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Thoughts on this weekend’s Whitman Expo

November 13, 2017 in Blogs, Coin Dealers, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Scott Barman Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

Whitman Expo came to Baltimore this weekend to fill up three large halls in the Baltimore Convention Center. Like every Whitman Expo, dealers come from all over making it a must-attend east coast destination. I was able to attend on Friday afternoon. It was not for long because I had to work half of the […]Full article at the source>

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A sign of the times?

August 20, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coin Dealers, Collecting, Education, Foreign Policy, History, Investing, Legal, Legislation, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

Over the past decade, collectors of ancient coins have been faced with constant pressure from left wing radicals of academia—particularly the archaeological community leadership and their sycophants. Among the ardent supporters of anti-collector groups are a small but well entrenched cadre of bureaucrats in Washington. The level of governmental infiltration by these cultural property nationalists—bent on eliminating or controlling international trade in cultural property—is in itself cause for some concern. History is replete with examples of ideology supplanting law and individual rights in a quest for social management. It has been the cause of more than… Full article at the source>

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PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame adds to growing list of inductees

August 9, 2017 in Awards, Coin Dealers, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Press Release News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

(Denver, Colorado)—On Friday, August 4, 2017, two more renowned numismatists joined the ranks of the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame.

In the final days of this year’s World’s Fair of Money, during the PCGS Set Registry Luncheon, Kevin Lipton and the late David Proskey joined the esteemed list of numismatists who comprise the PCGS CoinFacts Hall of Fame.

“It’s important that we acknowledge those who have made tremendous contributions to the industry and the hobby we love. Kevin Lipton and David Proskey did just that. The PCGS CoinFacts Hall of Fame has been adding prestigious names throughout numismatics since 2010,… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Grande Dame of Numismatics Passes Away at 97

May 17, 2017 in American Numismatic Society, ANA (American Numismatic Association), Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Collecting, Education, History, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, USA Coins, World Coins

By: James A. Simek, PNG Secretary

Catherine Bullowa-Moore, a very highly respected Philadelphia coin dealer for six and one-half decades, passed away peacefully May 15, 2017. She was 97 years of age and was originally from Larchmont, New York. She was likable, charming, engaging and very interested in educating people about the joys of numismatics. She was particularly fond of talking to youngsters about coins because she felt they represented the future of the hobby.

I first met Catherine in 1966, I believe, at a coin show in downtown Chicago. I was a teenager with very little money to spend, and I let her know that. She graciously spent time visiting with me and even let me have a coin on “memo” since I did not have enough money with me to pay for it (at the time I did not even know what “memo” meant!). I was taken aback, since we had just met and did not really know each other, but she said “that’s OK, I trust you.” That left an indelible mark and led to a friendship that has endured for more than half a century. She is one of the reasons I am in this profession today.

After marrying David Bullowa, one of America’s premier professional numismatists, Catherine was thrust into the rare coin business when David died unexpectedly in October 1953 after only 1-1/2 years of marriage. Although approached by numerous dealers who wanted to purchase the business name and location, Catherine was determined to make a career of it herself. “Determined” is a good word to describe Catherine. She was independent, strong-willed and extremely capable and was admired by many for having these traits.

She had acquired a love of coins from her late husband and, in his memory, decided to continue the business. Keep in mind that, at the time, there were only a handful of female coin dealers in the entire country so this presented quite a challenge for the young lady who had majored in zoology at Connecticut College.

Catherine loved to read and made good use of David’s extensive numismatic library. She studied not only United States coins and currency, but foreign and ancient coins as well. It was not long before she was a self-taught expert in several aspects of numismatics.

In 1959, Catherine married Earl E Moore, an autographs and manuscripts specialist. Their union was to last 41 years. They were frequent attendees at coin shows and conventions throughout the country and both of them enjoyed the camaraderie and interactions with old friends that these opportunities afforded.

Through the years, Catherine held membership in numerous professional and hobby-related organizations. Among them were the American Numismatic Society (ANS) of which she was a Life Fellow and to which she contributed generously; the Royal Numismatic Society (RNS) of which she was a Fellow; the International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN); the American Numismatic Association (ANA) in which she held Life Membership #355; and the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) where she had Senior Member status. She was also a founding member of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG), and one of only a handful of individuals to have been given Life Member status (#3) by the organization.

Catherine received many awards and accolades throughout her illustrious career, and one she was quite pleased to receive was the PNG’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. She also received their Art Kagin Numismatic Ambassador Award in 2013.

One achievement of which she was particularly proud was to have been chosen in 1965 as a member of the United States Assay Commission. Names were submitted by the Director of the Mint to the White House where the final choices were made. Members would check random samples of the previous year’s coinage for weight and purity and membership in the Commission carried with it a great deal of prestige. She also was a member of the Old Time Assay Commissioners’ Society and enjoyed that immensely.

Catherine’s rich legacy and fond memories remain with countless people she has come in contact with throughout her long and illustrious career in numismatics. She will be greatly missed by her family, as well as by numerous friends and associates.

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End of October Report

October 29, 2016 in Coin Dealers, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Education, Events, Gold, Grading, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

By Jose Legend Numismatics Market Report

Disappointing month

Typically October is a very good month for us. In the end, our numbers were big-but it was from 3 bigger deals. The flow of traffic to our web site and the business from it was clearly off (although we did enjoy one really good week). That bothers us tremendously. At time we wondered if we pissed the world off or what is going on. We do know it is not just us. October has turned out to be a slower month for anyone not deeply involved in better gold. Fortunately our biggest deal was well over $2,000,000.00, did… Full article at the source>

Source: Legend Numismatics Market Report

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Buyer beware

October 3, 2016 in Blogs, Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, Education, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Laura Sperber Legend Numismatics Hot Topics

Auction buying

I want to make it clear this is not a self serving Hot Topics. I am writing this based upon several negatives I see happening. As many of you know, I tirelessly fight coin doctors and dealers who shill for them. For awhile, things chilled. Lately, I do not like a lot of what I see starting to happen again. The public needs a little reminder.

One thing I can proudly state-Legend and Legend Auctions do NOT deal in doctored coins. Legend Numismatics sells ONLY CAC beaned coins to its customers for a reason. Legend Auctions has myself, Greg Cohen, and George Huang… Full article at the source>

Source: Legend Numismatics Hot Topics

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PNG Executive Director Suspends Member Gary Tancer

September 27, 2016 in Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Collecting, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases

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September 27, 2016

News media contact:
Robert Brueggeman (951) 587-8300

PNG Executive Director Suspends Member Gary Tancer

(Temecula, California) – Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) Executive Director Robert Brueggeman has suspended PNG-member Gary Tancer of Boca Raton, Florida “for conduct prejudicial to the PNG.”

Under PNG Bylaws, the full PNG Board of Directors now will be asked to ratify the suspension or vote for expulsion from the organization. Tancer has been a member of the PNG since 2007.

Founded in 1955, the Professional Numismatists Guild is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the country’s top numismatic experts.  All PNG member-dealers must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics (www.PNGdealers.org/code-of-ethics) in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.

For additional information, contact the Professional Numismatists Guild by phone at (951) 587-8300 or by email at info@PNGdealers.org.

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End of Summer (Market Report)

September 18, 2016 in Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Jose Legend Numismatics Market Report

Summer is over

Looks like the summer doldrums are coming to an end. This years episode was pretty rough. It got so quiet the market (in our estimation) overall fell 10-15% from June until now. It was different this year since there was an unexpected appearance of a few “whales” and what one dealer called a major collector “a super nova”. Those people affected the upper end of the rare gold market and hard to believe the early copper markets were hot all summer. The feather down effect is now only started to be felt in other areas.

For the masses and… Full article at the source>

Source: Legend Numismatics Market Report

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True quality, a good dealer, and freshness do make a difference

September 5, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, Education, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Laura Sperber Legend Numismatics Hot Topics

If you think this Hot Topics sounds like a broken record-yes, it does. I can never say these issues enough!

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A COIN TO BE FRESH?

This is where many collectors make big mistakes. A coin purchased in 2013 is NOT fresh. Most likely people remember it. A coin from 2005 IS now fresh. There is no specific rule as to what is “fresh”. We like to think anything 10+ years or longer off the market completely is fresh. recently I had a collector say to me, I have been buying since 2012, why can’t I make… Full article at the source>

Source: Legend Numismatics Hot Topics

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American Numismatic Association to Grant Service Awards to Numismatists at World’s Fair of Money

August 5, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Prize Winners

By: Coin Update News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The American Numismatic Association has shared the following press release:

 

The recipients of the American Numismatic Association 2016 Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award, Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Numismatist of the Year Award will be formally recognized at the upcoming World’s Fair of Money, which takes place Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Anaheim in the California D Ballroom. Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award

Mary Counts Burleson, president of Whitman Publishing, LLC, will receive the Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award for Achievement in Numismatics. Established in 2013, the award recognizes women… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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David Sundman Receives ANA’s Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award

July 14, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Prize Winners, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Coin Update News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The American Numismatic Association has shared the following press release:

Tuesday, July 12, 2016—David Sundman, president of Littleton Coin Company in Littleton, NH, is the 2016 recipient of the American Numismatic Association’s Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award. The award honors a professional numismatist who shows uncommon dedication to strengthening the hobby and the Association and displays exemplary ethical standards as a numismatic dealer.

Unlike many numismatists, David Sundman grew up with a mail-order stamp and coin business, which was founded by his parents, Maynard and Fannie. By age five, David was sorting bags of Indian Head cents… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Stack’s Bowers Upgrades Web Site and Mobile Apps

March 9, 2016 in Auctions, Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, Press Releases, Software

By: Coin Update news.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries has shared the following press release:

SANTA ANA, CA. —Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce that beginning March 8, 2016, its clients will be able to access its entirely new, integrated technology platform including website and iOS mobile and tablet apps.

“Worldwide, our clients have been increasingly engaging with us online, particularly on their mobile devices,” said Brian Kendrella, president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries. “Several months ago we enlisted Auction Mobility, the leading auction house technology provider, to build us an integrated auction platform for both web and mobile. Our new platform offers a superior user experience and… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Las Vegas PCGS Invitational Show

February 22, 2016 in Coin Dealers, Coin Shows, Collecting, Events, Fun, Investing, Market Report, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), USA Coins

By Jose Campos Legend Numismatics Market Report

THE SHOW

We never can say enough great comments about the PCGS Invitationals in Las Vegas. They are by far the most intimate, secure, and well pampered (the food spreads are delicious) shows to attend.

Even in this choppy market, the majority of the real “players” attended. It was extremely interesting to note that a bigger % then usual were there solely to buy. Much to our surprise. they were not just seeking gold like always. This time we has multiple requests for (gasp) Proof Type. We certainly have not heard that in many months.

For us, the show was an unexpected… Full article at the source>

Source: Legend Numismatics Market Report

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“In God We Trust” Topic Of ANA Dallas Show Program by Michael Fuljenz, March 4

February 11, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Coin Dealers, Coin Shows, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, U.S. Notes, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

February 11, 2016

News media contact:
Donn Pearlman, (702) 868-5777

“In God We Trust” Topic Of ANA Dallas
Show Program by Michael Fuljenz, March 4

 

(Dallas, Texas) – Educator and award-winning numismatic writer Michael Fuljenz will give a free, informative presentation on the national motto, “In God We Trust,” at the American Numismatic Association National Money Show in Dallas, Texas on Friday, March 4, 2016.  The public is invited.

The 45-minute presentation by Fuljenz entitled, “The Untold Story of ‘In God We Trust’ and its Ties to the National Anthem,” will start at 11:00 am on March 4 in Room 302 of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 650 Griffin St., in Dallas.  

“Some critics of ‘In God We Trust’ may be ignorant of the phrase’s legal history or are deliberately ignoring the rulings of courts and resolutions of Congress,” explained Fuljenz, the President of Universal Coin & Bullion (www.UniversalCoin.com) in Beaumont, Texas who has written award-winning articles about the national motto (www.INGODWETRUSTonmoney.com).

Commenting on the recent controversy about the motto’s placement on police vehicles in some communities, Fuljenz explained: “The patriotic motto has withstood a long line of legal challenges to appear on our money and on government-owned property.  Courts have ruled that the motto can remain for ceremonial and patriotic reasons and tradition.”

“It first appeared on circulating United States coins in 1864.  It has been on all our coins since 1938, became the only official national motto in 1956 with the signing of legislation by President Dwight Eisenhower, and has appeared on all our paper money since 1966,” said Fuljenz.

Last month, a lawsuit was filed in Ohio seeking to remove the phrase from U.S. coins and paper money.  

In 2013, a Federal Court judge in New York dismissed a lawsuit seeking removal of In God We Trust from our currency.  The judge noted that “the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly assumed the motto’s secular purpose and effect.”  In 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a resolution reaffirming it as the national motto and encouraging its display in all public schools and government buildings.

Fuljenz pointed out that while the motto first appeared on U.S. coins at the time of the Civil War, it actually was inspired by events a half century earlier during the War of 1812.

“In 1861, Treasury Secretary Salmon Chase received a letter from a Pennsylvania minister who requested ‘the recognition of the Almighty God in some form on our coins.’   Chase instructed Mint Director James Pollock to prepare a motto.  Pollock recalled a lyric in the now-seldom sung fourth stanza of The Star Spangled Banner: ‘And this be our motto – In God is our trust.’  Pollock had the words, ‘GOD OUR TRUST,’ placed on a few experimental patterns being tested in the early 1860s for proposed new designs for half-dollar and $10 denomination coins,” said Fuljenz.

“After consultations and debate within the Treasury Department, the words, IN GOD WE TRUST, first appeared in circulation on a new coin denomination, copper two-cent pieces, starting in 1864,” Fuljenz added.

Admission to the lecture is free.  Admission to the National Money Show main floor on Thursday and Friday, March 3 and 4, will be $8 for adults, free for children.  A $2 discount coupon is available online at www.NationalMoneyShow.com.  There will be free admission for everyone on Saturday, March 5, when numismatic experts will be available to give complimentary verbal appraisals of the public’s old coins and paper money.

A former high school chemistry and physics teacher and principal of the Governor’s gifted students program in Louisiana, Fuljenz has served on the Diocese of Beaumont Catholic School Board since 2007 and was President from 2010 to 2012.  He was honored with the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Award in 2013.

Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion

Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion

Known as America’s Gold Expert®, Michael Fuljenz has won dozens of prestigious national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals.  He recently received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from McNeese State University.  A respected community leader in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, Mike also has served with distinction as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission, United States Mint and Royal Canadian Mint, and is on the Board of Directors of the Jefferson County Texas Crime Stoppers organization and the Industry Council For Tangible Assets.

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PCGS Is Giving Away 30 Morgans In 30 Days

February 3, 2016 in Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Dollar Coins, Grading, History, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

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February 3, 2016

News media contact:
Steve Sloan, (949) 567-1223

PCGS Is Giving Away 30 Morgans In 30 Days

 

PCGS 30th Anniversary logo

PCGS 30th Anniversary logo

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.pcgs.com) is turning 30, and as part of the celebration PCGS will be giving away 30 Morgan silver dollars over 30 days.

“It’s easy and free to enter online, and 30 people will win Mint State examples of one of America’s most popular coin series, the Morgan dollar,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

Entries will be accepted at www.pcgs.com/30morgans starting at 9 a.m. Pacific/Noon Eastern time on February 3, 2016, the anniversary date of the company’s founding in 1986.  The deadline for submitting entries will be 4 p.m. Pacific/7 p.m. Eastern on March 3.  

At the end of the entry period, 30 winners will be selected at random.  Each winner will receive a Mint State U.S. Morgan dollar graded and encapsulated under the PCGS Secure Service.

The Morgan dollars are provided courtesy of L&C Coins (www.LCcoins.com), the sweepstakes sponsor, and each one is labeled with a special designation as 1 of 30 from the sweepstakes.  The full 30 Morgans in 30 Days rules can be found at www.PCGS.com/30morgans/rules.

A 30 Morgans in 30 Days prize

A 30 Morgans in 30 Days prize

“PCGS experts have examined, authenticated and graded over 19 million Mint State Morgan dollars since the company’s launch. Now we’ll give away 30 of those historic coins to celebrate our 30th anniversary,” said PCGS Co-Founder David Hall, President of PCGS’s parent company, Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

Since its founding in 1986, Professional Coin Grading Service has become the industry standard in third-party certification.  With offices in California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris, PCGS experts have certified over 31 million coins with a total market value of over 29 billion dollars.

For additional information about PCGS products and services, call 800-447-8848 or email info@pcgs.com.  

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Inventory Highlights, 2015 in Review

January 4, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

2015 was a memorable year for Douglas Winter Numismatics. We sold over 1,000 pieces of choice and rare United States gold coins, with many finest known and Condition Census pieces finding new homes. We can’t tell you about all the coins we sold in 2015 because a number of them were secret, and we always respect the wishes of our clients regarding privacy.

But let’s take a look at some of the great coins we sold in 2015, viewing them by denomination.

Gold Dollars

1853-O $1.00 PCGS MS66 CAC

  • 1853-O PCGS MS66 CAC, among the finest known
  • Multiple examples of the rare 1855-D in the… Full article at the source> 

    Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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Multi-Million Dollar Displays And Educational Seminars Highlight September 2015 Long Beach Expo

August 25, 2015 in Auctions, Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Competition, Conventions, Counterfeit, Education, Entertainment, Events, Fun, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, Seminars, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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August 25, 2015

News media contact:
Steve Sloan (949)567-1223

Multi-Million Dollar Displays And Educational
Seminars Highlight September 2015 Long Beach Expo

 

The 1877 pattern half dollar (J-1511), graded PCGS PR66RB, will be among the Simpson Collection pattern coins on display during the September 2015 Long Beach Expo. (PCGS TrueViewSM image.)

The 1877 pattern half dollar (J-1511), graded PCGS PR66RB, will be among the Simpson Collection pattern coins on display during the September 2015 Long Beach Expo. (PCGS TrueViewSM image.)

(Long Beach, California) –- Multi-million dollar displays of rare U.S. pattern coins and high-grade early date large cents exhibited for the first time on the West Coast, along with educational seminars, grading contests and more than 500 dealers buying and selling will highlight the next Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com).  

The show will be held, September 17 – 19, 2015, in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.  Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com), the official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo, will conduct U.S. and world coin and banknote auctions on-site and online.

“This will be a busy show for many collectors and dealers with displays and activities for beginning to advanced numismatists,” said Cassi East, President of the Long Beach Expo, a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (Nasdaq:  CLCT).

While supplies last, Professional Coin Grading Service will give away complimentary “Periodic Table of United States Coins” posters.  Numismatic experts and PCGS poster co-creators David Hall, Ron Guth and Mike Sherman will be on hand to autograph the posters.

Highlights of the September Long Beach Expo include:

Two superb PCGS-certified sets from The Bob Simpson U.S. Pattern Collection recently displayed at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, the Morgan half dollar patterns of 1877 and $4 Stellas in all metals (www.pcgs.com/News/Simpson-Half-Dollar-And-Stella-Patterns), will be exhibited courtesy of collector Bob Simpson of Texas and Legend Numismatics of New Jersey.

Among the outstanding Simpson Collection pattern coins on display during the September 2015 Long Beach Expo will be this 1879 Coiled Hair $4 “Stella” (J-1638), graded PCGS PR66+CA. (PCGS TrueViewSM image.)

Among the outstanding Simpson Collection pattern coins on display during the September 2015 Long Beach Expo will be this 1879 Coiled Hair $4 “Stella” (J-1638), graded PCGS PR66+CA. (PCGS TrueViewSM image.)

A selection of the Tom Reynolds Collection of early date (1793 – 1814) United States large cents, recently certified by PCGS (www.pcgs.com/News/Amazing-Tom-Reynolds-Collection), will be displayed by Ira & Larry Goldberg Auctioneers.

Visitors also will be able to view more coins from the D. Brent Pogue Collection for the first time on the West Coast, courtesy of Stack’s Bowers Galleries, including the Lord St. Oswald 1794 Dollar (BB-1, B-1), graded PCGS MS66+, and the Garrett Collection 1795 Eagle, (BD-4) Capped Bust Right, PCGS MS66+.

The GDH Collection, the number one sets in the PCGS Set Registry of quarter-ounce silver and 1/24 ounce gold 25th Anniversary Panda coins also will be displayed.  

Collectors, dealers and young numismatists can compete for prizes in the PCGS Coin Grading Contest (www.longbeachexpo.com/news/2015/109).  

“This popular activity again returns to the Long Beach Expo with a challenge to grade a variety of 20 coins in 30 minutes.  Advanced registration is encouraged by calling PCGS Customer Service at 1-800-447-8848,” said East.

PCGS will offer two separate seminars (www.longbeachexpo.com/news/2015/110) from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 19.  Grading 102 “Qualifiers” will be taught by Michael Sherman, PCGS Director of Collector Education.  The other seminar, Grading 103 “No Grades and Counterfeit Detection,” will be taught by Mike Faraone, PCGS Lead Counterfeit Detection Expert.

Graded PCGS Secure MS66 BN, this 1794 Large Cent (S-28, head of 1794) from the Reynolds Collection is among the highlights of Reynolds Collection early date Large Cents that will be displayed at the September 2015 Long Beach Expo. (PCGS TrueViewSM image.)

Graded PCGS Secure MS66 BN, this 1794 Large Cent (S-28, head of 1794) from the Reynolds Collection is among the highlights of Reynolds Collection early date Large Cents that will be displayed at the September 2015 Long Beach Expo. (PCGS TrueViewSM image.)

Advance registration is required for the grading and counterfeit detection seminars.  Contact PCGS Customer Service at 1-800-447-8848 or register online at www.PCGS.com/store.

“There will be about a dozen club meetings and educational seminars during the upcoming show.  More than 500 collectibles dealers from around the country will be buying and selling rare coins, gold, silver, paper money, stamps, sports memorabilia, estate jewelry and other collectibles. We will also have nearly two dozen dealers from China attending the September show,” said East.

Representatives of Professional Sports Authenticator (www.PSAcard.com) and PSA/DNA Authentication Services will be accepting submissions at the show.

On Saturday, September 19, youngsters can get free prizes during a treasure hunt, and the Long Beach Stamp Club will give away vintage, collectible postage stamps to children to help them start a collection.

Show hours are Thursday and Friday, September 17 and 18, from 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, September 19, from 10 am to 5 pm.  Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and children aged 8 to 16; however, free admission coupons are available in advance online.  

“Simply go to our website, www.LongBeachExpo.com, click ‘Get Passes,’ and enter the special Promo Code, PRSEPT15.  Then print out the free admission coupon and present it at the show’s registration desk,” said East.

For additional information, including the schedule of events and a list of attending dealers, visit online at www.LongBeachExpo.com, call the Long Beach Expo at 888-743-9316 or email at LBExpo@collectors.com.

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New PNG President Dana Samuelson Working To Promote Growth of Hobby And Marketplace

August 24, 2015 in Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Collecting, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases

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August 24, 2015

News media contact:
Dana Samuelson, (800) 613-9323

New PNG President Dana Samuelson Working
To Promote Growth of Hobby And Marketplace

 

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(Temecula, California) – Dana Samuelson, President of American Gold Exchange in Austin, Texas, has been selected as the 2015 – 2017 President of the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org).  Founded in 1953, the nonprofit PNG is composed of many of the country’s top rare coin and paper money dealers who pledge to follow a strict code of ethics (www.pngdealers.org/png-code-of-ethics) in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.  

“It is an honor to be elected President of the PNG. The PNG membership is comprised of the finest professional numismatists in the country whose knowledge and integrity is unsurpassed.  And it’s a bonus that these people are not only very talented and hardworking, but also a lot of fun to be with,” said Samuelson.

“As President, I look forward to continuing the initiatives we’ve begun in the last several years like the successful PNG internship program and PNG trade shows,” he added.

Dana Samuelson

New PNG President Dana Samuelson

“I also look forward to working with the new American Numismatic Association President Jeff Garrett, who is a PNG Past President (2005 – 2007), to strengthen the bond between our two organizations of collectors and dealers. And, of course, the PNG will continue to assist and work closely with the International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN) and the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA).  As our profession’s lobbying group, ICTA keeps an eye on both state and national legislative issues that are important to buyers and sellers of rare coins and precious metals,” Samuelson stated.

Barry Stuppler of Barry Stuppler & Co. in Woodland Hills, California is the new PNG Vice President; Richard Weaver of Delaware Valley Rare Coin in Broomall, Pennsylvania is Treasurer; and James Simek of NumisGraphic Enterprises in Westchester, Illinois is Secretary.

“Under PNG Bylaws, member-dealers of the organization elect the board members at large, and then the elected board members select the officers from within their group.  During their August 9, 2015 meeting in Rosemont, Illinois, the nine-member Board chose the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer,” explained Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director.

The 2015 – 2017 PNG Board of Directors also is composed of Immediate Past President Terry Hanlon of Dillon Gage Metals Division in Addison, Texas; John Hamrick of John B. Hamrick & Co. in Alpharetta, Georgia; John Maben of JFM Trading in Lakewood Ranch, Florida; Wade Milas of RARCOA in Willowbrook, Illinois; and James Sego of JMS Coins in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

“The election of Wade Milas to the board marks the first time that the son of a former PNG President has been selected as a PNG officer.  Wade’s late father, Ed Milas, served with distinction as PNG President from 1983 to 1985,” explained Brueggeman.

Samuelson is optimistic about the numismatic marketplace.

“Going forward it will be exciting to watch how the rare coin market continues to evolve in the 21st century. The just-concluded ANA Chicago convention was another successful show for dealers, the public and the auction houses, with interest and prices continuing to be strong for marquis rare coins,” he said.

“Seeing again in person former Trompeter Collection proof gold coins and watching them come up for auction with other rarities like the 1861-S Paquet $20 out of the Duquesne Collection were highlights for me personally.  We have more of the phenomenal D. Brent Pogue Collection coins coming up for auction later this year. Opportunities to acquire incredible coins like these don’t happen all the time, so I hope collectors and dealers alike are taking advantage of the chance to see and buy these wonderful coins coming to market again,” stated Samuelson.

For a copy of “The Pleasure of Numismatics,” an informative, ten-page illustrated educational booklet about collecting rare coins, paper money, tokens and medals, send $1 to: Professional Numismatists Guild, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, California 92590.

For additional information about the Professional Numismatists Guild, visit online at www.PNGdealers.org or call the PNG headquarters in Temecula, California at (951) 587-8300.

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Official Launch Event For Downies New Southgate Store

June 10, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coin Dealers, Collecting, Events, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

By: Downies Downies.com

On Friday, May 29 Downies held a special event to officially launch their new retail store at Southgate on the banks of the picturesque Yarra River in Melbourne’s CBD. The event was attended by around 30 people, with clients, friends … Continue reading → Full article at the source>

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More PNG Interns Hired, Mentoring Available For Prospective Professional Numismatists

June 9, 2015 in Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases

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June 9, 2015

News media contact:
Robert Brueggeman, (951) 587-8300

More PNG Interns Hired, Mentoring Available
For Prospective Professional Numismatists

Two more interns in the Professional Numismatists Guild’s (www.PNGdealers.org) Promoting Numismatic Growth mentoring program have been hired as full-time professional numismatists.  The PNG continues to encourage more candidates to enroll in the organization’s recently-launched mentoring program and also is offering its online education courses to anyone, whether or not the person wants to enroll in the internship program.

“Five of the original seven PNG interns now have been successfully placed in numismatic careers,” said Carol Raia, Administrator of the PNG mentoring program.

Former PNG interns Evan Brooke

Former PNG interns Evan Brooke

Evan Brooke, age 30, has been hired as a grader at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (www.NGCcoin.com), the PNG’s official grading service, and Ian Connor, age 22, has been hired by coin dealer Jay King of Logansport, Indiana.

The Promoting Numismatic Growth project was started in 2014 and is intended to help nurture the next generation of professional numismatists.  The program includes online instruction about coins, banknotes and the numismatic market, followed by a paid internship at a major numismatic company.

“I feel incredibly lucky to have been chosen by the PNG to take part in this amazing internship program.  You could not buy the knowledge and connections I have made in the past year.  Working with and learning from the best numismatists in the world is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Brooke.

Connor concurred: “There is no doubt in my mind the most valuable part of the PNG experience is the people you meet and work with on a daily basis.  The experts you cross paths with at all companies is something that is invaluable and extremely helpful.  All were eager for me to ask questions and pick their brains.  I had the opportunity to learn a tremendous amount of knowledge in a very short time from these wonderful mentors.”

Internship applications are being accepted by PNG from prospective candidates 21 to 32 years of age.

Former PNG interns Ian Connor

Former PNG interns Ian Connor

“Internship candidates who successfully complete a background security check and the education components of the program will have the opportunity for a three to six month, paid internship at either Heritage Auctions or Numismatic Guaranty Corporation,” explained PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

The PNG also is offering its extensive online, multi-media internship education and training curriculum from the Edward C. Milas School of Numismatics to anyone who wants to take the classes, not just internship candidates.  There are two levels of online classes developed in conjunction with the University of Rare Coins.

The fee for applying for the internship program is $250 to cover the cost of a security background check and the Level 100 online classes.  The cost for Level 200 for intern candidates is an additional $250.  Those who want only the online classes can enroll for a total fee of $300 that includes both Level 100 and 200.

Certificates of Completion will be provided to everyone who successfully completes both levels.

“I would encourage any young person who wishes to make a career out of numismatics to pursue this informative opportunity,” said former intern Brooke.

“I cannot thank the PNG enough for giving me this opportunity, especially Carol Raia, the program administrator, and the President of the PNG, Terry Hanlon. I would like to especially thank my first mentor Sam Brown from Keypoint Trust Coins in Ambler, Pennsylvania who helped me out so much. I will be forever grateful for that,” he added.

Specific information about the internship program and educational courses is available at www.PNGdealers.org under the “Promoting Numismatic Growth” navigation links near the top of the PNG’s home page.  For additional information, contact the PNG by phone at (951) 587-8300 or by email at internship@PNGdealers.org.

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12 Most Common Coin Problems

May 15, 2015 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Coin Grading, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Grading, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Bugeja News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Many hobbyists, especially those starting out, cannot detect the 12 most common problems found on eBay, Proxibid or other online portals. With more coin sales happening now online, often with unreliable sellers who may or may not have any numismatic expertise, it is increasingly essential to identify problems before bidding and determine whether you can live with the flaw.

When I started collecting, I would ask my local coin shop dealers about how to spot problems. Later, coin club presentations helped me learn. However, with our busy lives and fewer brick-and-mortar shops in home towns, the best place to learn… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Sold by Douglas Winter Numismatics: Very Rare Uncirculated 1862-S Half Eagle

May 13, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

This regular DWN blog feature looks at some of the rare and interesting coins which we have sold in recent months. Most of these coins never made it to our website, and instead were quietly sold to collectors who we knew needed specific issues and who we had close personal relationships with.

The 1862-S is the second rarest Civil War era half eagle from the San Francisco mint, trailing only the 1864-S. Of the 9,500 struck only 45-55 are known with most in lower grades. The reasons for this low survival rate include heavy use in commerce, pervasive meltings and a… Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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Long Beach Expo Welcomes Collectors And Dealers, June 4 – 6, 2015

May 7, 2015 in Auctions, Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Grading, Investing, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Precious Metals, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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May 7, 2015

News media contact:
Steve Sloan: (949) 567-1223

Long Beach Expo Welcomes Collectors And Dealers, June 4 – 6, 2015

 

This 1933 Eagle, graded PCGS MS65, will be one of many highlights in the Heritage Auctions Signature Auction at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo. (Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions www.HA.com.)

This 1933 Eagle, graded PCGS MS65, will be one of many highlights in the Heritage Auctions Signature Auction at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo. (Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions www.HA.com.)

(Long Beach, California) — The June 4 – 6, 2015 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com) will offer collectors and dealers a wide range of buying, selling and hobby education opportunities.  Visitors also will be able to view more coins from the D. Brent Pogue Collection for the first time on the West Coast.

“There will be about a dozen club meetings and educational seminars during the upcoming show.  More than 500 collectibles dealers will be buying and selling rare coins, gold, silver, paper money, stamps, sports memorabilia, estate jewelry and other collectibles,” said Long Beach Expo President Cassi East.

The official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo, Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com), will conduct a Signature Auction of United States rare coins.  Among the coins offered will be an 1880 Coiled Hair $4 Stella, Judd-1660, Pollock-1860, graded PCGS PR65, and a 1933 $10 Eagle, graded PCGS MS65.

All visitors can have their coins personally examined by PCGS Co-Founder and Collectors Universe President David Hall during Meet the Expert sessions at the Professional Coin Grading Service booth (#807) from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5, and from 11:00 am to Noon on Saturday, June 6.

PCGS will offer a $5 special for TrueView photography service for coins submitted at the show.

Youngsters can get free prizes during a treasure hunt and free, vintage collectible postage stamps on Saturday.

Club meetings and educational programs during the June Long Beach Expo include: Ancient Coin Club of Los Angeles; Christian Coin Dealers; Early American Coppers; Liberty Seated Collectors Club; Long Beach Coin Club; National Silver Dollar Roundtable; and Philippine Collectors Forum.  PCGS experts will conduct coin grading classes on Saturday; however, advance registration is required to attend (www.PCGS.com/store).

This 1933 Eagle, graded PCGS MS65, will be one of many highlights in the Heritage Auctions Signature Auction at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo. (Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions www.HA.com.)

This 1933 Eagle, graded PCGS MS65, will be one of many highlights in the Heritage Auctions Signature Auction at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo. (Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions www.HA.com.)

Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s will showcase selected, highly anticipated numismatic rarities from the Pogue Collection that will be offered at future auctions.

The Long Beach Expo will be held in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.

Show hours are Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5, from 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, June 6, from 10 am to 5 pm.  Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and children aged 8 to 16; however, free admission coupons are available in advance online.

“Simply go to our website, www.LongBeachExpo.com, click ‘Get Passes,’ and enter the special Promo Code, PRJUNE15.  Then print out the free admission coupon and present it at the show’s registration desk,” said East.

For additional information, including the schedule of events and a list of attending dealers, visit online at www.LongBeachExpo.com, call the Long Beach Expo at (888) 743-9316 or email at LBExpo@collectors.com.

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The Wrong Coins for the Right Reasons

February 13, 2015 in Blogs, Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

By: American Federal (American Federal Rare Coin and Bullion)

There’s one thing I find incredible. Most people I talk to have bought for the right reasons. They want to protect their hard earned cash and hopefully make a little money too.

Most investors lose money even when gold and silver go up. The reason is simple. They are sold the wrong coins.
You see, many dealers care more about their bottom line than your investment. They sell overpriced numismatic coins – many of them are very common coins. OR, they sell you Modern coins that are high grade and/or low mintage BUT at such high Full article at the source>

Source: American Federal Rare Coin and Bullion

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New PCGS Set Registry® Feature Finds Coins Instantly For Users

January 9, 2015 in Coin Dealers, Coin Grading, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, E-commerce, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, USA Coins

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January 9, 2015

News media contact:
Steve Sloan, (949) 567-1223

New PCGS Set Registry® Feature Finds Coins Instantly For Users

The new PCGS Shop Button feature in the PCGS Set Registry® lets you instantly find coins for sale, such as in this example, an 1885 Indian Head cent graded PCGS MS65 or higher.

The new PCGS Shop Button feature in the PCGS Set Registry® lets you instantly find coins for sale, such as in this example, an 1885 Indian Head cent graded PCGS MS65 or higher.

(Orlando, Florida) — A powerful, new search tool, found exclusively within the PCGS Set Registry® (www.PCGS.com/SetRegistry), saves collectors considerable time when shopping for coins online.

The new “PCGS Shop Button” conveniently finds and displays nearly every PCGS coin currently offered online, whether at auction or in a fixed-price ecommerce listing. The collector can then easily click through to the listing site to research the coin further, bid on the coin, or complete the transaction.

“Collecting is competitive, especially on the Set Registry, and searching every conceivable venue for the coin you need before someone else finds it can be time consuming and hit-or-miss.  The PCGS Shop Button is here to solve the ‘searching’ problem by simultaneously exploring nearly all listings for the coins you need,” explained PCGS President, Don Willis.

Willis announced the new feature at the PCGS Set Registry luncheon on Friday, January 9, 2015, at the Florida United Numismatists convention in Orlando, Florida.

“Directly from the interface of the PCGS Set Registry, this new service searches major ecommerce sites, like eBay, Amazon, and Collectors Corner, as well as top auction sites, and virtually every ecommerce coin dealer site, to return the right PCGS-graded coins back to you,” Willis added.

“The PCGS Shop Button is an incredible search tool,” said PCGS Set Registry Director BJ Searls, “because it not only allows Set Registry users to easily find coins directly from the ‘My Set’ page, but it also provides a number of ways to filter results.”

Search results returned by the PCGS Shop Button can be narrowed by any of these parameters:

  • Search all listings, auction only, or “buy it now” only
  • Filter by a particular seller
  • Search by a minimum and maximum grade
  • Search by a minimum and maximum price
  • Search by all strikes, mint state (MS) only, proof (PR) only or Specimen (SP) only

An additional time-saving feature of the PCGS Shop Button is the ability to add coins to a ‘Watch List’ in order to quickly access saved results over multiple sessions.

The PCGS Shop Button is a free service available to all members of the PCGS Set Registry, the hobby’s first online tool for organizing and analyzing your PCGS coin collection.  To start your free Set Registry account, and access the Shop Button, visit www.PCGS.com/SetRegistry.

The PCGS Set Registry was established in 2001 and now hosts over 72,000 sets.  For additional information about Professional Coin Grading Service, visit http://www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

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