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October 8,2013 | Vol 13 Issue 21     

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From Don's Desk

Is there such a thing as a “collecting gene?” As far as I know scientists have never discovered such a thing but from an observer’s perspective there is evidence that it does exist! This collecting gene is not limited to coins, cards, comic books or stamps. It has no apparent boundaries and surfaces in some of the strangest areas. Many collectors even collect in multiple categories. For example, I collect coins and rock posters and had fun collecting dated railroad spikes. I met with someone this week who collects Nike sneakers and know of others who collect everything from old cigarette containers, to beer cans, to old car manuals, to old radios. Of course there is the Barbie dolls and figurines of all types, games, silverware, furniture – you name it! Almost everything can become a collectible. Perhaps this gene is latent in all of us, and if we stop to reflect, we might discover that we collect more things than we realize.

    Don Willis
    President, PCGS

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It's a Bird, It's a Plane…No It's a 1952 Superbird Quarter!
by Jaime Hernandez

Varieties appear on numerous coin types but perhaps none have the Americana-inspired intrigue of the 1952 Superbird Quarter. Legend has it that, due to the popularity of the hit Superman TV show, a Mint employee clandestinely added Superman's trademark “S” to the chest of the 1952 Proof Quarter's eagle. The result is a little-known ‘super’ variety.

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PCGS CoinFacts: Morgan Dollar

The Coinage Act of 1873 demonetized silver, leading to the demise of the silver dollar. Although Trade dollars were produced from 1873-1878, they were meant for circulation overseas and were not legal tender in America.

In response to the sour economic condition that persisted through much of the 1870s, and as a sop to Western suppliers of silver, Congress passed the Bland-Allison Act in 1878. The Act required the U.S. government to purchase large quantities of silver and turn it into silver dollars. Thus, the dollar denomination was restored once again in the form of the Morgan dollar.

Named after its designer, George T. Morgan, the Morgan dollar is one of the most popular of all American coins. Its large size, abundant supply, and pleasing appearance make it both affordable and desirable.

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PCGS Photographer Accepts the Challenge of Numismatic Photography
by Phil Arnold

Numismatic photography is a hot topic with the rise of the PCGS Collectors Education Program. Will photography be added as a new course? PCGS Lead Photographer Phil Arnold answers this question and quizzes the newest PCGS in-house photographer about what it is like to transition to the niche field of numismatic photography.

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The Coronet Collection: Well Worth the Wait
by B.J. Searls

How long does it take to put together an all-time finest set? Collectors know this to be a daunting task. 10 years? 25 years? More? PCGS Set Registry Manager BJ Searls reveals the details behind the assembly of the Coronet Collection, which ranks as the number one Morgan Dollar basic set and will be on display at FUN.

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PCGS Collectors Education Expands into Digital Arena
by Steve Sloan

Given the success of the Collectors Education Program, held in person at each Long Beach Expo, PCGS has added new online courses to give collectors a preview of the Coin Grading course content. PCGS Director of Marketing Steve Sloan explains the free program and shares the upcoming schedule.

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