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April 22, 2014 | Vol 14 Issue 8     

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

With over 2.8 million records, the PCGS Auction Prices Realized archive is extremely useful. For many this is a well-kept secret that is tucked away on our website. As a buyer, I want to know what others have paid for coins similar to what I am considering purchasing! APR is one of three major data points that I have always used in buying or selling coins. The others are the PCGS Population Report and the PCGS Price Guide. Using these three tools, and sometimes a bit of deductive reasoning, reasonable conclusions can be reached in regard to a coin’s value, availability and desirability. In this week’s video we explore the APR system offered by PCGS. Take a minute to check it out, and more importantly, go to www.pcgs.com/auctionprices and see for yourself.

Don Willis
President, PCGS

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

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May 21-24, 2014

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June 5-7, 2014

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Vive la Commémoratifs
by BJ Searls

From the early 1980s to date, France has issued a plethora of beautiful commemorative coinage. A collector has a number of choices. He can assemble coins by denomination, by metal content, by period and by subject matter. If he decides to collect them all, the number of coins is upwards of 950, and that’s just one coin per date and type! Looking for a challenge? Read on as Set Registry Director BJ Searls reviews French Commemoratives.

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Hidden Gems from the US Mint
by Phil Arnold

The medals offered by the US mint do not often get that much fanfare or attention. This fact is quite a shame since these medals offer a wide array of historical and cultural subjects that appeal to a wide range of collectors. PCGS Lead Photographer Phil Arnold delves into the quality, design and value of these medals and explains what makes these releases true hidden gems from the US Mint.

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1926 Oregon Trail Commemorative Half Dollar

The story of the Oregon Trail commemoratives is one of exploitation and greed. The coins were struck in large quantities to begin with, i.e. the 1926, 1926-S, and 1928 issues, but after several years of trying to sell all 100,055 1926-S Oregons before the 1928 issue could be released, the dealers involved realized that a lower, ostensibly rarer issue would be easier to sell for a good profit and they convinced the Mint to melt 44,000 of the 50,028 originally minted of the 1928.

After that the Oregons had lower mintages and were struck in 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, and 1939. In other words, Oregons were struck from 1926 thru 1939. No other silver commemorative issue had an issue period that long!

While the actual issue of the Oregon Trails was somewhat contrived, the design of the coins is very beautiful. Some people, myself included, consider them to be among the most beautiful U.S. coins ever made. - Courtesy of David Hall

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Tips & Advice from PCGS Customer Service
by David Talk

One of the most common questions we get in PCGS Customer Service is, "How do I fill out my submission form?". The answer depends on which submission form you are completing, but is very similar for all of the different types that PCGS offers. Customer Service Manager David Talk walks you through your options (including print and digital) and offers some helpful tips along the way.

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Rare Platinum Frosted FREEDOM Variety at GreatCollections

A scarce production proof error, acknowledged by the U.S. Mint, is being auctioned by GreatCollections, with bidding to end on Sunday, April 27, 2014. The 2007-W $25 Quarter-Ounce Platinum Statue of Liberty coin has the word FREEDOM in frosted type, as opposed to the mirror finish. Mint Officials did not believe the word FREEDOM was prominent enough and decided to change the finish of the letters at the last minute. PCGS has graded the coin PR70 DCAM.
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