1870-S $1 (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 Hall: The 1870-S Liberty Seated dollar is one of the most famous U.S. rarities. There are only 12 known survivors in all grades. The finest known, and the only Mint State survivor, is the PCGS-graded MS62 Col. Green-James A. Stack-Legend collection specimen.

P. Scott Rubin: The 1870-S Silver dollar is one of the rarest of all silver dollars, with less than a dozen examples known (or believed to exist). Read More...

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2012 Proof Silver, Gold Eagles and Proof Buffalo Release Dates
By Jaime Hernandez

The U.S. Mint has announced that the 2012 Proof Silver Eagles will be available April 12, 2012. As of this writing, the Mint has still not provided pricing information; however, this year they will be offering the coins much earlier than anticipated (and much earlier than they did last year). In 2011, the Mint released Proof Silver Eagles on June 30. That means the 2012 Proof Silver Eagles will be released about 10 weeks ahead of schedule, compared to last year.

The Mint also announced a release date for the 2012 Proof Gold Buffaloes. They will be released on March 15, 2012. Read More...
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Canadian Mint Introduces Titanic Commemorative Coins
By Jaime Hernandez

On March 5, 2012 the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a 99.99% pure silver $10 coin commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. In 2012, the Canadian Mint will introduce three different coins to commemorate the sinking.

One of the coins is a $10 hand-polished, pure silver coin with an issue price of $64.95. The second is a colored 50 cent hand-polished silver plated coin with an issue price of $34.95. The third coin, a 25 cent cupro-nickel coin struck in a Specimen finish, has a price of $25.95 each. Read More...

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April 19-22, 2012 Schaumburg, IL
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