|eCollector - Dec. 17, 2002 | Vol. 3 Number 26|
Gold is Off and Running as Rare Coin Market Remains Blistering Hot
Set Registry Spotlight
Mitch Green - The Number One Finest Shield Nickels, Circulation Strikes (1866-1883)
PCGS SET REGISTRY RECEPTION. If you are planning to attend the Florida United Numismatists Show next month, don't forget to RSVP by January 3rd your plans to attend the Set Registry Reception being held Friday, January 10th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. David Hall, Collectors Universe President and one of the founders of the Professional Coin Grading Service, will give a discussion on how the Set Registry concept came about. Also, meet other set registrants and members of the PCGS staff. We look forward to the opportunity to thank you for your participation in the Set Registry program. To RSVP or if you have questions, please e-mail BJ Searls.
Check out the weighting preview on the Set Registry News page for the following sets: Barber dimes, quarters and half dollars. If your expertise is in one of those categories, please send us your feedback if you feel a weight for a particular coin should be changed. The following sets have recently been weighted: Four Dollar Gold, Proof (1879-1880), Three Cent Nickels, Circulation Strikes (1865-1889), Three Cent Nickels, Proof (1865-1889), and the 1950-1964 Proof Set. You'll find all this information and other updates on the Set Registry News page.
In January, PCGS will launch the new Canadian Coin Set Registry at the New York International Numismatic Convention. The first sets listed will be those of the incredible Belzberg Collection, the finest Canadian coin collection ever assembled. The Belzberg Collection goes up for sale by Heritage Numismatic Auctions on January 13th in New York City. Click here for details.
Fun, educational, and sometimes controversial, the PCGS Set Registry Messageboard remains the number one informative coin forum on the Internet. Get involved with other collectors who are currently participating in the Set Registry program or are just beginning. Click here to chat on the Set Registry Messageboard.
David Hall's Thoughts on the Market
What are Rays and what do they have to do with Shield nickels? Find out in Lingo, the PCGS dictionary of numismatic definitions. Click here for Lingo.
Subscribe to the online PCGS Population Report for as little as $4.95 a month! Updated weekly, get the latest census data on all coins graded by PCGS. Click here to get a free peek at the population statistics for Shield nickels.
Our Readers Ask
Question: Does PCGS downgrade for mint occurring die breaks? In other words... if I had a coin that was perfect, but with a die break or something mintmade as struck would it be downgraded?
Answer: "As struck" die breaks are considered neutral, i.e. they neither add to or subtract from the grade of a coin. The exception to this would be a huge die break that obliterated a major part of the design. In this case I believe we would consider the die break a negative eye appeal factor.
-- David Hall, Professional Coin Grading Service
Join the PCGS Collectors Club ...Enjoy the Benefits!
Do you collect Indian coins? Well, so does almost everyone else! Indian cents, Indian gold, or the Indian Head nickels of the past (or the Indian Head dollars of the recent, recent past). For the fall 2002 quarter (October 1 - December 31) Gold or Platinum Collectors Club members can have one of any Indian Head coin certified by PCGS for free. Your only cost is the postage. These special Collectors Club coins will be graded through the Regular Service and will be returned to you in approximately three weeks.
Online Bidding for the Bowers and Merena
Welcome to the Rarities Sale! Once again it's in January, and once again the Rarities Sale will become one of the first large numismatic auctions of the year -- paving the way for another year of important Bowers & Merena Galleries events! Presale bidding closes Sunday, January 5th at 11 p.m. Eastern Time (8 p.m. Pacific Time). All lots will be sold at public auction in Orlando, FL on Tuesday, January 7th starting at 5 p.m.
SEE PCGS IN JANUARY!
New York International Numismatic Show
F.U.N. Show: PCGS will be accepting coins for on-site grading at the F.U.N. show.
New York Show: PCGS will be accepting coins at all grading levels at the show. Coins submitted at the show will be graded by PCGS and returned via mail.