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November 19, 2013 | Vol 13 Issue 24     

Collectors Club Submit Coins Price Guide Set Registry® PCGS CoinFacts
From Don's Desk

PCGS was the first grading company to offer a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and grade of every encapsulated coin. Back when this happened in 1986 it was a revolutionary idea! Other companies have tried to copy PCGS but, in my opinion, no one comes close. As long as a coin remains in a PCGS holder you can rely on the guarantee with confidence. The PCGS Guarantee dramatically changed the market in 1986 and since that time many new collectors and investors have felt comfortable enough to start buying PCGS certified coins. PCGS offers specific services for you to resubmit your coins if you believe there is a problem or if you believe your coin is under graded. Under no circumstances do you need remove the coin from the PCGS holder. See this week’s ‘Ask Don’ video below as I discuss this topic in more detail.

Happy Collecting,

    Don Willis
    President, PCGS

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Show Calendar

PCGS travels to numismatic conventions offering our grading and authentication services to dealers and collectors around the world.

Visit PCGS at any of the following shows and submit your coins directly.

Money Show of the Southwest
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December 5 - 7

PCGS Members Only Show
Las Vegas, NV
December 18 - 21

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Orlando, FL
January 9 - 11

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Big, Bold & Beautiful – Medals of the U.S. Assay Commission
by BJ Searls

Founded in 1792 by the United States government, the U.S. Assay Commission was established to supervise the annual testing of gold and silver coinage produced by the U.S. Mint. Beginning in 1860, to thank the members for their service, each commissioner received a medal struck by the U.S. Mint commemorating famous persons, topics and places. Today, these medals of the U.S. Assay Commission are rare and present an extreme challenge to collectors.

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Jesse Owens’ 1936 Olympic Gold Medal Goes to Auction

SCP Auctions recently announced that their upcoming Fall Premier Auction will be highlighted by Olympic athlete Jesse Owens’ 1936 Gold Medal. Owens’ historic performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games not only discredited the racist claims of Adolf Hitler, but also affirmed that individual excellence, not race or national origin, distinguishes one man from another.

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A Look at PCGS Designations
by Mike Sherman

For some coins, a numerical grade alone does not suffice. Collector preferences - and consequently market value - demand the use of Designations. Designations are a rating added after the numerical grade to describe a particular attribute of a series which has importance and value to collectors. PCGS Director of Collector Education Mike Sherman explains how PCGS assigns Designations and what to look for when evaluating coins for grading.

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Tip #5 For Using PCGS CoinFacts: Follow the Breadcrumbs!
by Ron Guth

PCGS CoinFacts contains a vast amount of information about United States coins. Learning to navigate your way through this immense amount of data is critical to take full advantage of the site. PCGS has made it easy to jump from page to page within CoinFacts by including what are known as “breadcrumbs” to guide you on your way.

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Nine Ways to Get Great Deals When Buying Coins
by Jaime Hernandez

Last edition PCGS Pricing Expert Jaime Hernandez detailed nine ways to get more money when selling your coins. Jaime follows up with the next installment, offering insight into the top ways you can ensure you get a great deal when purchasing coins. From the negotiation to the transaction itself, prepare yourself before your next buy.

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