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April 8, 2014 | Vol 14 Issue 7     

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From Don's Desk

In this week’s video, I continue our review of one of the best kept secrets on www.pcgs.com – the Resources page. Last week we reviewed the articles and e-books, and this week I walk you through the visual side of our Resources page – PCGS Photograde and PCGS CoinFacts. Each of these sections contain thousands of beautiful coin images that you can literally spend hours reviewing. These images are great visual tools for understanding the PCGS grading scale as you build your collection. But don’t take my word for it – check it out for yourself!

Don Willis
President, PCGS

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Show Calendar

Central States Numismatic Society
Schaumburg, IL
April 24-26, 2014

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May 21-24, 2014

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A Long Term Look at the Gold Price
by Mike Sherman

If you had to guess, how much do you think the price of one ounce of gold has fluctuated over the past 800 years? Are we currently experiencing an all-time high? Or has the price remained relatively constant since the first post-conquest English gold coin was struck in 1257 by King Henry III? The answer revealed by PCGS Director of Education Mike Sherman might surprise you.

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When is a Mintmark not a Mintmark?
by Ron Guth

Most U.S. coins bear a mintmark to indicate where they were made. A tiny letter (or letters) is placed somewhere on the coin so that anyone looking at the coin can determine the source. But is there a U.S. coin that bears a "mintmark" that is not a mintmark? Can the mintmark rule be broken in such a way? PCGS CoinFacts president Ron Guth investigates.

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PCGS CoinFacts – Modern Gold Commemoratives

The "modern" era of gold commemoratives spans the years from 1984 to date. The last of the "classic" gold commemoratives was issued in 1926 (the Sesquicentennial $2.50). With America going off the gold standard in 1933, there was little justification or inclination to strike a gold coin of any form.

The impetus for the revival of the gold commemorative program was the 1984 Summer Olympics, held that year in Los Angeles. Two Silver Dollars were issued to commemorate the event (and raise funds for the Olympic Committee), as well as a $10 gold piece, a first for the denomination.

The new $10 gold piece was made to the same weight and alloy specifications as the Indian Head $10 gold piece, last minted in 1933. A new minting facility at West Point, New York produced both Mint State and Proof versions of the new $10 commemorative, thus making it the first U.S. coin to bear the "W" mintmark.

Get detailed coin information, pricing, population reporting, auction prices realized, rarity and survival estimates and condition census on Modern Gold Commemoratives with a free trial to PCGS CoinFacts.

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Coin Market Buffet
by Jaime Hernandez

Is coin collecting more like dining out at an expensive restaurant or an all-you-can-eat buffet? How does having your choice of ’menu items’ influence your collecting experience? PCGS Price Guide Expert Jaime Hernandez draws a delicious analogy between your favorite meals and your favorite coins.

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From the Archives: Getting Acquainted with Silver & Trade Dollars

In this classic article first published on PCGS.com in February, 2001, renowned numismatic expert Q. David Bowers gives collectors an insightful overview of the field of silver and trade dollars. This article is just another example of the thousands of articles available free on PCGS.com that can assist you in building and expanding your collection. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the read.
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