May 22, 2012 | Vol. 12 Number 11
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Know Your Coins!
By Don Willis

Sometimes I take for granted the fact that everyone understands the need to only buy coins authenticated by PCGS. But every day I am reminded that this is not true. Over the past 30 days, 488 coins submitted to PCGS were of "Questionable Authenticity" with another 7,000 coins determined to have a problem so severe that they could not be graded. When I see those statistics I think of all the times I was burned when I first started collecting (pre-PCGS days). Every one of those times was a lesson for me. I hope all the counterfeit and problem coins we see every day are lessons (hopefully not too expensive) for the people who submit them. In the coin business, we call that "paying your tuition." Save yourself some tuition fees simply by buying only PCGS-certified coins. When you buy a PCGS coin you know what you are getting!

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1964-D Peace Dollars - Do They Really Exist?
By Jaime Hernandez

In the 1960s it was still possible to receive Silver dollars at face value from the bank. During this time, the price of silver began to increase and as the public became aware, they requested coins at face value. The demand was so high, banks didn't have enough coins to meet the public's requests. In August 1964, Congress approved production of 45 million Silver dollars to prevent coin shortages throughout the country. President Lyndon Johnson approved the order despite heavy opposition, but after several months, no 1964-D Peace dollars were struck.

Finally on May 12, 1965, the Mint struck its first 1964-D Peace dollars; however, these were only struck as a trial pieces. Johnson immediately issued a Presidential Order instructing the Denver Mint to produce circulation strike 1964-D Peace dollars. Read More...

The Isle of Man's Treasure Trove
By BJ Searls

Located in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland, the Isle of Man is a self-governing British Dependency. It is only 32 miles long and 14 miles wide with a population of about 80,000. Sometimes called "Mann," the island may have been inhabited as early as 6500 BC. The Iron Age saw Celtic influences and gave rise to the Manx language, one of two official languages of the island. The other is English.

In the 8th century, the Vikings established the legislature of Tynwald which governs the island to this day. From the 1200s to the 1700s, Scotland and England alternated rule over the island, but the Isle of Man never became a part of either country. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts 1861-D $5 (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:

Doug Winter: The 1861-D is the rarest and most interesting half eagle struck at the Dahlonega Mint.

It is known that on December 19, 1860, two obverses dated 1861 were shipped to Dahlonega from Philadelphia. Read More...

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The Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo - May 31-June 2, 2012
By Taryn Warrecker

The Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo is just around the corner! With an array of coins, stamps, currency, sports cards and memorabilia, surely there is something to satisfy every type of collector.

The Long Beach Expo will be featuring several prime attractions including a multi-million dollar rarity display, auctions hosted by Heritage Auctions, educational exhibits and a FREE Young Numismatist Treasure Hunt. PCGS will also be hosting a grading competition for both adults and young numismatists. The winner in each category will receive a special PCGS Secure Plus graded coin. Stop by booth #807 and put your grading skills to the test. Read More...
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The First Digital Coin Show!
By Cassi East

June Long Beach

Long Beach has always been a great place to sell coins and now it's about to become even better. We have harnessed the listing power of CCE's Collectors Corner with the power of today's mobile technology to make it really easy for buyers to find you and your coins.

Imagine...Walking into a coin show and punching 1907 $20 High Relief into your smart phone or iPad, and seeing a list of table numbers and names of the locations of all $20 High Reliefs featured at the coin show. Read More...

Wanted - The World's Best Coins
By Trista King

A new promotion started this week for all PCGS Collectors Club members and PCGS Authorized Dealers. For a limited time, PCGS is offering a World Coin Crossover special. Submit your World coins in other holders for authentication and grading by PCGS and pay for only the coins that cross. For further submission guidelines, please visit our website at

To join the PCGS Collectors Club, visit

If you have any questions regarding the World Coin Crossover promotion, contact PCGS Customer Service at [email protected].

BIG News and FREE Admission at the Long Beach Expo - May 31 - June 2

The new-look Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo is packed with great attractions and activities for collectors of all levels and the whole family, not to mention all the things to do in Long Beach, California. Read More...
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