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February 10, 2015 | Vol 15 Issue 3

What Price Finest Known?
by Ron Guth

From the time we start collecting, we’re told to buy the finest grades we can afford. Though not stated explicitly, the implication in this advice is that if we have enough money, we should buy the finest example known – the one at the top of the Condition Census. In most cases, the best individual coin is vastly more expensive than the next best one. We’re somewhat safe when the finest grade is populated with multiple examples, but if there is ever a breakout coin that is half a point better than the crowd, we can expect to pay a huge premium. Thus, for most collectors, buying Finest Knowns is an exercise in futility because we simply can’t afford them.


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What To Do

It’s only February but it’s already been an exciting year for the PCGS Set Registry! At the FUN show we introduced the new SHOP function, which allows Set Registry participants to quickly and easily shop virtually every PCGS graded coin listed on the Internet. Later in January at the Long Beach Expo, we introduced the Digital Coin Album. This is a fun concept that has been quickly embraced by many Set Registry participants. The Digital Coin Album is very easy to use and quite powerful in effect! Check out the video on my blog and give it a try.

Don Willis
President, PCGS



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Mint Issues 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set
by Jaime Hernandez

On February 3, the U.S. Mint released the new 2015 Clad State Quarters in a 5 Piece Proof Set. Each coin features a design that commemorates a national site. This year the Mint will honor sites in the states of Nebraska, Louisiana, North Carolina, Delaware and New York.


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What is my Kennedy Half Dollar Worth?

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David Hall’s Rare Coin Market Report

Silver backed off last week. Lot of changes on the PCGS Price Guide and a look forward into the new PCGS Set Registry Digital Coin Album feature.


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