June 4, 2013 | Vol. 13 Number 12
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The 1803 $10 Extra Star Reverse is an unusual variety with an unlikely "surprise" in the final cloud on the right of the reverse. There, a mint engraver impressed a clear, tiny star just right of center. The star is visible and obvious on well-struck, unworn examples, but becomes indistinct on worn coins and may not be visible at all on a poorly struck example.

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Legend Numismatics
Why do you collect coins?
By Don Willis

Why do you collect coins? Is it because of beauty, design, rarity, or do you simply need it to fill a hole in your set? Do you ever buy coins that you know very little about? Are you a compulsive buyer or do you have the discipline to thoroughly evaluate each coin and only buy if it fits into your predetermined collecting plans?

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Don’t Let Error Coins Intimidate You
By Jaime Hernandez

article 02 imageEvery year the U.S. Mint strikes billions of coins for circulation. And once in a big while, the Mint inadvertently lets a few Mint Error coins escape. Error coins are one of the most exciting parts of the market as they attract many new collectors every year. Many new collectors discover coin collecting thinking they hit the jackpot by finding a rare mint error coin in circulation.

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Colonial Treasures

By Ron Guth

Way back in the day, long before America became the United States, colonists in the Massachusetts Bay Colony (later Massachusetts) arranged to strike their own silver coins. The first were the “New England” shillings, sixpence, and threepence, all of which were undated but struck in 1652. These were simple disks of silver with the monogram “NE” punched on one side and the denomination (in Roman numerals) punched on the other.

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David Hall Rare Coin Market Report
Weekly Coin Market Commentary
by David Hall

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PCGS Members attend the Long Beach Expo for FREE - June 6-8

PCGS Collectors Club Members (and one guest) can attend the Long Beach Expo for FREE. Pre-register on the Long Beach website.

The Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo is held three times each year. The next Expo starts June 6, 2013.

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Commemorating American Culture

By Phil Arnold

With few exceptions, commemorative coins of the United States of America deals with notable historical events, government institutions, parks and monuments, the military and sports. This is, of course, perfectly fine. It covers a large spectrum of what makes the USA the USA. However, I can't help but feel that American culture is not adequately being celebrated as it should be on U.S. coinage.

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