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October 7, 2014 | Vol 14 Issue 20     

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From Don's Desk

There’s nothing like going to an auction and experiencing the ‘Lot Preview.’ You can learn a tremendous amount about the coins by reviewing them in person and discussing them with the auctioneers. In this week’s video I sit down with Julie Abrams from Legend Rare Coin Auctions to discuss how to get the most from an auction’s Lot Preview. As you will see, this is one of the best ways to learn about coins.

Don Willis
President, PCGS

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Baltimore Winter Expo
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October 30 – November 1, 2014

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November 19-22

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Photograde to Add Colonial Coins
by Mike Sherman

In a major expansion, PCGS will be adding the grading of Colonial Coins to its website and Photograde app.  For the initial rollout, PCGS will feature 32 of the major colonial issues, ranging from the Oak and Pine Tree Shillings, through the State Coinages, Fugio Cent, Washington Pieces and a variety of private tokens.  The source material used was the massive PCGS photo archive containing over 5,400 photos from the more than 18,000 pieces we have graded.

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A Closer Look:
The Messages on Coins
by Ron Guth

Coins can be described as a sort of mini-billboard for the issuer.  Each design is crafted with the specific purpose of spreading a message.  Take for instance, the first U.S. Large Cent, issued in 1793.  Its designers were making a bold statement against the tyranny that led to the Revolutionary War.

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PCGS CoinFacts - $4 Stella

Four-dollar gold pieces, or stellas, so-called from the five-pointed star on the reverse, are patterns, not regular coins. Stellas were produced in 1879 and 1880 at the suggestion of Hon. John A. Kasson, U.S. minister to Austria, who felt that a coin of this value would have been used by foreign travelers, as it could be readily exchanged for gold coins of approximate equivalent value in France, Germany, and other European countries. Indicative of its intended international nature, the obverse legend of the $4 piece expressed its metallic content in the metric system as follows: 6G, .3S, .7C, 7 GRAMS. Courtesy of Q. David Bowers.

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A Registry Software Drill Down
by BJ Searls

Did you know that you can add non-PCGS graded coins into the My Inventory tool within the Set Registry?  This enables you to keep track of your entire inventory with costs, current values, purchase date, source, comments, and personal notes.  Set Registry Director BJ Searls walks you through this features, and four other advanced functions of the Set Registry, in this week’s article.

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Stack's Bowers Galleries Announces the Auction Sale Dates for The D. Brent Pogue Collection

Stack's Bowers Galleries announced last week the projected schedule for the series of auction events which will showcase The D. Brent Pogue Collection. Carefully formed over many years by D. Brent Pogue with the support of his family in Dallas, the cabinet emphasizes United States coins of the early years, 1792 to the late 1830s, but includes many other treasures as well.
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