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August 26 2014 | Vol 14 Issue 17     

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

"What’s my coin worth?" It’s the number one question most people have about their coin. PCGS has developed several easy-to-use tools to help even the novice collector establish an idea of their coin’s value. First, there is PCGS Photograde with approximately 4,000 coin images to which you can compare your coin. With PCGS Photograde, you can quickly establish the type and condition of virtually any US coin and many World coins as well. We also offer the PCGS Price Guide. With over 284,000 prices for US coins alone, you can easily lookup the current retail prices for your coins. These resources make PCGS.com the go-to website for information for all US and World coins.

Don Willis
President, PCGS

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David Hall Previews Long Beach

Show Calendar

Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show
Long Beach, CA
September 4-6, 2014

PCGS Members Only Show
Las Vegas, NV
October 1-4, 2014

Baltimore Winter Expo
Baltimore, MD
October 30-November 1, 2014

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PCGS versus Comedy Central
by Phil Arnold

PCGS has discovered improper use of its TrueView imagery by cable giant Comedy Central. As a result, PCGS Lead Photographer, Phil Arnold, facetiously demands reparations as he outlines his case against Comedy Central.

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Pedigrees – Why They Are Important
by Ron Guth

When buying a dog, particularly a champion, one of the most important considerations is its pedigree. The bloodline of a pedigree proves a dog’s ancestry and allows the prospective purchaser to confirm that the parents are also champions. Buying coins with pedigrees is no different. In this classic article from 2005, PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth outlines four reasons why pedigrees should be important to every collector.

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PCGS CoinFacts: Walking Liberty Half Dollars

In 1916 the design of Adolph A. Weinman was selected for the new half dollar motif to replace the Barber design, which had been in use since 1892. Weinman, a sculptor, also produced the Liberty Head or “Mercury” dime introduced the same year.

The obverse depicts Miss Liberty walking toward the sun, her right arm outstretched, her left arm carrying a bundle of branches, and with a starry cape behind. LIBERTY is above, while IN GOD WE TRUST is to the lower right, and the date is below.

The motif seems to have been inspired by Saint-Gaudens’ motif for the illustrious double eagle of 1907. The reverse shows an eagle perched on a rocky crag, from which grows a pine branch, symbol of strength. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is above, E PLURIBUS UNUM is to the left, and HALF DOLLAR is below. – Courtesy of Q. David Bowers

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ICYMI: PCGS to Offer On-Site Crossover Special at Long Beach

PCGS will offer a special opportunity for "crossover" service at the September 4-6, 2014 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo. The usual Crossover grading fee will be waived on coins submitted at the show that do not crossover into PCGS holders.

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Bonhams Coins Medals and Banknote Auction Spotlights Several Important PCGS-Certified Rarities

Bonhams, the third largest international fine art auction house, recently announced the sale of several important PCGS-certified rarities in their upcoming August 31 Coins, Medals and Banknotes Auction in Los Angeles.

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