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U.S. Mint Anchors Last Long Beach Expo of the Year

August 10, 2017 in Auctions, Clubs and Associations, Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, Fun, Gold, Gold Coins, Grading, History, Investing, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, US Mint, USA Coins, World Coins, Young Collectors

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August 9, 2017

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U.S. Mint Anchors Last Long Beach Expo of the Year

Ellis Island Coin: The U.S. Mint will be in attendance, displaying and selling their latest offerings, including the Ellis Island 2017 5 Ounce Silver Coin. Image via www.usmint.gov.

Ellis Island Coin: The U.S. Mint will be in attendance, displaying and selling their latest offerings, including the Ellis Island 2017 5 Ounce Silver Coin. Image via www.usmint.gov.

(Long Beach, California) – It’s time for the last Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp and Sports Collectible Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com) of the year, and as usual, the show is filled with fun for everyone. The three-day event will feature coin giveaways, the latest offerings and unveiling of a new 5 ounce silver coin from the United States Mint, and the display of two award-winning world coin sets.

Held September 7-9, 2017, the Long Beach Expo showcases collectibles from over 500 dealers, featuring everything from coins to cards.

“We’re thrilled to close out our Expo year with offerings from the U.S. Mint, which will be displaying and selling beautiful commemoratives, proof sets and more, including their brand-new 5 ounce coin, the Ellis Island 2017 5 Ounce Silver Coin, and the display of beautiful world coin sets brought to you by the PCGS Set Registry is sure to attract crowds. As always, we will host our coin giveaway, where a lucky attendee is chosen each day to win a gold coin, and PCGS will be offering on-site grading and exclusive show offers,” said Long Beach Expo President Cassi East.

Any attendee can enter to win a gold coin simply by registering online. Winners will be announced each day of the show at 1 p.m.

The official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo, Heritage Auctions, will host four Signature Auctions, featuring U.S. Coins, World Coins, U.S. Currency and World Currency, from Wednesday, September 6 through Saturday, September 9.  Attendees are encouraged to visit the Heritage Lot Viewing room (104-A), located upstairs in the lobby area, to see the actual coin and currency items that will be in the auctions.

The Mint returns to the Long Beach Expo (booth #1535) after showcasing their groundbreaking American Liberty 225th Anniversary gold coin earlier this year, and they will be displaying the 225th Anniversary Four-Medal set, featuring four medals from four different mints with four different finishes. The medal set has reverse proof, proof, an enhanced uncirculated and uncirculated medal. The Mint is also launching their latest coin, the Ellis Island 2017 5 Ounce Silver Coin, which is available for purchase starting September 7, the first day of the show. Visitors can purchase or simply view the Mint’s latest offerings.

Also on the coin side, PCGS (www.PCGS.com) will be in attendance (booth #807) and offering on-site grading, as well as accepting submissions of all service levels.  Additionally, the brand-new coin price magazine, Rare Coin Market Report, will be distributed free of charge by PCGS at booth #1.

The bi-monthly magazine features up-to-date coin price info on PCGS-graded coins and fun, educational articles written by numismatic experts, like PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth.

“The Long Beach Expo presents a great opportunity to research a coin in the RCMR, visit booths like the U.S. Mint, purchase a coin and then return to the PCGS booth for grading. You can literally experience, all in one venue, the pivotal steps of coin collecting,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

McVey Collection: Two award winning world coin sets will be on display at booth #1535

McVey Collection: Two award winning world coin sets will be on display at booth #1535

Two beautiful world coin sets will be on display at the Set Registry booth (#1148): the McVey Canadian dollar date set and the McVey Mexico Silver Peso date set.

The 28-coin McVey Canadian dollar date set, circulation strikes, spans from 1935 to 1967 and features the portraits of three British monarchs: George V, George VI and Elizabeth II.  While, the award-winning McVey Mexico Silver Peso set features 41 silver pesos with two reverse designs.

“We always love to showcase world coins when the opportunity arises. Both of these sets are quite the spectacle, and we encourage show attendees to visit our booth and see these sets in person,” said PCGS Set Registry Director BJ Searls.

PCGS Co-Founder David Hall will be conducting “Meet the Expert” sessions, which is an opportunity for the public to bring their coins to the show and have them examined by a numismatist with decades of experience. Sessions take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, and Friday, September 8, and from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 9.

A staple of the Long Beach Expo returns with the Kids Treasure Hunt. Children visiting the Expo can earn free coins by participating in the fun, which will take place on Saturday, September 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids can also participate in numismatic youth activities at booth #861, including America The Beautiful Quarter Trivia and a memory game involving world currency. Children have the opportunity to win quarters and currency during the fun.

The Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp and Sports Collectible Expo takes place Thursday, September 7, through Saturday, September 9. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Thursday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Long Beach Expo will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center, located at 100 South Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA.

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and children aged 8 to 16; however, free admission coupons are available in advance online.

Discounted tickets are available at  www.LongBeachExpo.com. Simply select ‘Get Passes,’ and enter the promo code: EXPOPR.

        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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Cracking Out Top-Tier Holders

March 12, 2016 in Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), Coins, Collecting, Education, Grading, News, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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

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Some believe that when a top-tier grading company such as PCGS, NGC, ANACS or ICG slabs a coin, it is the last word on the grade. However, after a numismatist gains sufficient expertise, he or she can spot an under-graded coin, or what is perceived to be one.

In this article we are discussing crack-outs, not crossovers, or resubmissions. NGC only considers crossovers from PCGS, a policy I have criticized repeatedly here, especially when the coins are slabbed by ANACS and ICG. If you want to learn about choosing candidates for crossover and resubmission, click here.

The crack-out… Full article at the source>

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

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Three More Distinguished Numismatists Added To PCGS CoinFacts™ Coin Dealer Hall of Fame

August 14, 2015 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Clubs and Associations, Coin Shows, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases

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Friday, August 14, 2015

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Three More Distinguished Numismatists Added
To PCGS CoinFacts™ Coin Dealer Hall of Fame

 

PCGS Co-Founder David Hall presented John Dannreuther with his plaque as an inductee into the PCGS CoinFacts Coni Dealer Hall of Fame at the World’s Fair of Money on August 14, 2015.  (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

PCGS Co-Founder David Hall presented John Dannreuther with his plaque as an inductee into the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame at the World’s Fair of Money on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

(Rosemont, Illinois) — The PCGS CoinFacts™ Coin Dealer Hall of Fame has inducted three more renowned members.  The dealers now added to the prestigious list are Édouard Frossard (1837 – 1899), Harry J. Forman (1924 – 2008) and John “JD” Dannreuther (born in 1948).

The induction ceremony was part of the PCGS Set Registry luncheon on August 14, 2015 during the American Numismatic Association Chicago World’s Fair of Money.

Frossard was a Swiss immigrant who taught French in New York City, conducted coin auctions and was editor of the controversial numismatic publication, Numisma.  Today his name is associated with works on U.S. Half Cents, Large Cents and Franco-American Jetons.

Foreman was a well-known Philadelphia dealer who was a market maker in the purchase and resale of bank-wrapped rolls of coins, 1000-coin bags of Morgan and Peace dollars and United States proof sets.  In 2001, he received the American Numismatic Association’s highest honor, the Farran Zerbe Award, for his many years of support of the organization and the hobby.

Dannreuther is an award-winning numismatic author and researcher who has attended virtually every major coin auction since the 1970s, taking copious notes for his ongoing research projects.  He is a top expert on U.S. proof coins, 1792 – 1964, and was a co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service in 1986.

Additional biographical information about Frossard, Foreman and Dannreuther and the 22 previous inductees in the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame can be found at

www.pcgs.com/pcgscoinfacts/coindealerhof.html.

“The Hall of Fame was created in 2010 to recognize outstanding dealers, past and present, who have made the most significant contributions to numismatics and who have handled great coins and great collections,” said Don Willis, President of Professional Coin Grading Service, a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

PCGS Co-Founder and Collectors Universe President David Hall explained: “The motto of the Hall of Fame is a quote by Sir Isaac Newton, ‘If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.’  We believe that is certainly true in our hobby and profession.”

A division of Professional Coin Grading Service, PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGSCoinFacts.com) is the Internet’s most comprehensive, one-stop source for historical U.S. numismatic information.

Since its founding in 1986, PCGS experts have certified over 30 million coins with a total market value of over $29 billion. PCGS represents the industry standard in third-party certification.

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PCGS Certifies “Amazing” Tom Reynolds Collection of Early Date U.S. Large Cents

August 6, 2015 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, Grading, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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August 6, 2015

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PCGS Certifies “Amazing” Tom Reynolds
Collection of Early Date U.S. Large Cents

The early date (1793 – 1814) United States large cents collection of well-known early American coppers collector and dealer, Tom Reynolds of Nebraska, has been certified for authenticity and grade by Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) with PCGS Secure™ Service.

One of the many highlights of the PCGS-certified Reynolds Collection is the finest known 1793 Lettered Edge Wreath Large Cent (S-11b), graded PCGS Secure MS62 BN.  (PCGS TrueViewSM image.)

One of the many highlights of the PCGS-certified Reynolds Collection is the finest known 1793 Lettered Edge Wreath Large Cent (S-11b), graded PCGS Secure MS62 BN. (PCGS TrueViewSM image.)

The collection includes the finest known 1793 Lettered Edge Wreath cent, Sheldon 11-b, and coins from famous old-time collections such as Brand, Low, Naftzger and Sheldon.

“This is an amazing collection of over 400 historic, high-quality coins from the early years of the Philadelphia Mint.  Mr. Reynolds started assembling this impressive collection back in 1966,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

“The Gold Shield PCGS Secure™ insert labels for these coins feature the “Reynolds Collection” and also indicate the coin’s corresponding Sheldon reference number denoting its specific variety.  Significant pedigrees, such as coins that previously were in the famous Naftzger Collection, are also noted on the insert labels,” explained Willis.

“It was my great pleasure to view and research the amazing cents in Tom’s collection,” said PCGS Co-Founder Gordon Wrubel who is Early American Coppers club member #19.

“I became aware of my fellow EACer in the late 1960s.  I have interacted with this mild mannered and very knowledgeable dealer over many years.  I knew he was putting some cents aside for his ‘collection.’  Over the years it was rumored that Tom was the ‘King of 1798s.’  When I saw the scope and quality of his set, I can say that his ‘crown’ extends to many other dates as well.”

Graded PCGS Secure MS66 RB, this 1810 Large Cent (S-285) from the Reynolds Collection is the finest known and the only red brown example graded by PCGS. (PCGS TrueViewSM image.)

Graded PCGS Secure MS66 RB, this 1810 Large Cent (S-285) from the Reynolds Collection is the finest known and the only red brown example graded by PCGS. (PCGS TrueViewSM image.)

Some of the coins will be displayed by Ira & Larry Goldberg Auctioneers at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois, August 11 – 15, 2015, and at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo, September 18 – 20.

All the Reynolds Collection early date large cents now certified by PCGS will be offered in a series of auctions conducted by the Goldbergs starting in January 2016.  They estimate the combined value of the collection at $10 million to $20 million.

“In reviewing Tom’s collection, I was impressed by the scope, depth, and quality of his coins.  I knew Tom had a collection apart from his business, but I was surprised to see how many jewels he had put away,” stated Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGSCoinFacts.com), the Internet Encyclopedia of U.S. Coins.

“This collection is loaded with Top Pops, Finest Knowns, plate coins from numerous references such as Penny Whimsy, the Breen Large Cent Encyclopedia, Noyes, and so on.  Some of the pedigrees represent an extensive trip in time through some of the greatest collections ever assembled.  The Large Cent Collectors are going to have a field day with this one,” predicted Guth.

Highlights of the recently certified coins include:

  • 1793 Letter Edge Wreath cent, S-11b, graded PCGS Secure MS62 BN, the finest known.  Previous owners include Col. James W. Ellsworth, Wayte Raymond, Dr. William H. Sheldon and R.E. “Ted” Naftzger.
  • 1794 Head of 1794 S-28, PCGS Secure MS66 BN.  It was found in a Pennsylvania hotel more than a century ago and became the plate coin for both Noyes and Walter Breen’s Large Cent Encyclopedia.  Previously in the collections of Lyman H. Low, Carl Wurtzbach, Virgil M. Brand, Harold Bareford, Herman Halpern, and Naftzger among others.
  • 1798 Second Hairstyle S-182, graded PCGS MS63 BN, discovered in 1954 and previously in the collections of Dorothy Paschal, Sheldon, and Naftzger among others.
  • 1798 Second Hairstyle S-186, graded PCGS Secure MS64 BN, the finest known.  This is the Penny Whimsy plate coin and the only Mint State example known.
  • 1801 S NC-1, graded PCGS MS 64 RB, the finest known and only Mint State example known. Pedigrees include the Essex Institute, Naftzger, Eric Steiner and Jay Parrino.
  • 1810 S-285, graded PCGS MS66 RB, the finest known and the only red brown example graded by PCGS.

All coins certified through PCGS Secure Service now include a free PCGS TrueViewSM high-resolution digital photograph of the coin.

Professional Coin Grading Service was founded in 1986 by distinguished numismatic experts, and now has offices in California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris. PCGS experts have certified over 30 million coins with a total market value of over 29 billion dollars. PCGS represents the industry standard in third-party certification, and is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

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

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PCGS Grading and counterfeit detection seminars at September 2015 Long Beach Expo

August 5, 2015 in Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Events, Fake Coins, News, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Seminars, USA Coins, World Coins

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August 5, 2015

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PCGS GRADING AND COUNTERFEIT DETECTION
SEMINARS AT SEPTEMBER 2015 LONG BEACH EXPO

 

Collectors will have the opportunity to learn from the experts at two Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) coin grading and counterfeit detection seminars during the upcoming September 2015 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com).

Michael Sherman will teach Grading 102 at the September 2015 Long Beach Expo.

Michael Sherman will teach Grading 102 at the September 2015 Long Beach Expo.

PCGS will offer two separate seminars 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.

“Space for the PCGS Collector Education Program seminars is limited and anyone interested in attending is encouraged to make a reservation as soon as possible,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

The cost for each four-hour seminar is $149 for PCGS Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond level Collector’s Club members, and $199 for non-members.  Lunch is included for the seminar attendees.

Attendance for Grading 102 and 103 will be limited to 30 people for each class.  Advance reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis.  To register, visit the PCGS Online store at www.PCGS.com/store.

“Grading 102 topics will cover ‘qualifiers,’ including color on copper coins, the strike on silver and nickel coins, and proof-like and cameo surfaces,” explained Sherman.  “Grading proof coins also will be discussed along with ultra-high grade modern coins and difficult to grade series, such as U.S. Indian gold coins.”

The Grading 103 seminar will examine the interesting world of ‘No Grades,’ coins that for some reason either cannot receive a regular grade but can still be placed in a PCGS holder, or coins that cannot be encapsulated by PCGS.

Grading 103 will be taught by Mike Faraone at the September 2015 Long Beach Expo.

Grading 103 will be taught by Mike Faraone at the September 2015 Long Beach Expo.

“Each of the dozen or so reasons for a possible ‘No Grade’ evaluation will be covered in detail with numerous photographic enlargements and actual examples of coins,” said Faraone.  “The second part of this seminar will cover counterfeit detection, including struck and cast counterfeits, and alterations to genuine coins, such as an added mintmark or changed date.”

The Long Beach Expo will be conducted Thursday through Saturday, September 17 – 19, 2015, in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.  For additional information about the show, visit www.LongBeachExpo.com.

For additional information about the grading and counterfeit detection seminars, contact PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848 or by email at info@PCGS.com.

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Judge Awards Coin Fraud Victim’s Estate Nearly $1.9 Million Under Federal Racketeer Laws

July 22, 2015 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Counterfeit, Fake Coins, Grading, Investing, Legal, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, US Government

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July 22, 2015

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Paul Montgomery, (405) 254-6877
Lyn Stevens, (800) 896-3452

Judge Awards Coin Fraud Victim’s Estate
Nearly $1.9 Million Under Federal Racketeer Laws

 

(Corpus Christi, Texas) – A Federal Court Judge in Texas has issued her final ruling that a coin fraud victim’s estate should receive nearly $1.9 million from a Long Island coin dealer and his grading company under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO).  The estate was assisted in its three-year recovery efforts by former Professional Numismatists Guild President Paul Montgomery, President of Paul Montgomery and Associates in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (www.paulmontgomeryonline.com).

Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of the United States District Court of Southern Texas, Corpus Christi Division, issued her final judgment on July 21, 2015.

Last November, Judge Ramos held a bench trial in the case.  On May 20, 2015 she issued a 30-page Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in which she ruled that PCA Collectibles, Inc. of North Lindenhurst, New York, and PCI Coin Grading company misled Corpus Christi stockbroker Bonnie Pereida “into buying coins that were counterfeit, damaged or worth only a fraction of what they were represented to be.”

Judge Ramos also stated in May: “The Court concludes that there is clear and convincing evidence of the fraud perpetuated by PCI and PCA against Pereida.”

In her final judgment, the judge now has ordered that the estate can recover $1,892,324 from Anthony Delluniversita, majority owner of PCA and the owner of PCI coin grading company at the time the coins were graded and sold to Pereida.  Of that total, $1,610,802 is for damages, $280,190 for attorney’s fees and another $1,332 for costs of the lawsuit.

Montgomery stated: “I’ve been involved in hundreds of these kinds of cases, and this is the first one that resulted in a federal court victory.  Usually, the sellers resolve the buyers’ complaints to avoid a trial in court by eventually making a refund of all or at least a portion of what the customers paid.  It takes time, but there are remedies against nefarious dealers, and I’m delighted for Dr. Malvino about the judge’s decision in this case.”

According to court documents, from January through May of 2011, Pereida made 31 separate purchases of rare coins from PCA.  She bought 135 coins and paid a total of $727,569 to PCA for them.  The coins were graded by PCI, and the sole owner of PCI at the time was defendant Delluniversita who also was the dominant shareholder of PCA Collectibles.

Pereida’s fiancé  Albert P. Malvino, Ph.D., testified, “We bought these (coins) for our retirement…and we thought…we’re getting a good deal…..”

When Pereida died in October 2011, Dr. Malvino was appointed executor of her estate and had the coins appraised.

Heritage Auctions through its Heritage Appraisal Services estimated the auction value at $190,865 at the time the coins were examined, less than 27 percent of the amount paid by Pereida.  Montgomery then was retained by Dr. Malvino to assess the grade and value of the coins, and he concluded the reasonable retail value of the coins at the time they were purchased by Pereida was $150,964, about 20 percent of what Pereida paid.

Montgomery also requested Professional Coin Grading Service to do an independent appraisal of the grades, and, according to the Judge’s ruling, “PCGS’s findings were consistent with those of Montgomery.”

Heritage, Montgomery and PCGS identified one coin as a counterfeit, a 1914-D Indian $2.50 graded by PCI as MS64.

They also identified 25 other coins that could not be graded because they were either cleaned or damaged.  These included a 1907 Saint-Gaudens Roman Numerals High Relief Double Eagle graded by PCI as MS65 and sold for $19,500.  Heritage estimated the auction value at $6,000, Montgomery valued the coin at retail as $4,500 and both Heritage and Montgomery agreed with PCGS that the coin had been cleaned.

An 1892-CC Liberty Double Eagle, sold by PCA to Pereida for $12,500 and graded by PCI as MS62, was valued by Heritage at $2,600 and only AU, valued by Montgomery at $700 because it was damaged and given also given no grade by PCGS because of an noticeable scratch on the coin.

During the trial in November 2014, Montgomery showed the judge coins graded by PCI as Mint State, that were in his opinion, only About Uncirculated.

“She quickly understood the concept of grades and its relationship to coin values.  I told her: ‘Your Honor, now you’re a coin grader,’” recalled Montgomery.

“When you’re buying or selling coins, there’s an important lesson for the public to remember.  If you don’t know rare coins, you’d better know your rare coin dealer.  Members of the Professional Numismatists Guild must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.  The dealer who sold coins to Ms. Pereida was not a PNG member,” said Montgomery who served as PNG President from 2009 – 2011.

Dr. Malvino was represented by attorney R. Lyn Stevens of Stevens Baldo Freeman & Lighty in Beaumont, Texas (www.sbf-law.com and www.CoinFraud.com).

The case is Albert Malvino v. PCA Collectibles, Inc., Civil Action No. 2:12-CV-401, in the U.S. District Court of Southern District of Texas Corpus Christi Division.

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Popular PCGS “Periodic Table” Posters Now Are Also Available On Amazon.com

July 16, 2015 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, Fun, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Photography, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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July 16, 2015

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Popular PCGS “Periodic Table” Posters
Now Are Also Available On Amazon.com

 

The popular PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table of U.S. Coins posters are now also available on Amazon.com

The popular PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table of U.S. Coins posters are now also available on Amazon.com

If you can’t attend one of the upcoming major shows in Baltimore, Chicago, or Long Beach, you still have an opportunity to obtain one of the popular, new “PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table of United States Coins” posters.

“We’ve had many requests from across the country for these fascinating posters.  While supplies last, we’re giving them free to visitors to the PCGS booths at several coin shows, and they also are now available for purchase by anyone on Amazon.com,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

The posters can be ordered for $19.99 each at http://amzn.to/1O80vjl.  Free shipping is available for Amazon Prime members and free shipping is available for all orders over $35.

The 24 by 36 inches poster resembles a typical scientific arrangement of chemical elements, but in this case the “elements” are superb quality images of U.S. coins from the PCGS TrueView™ photo archive.

“It’s an educational and fun poster that illustrates major U.S. coin denominations issued for circulation from 1793 to date,” said Willis.

PCGS Co-Founder and Collectors Universe President David Hall stated: “I encourage all dealers to show this to their clients, and all parents to share this with their children. I’m amazed at the work that went into creating this great representation of United States coinage. I believe this is one of the best things we’ve ever done.”

The posters provide important information about the coins depicted.

“The coins are categorized by type.  There is information about their years in circulation, where they were struck, metallic content, weight, diameter and whether the edges are plain, reeded, lettered or decorated.  There’s also information about designers and engravers,” explained Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGScoinfacts.com), the Internet’s ultimate, single source of information on U.S. coins.

The posters will be distributed free while supplies last at these shows:

For more information on all PCGS attended shows, visit www.PCGS.com/shows.

Professional Coin Grading Service was founded in 1986 by distinguished numismatic experts, and now has offices in California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris.  PCGS experts have certified over 30 million coins with a total market value of over 29 billion dollars. PCGS represents the industry standard in third-party certification, and is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

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

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PCGS Hosts Superb Simpson Half Dollar And Stella Patterns At World’s Fair of Money

July 13, 2015 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Half Dollars, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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July 13, 2015

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PCGS Hosts Superb Simpson Half Dollar
And Stella Patterns At World’s Fair of Money

 

Two superb sets from The Bob Simpson U.S. Pattern Collection, the Morgan half dollar patterns of 1877 and $4 Stellas in all metals, will be displayed at the Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) booth during the American Numismatic Association Chicago World’s Fair of Money (www.worldsfairofmoney.com), August 11 – 15,  2015.

These two sets are ranked as both the current and all-time finest of their kind in the PCGS Set Registry®, and this will be the first time they will be publicly exhibited.  The coins will be displayed courtesy of collector Bob Simpson of Texas and Legend Numismatics of New Jersey.

While supplies last, visitors to the PCGS booth (#601) can receive a free, illustrated educational brochure about these two historic sets.

Among the outstanding Simpson Collection pattern coins on display at the PCGS booth during the 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money will be this 1880 Flowing Hair $4 “Stella” (J-1657), graded PCGS PR67 Cameo.

Among the outstanding Simpson Collection pattern coins on display at the PCGS booth during the 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money will be this 1880 Flowing Hair $4 “Stella” (J-1657), graded PCGS PR67 Cameo.

“Bob Simpson has amassed what is probably the most extensive collection of U.S. patterns ever assembled.  Out of a total of 1,176 patterns he has listed in the PCGS Set Registry, 779 are ‘Top Pop’ and 641 coins are the single finest specimens graded.  PCGS is pleased to share with the public a small portion of Mr. Simpson’s extraordinary collection at the upcoming ANA convention,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

“The U.S. 1877 Morgan Half Dollar Patterns set is 90 percent complete with 18 of the 20 coins required for a complete set.  It has a weighted grade point average of 68.71,” explained BJ Searls, Director of the PCGS Set Registry (www.PCGS.com/setregistry).

“Mr. Simpson’s 1879 – 1880 U.S. Patterns $4 Stellas All Metals set includes an amazing 13 of the 15 required coins; a level of completion that is unprecedented. The weighted grade point average is 68.5, and 9 of the 13 coins are Top Pops,” added Searls.

The original creation of the pattern half dollars and $4 denomination coins is interesting for numismatists.  In 1877, United States Mint Engraver George T. Morgan began testing new designs for half dollars with the intention of eventually using them on silver dollars beginning in 1878. Today, Morgan dollars are among the most popular of all United States coins.

The 1877 pattern half dollar (J-1512), graded PCGS PR66+ Deep Cameo, will be among the Simpson Collection pattern coins on display at the PCGS booth during the 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money.

The 1877 pattern half dollar (J-1512), graded PCGS PR66+ Deep Cameo, will be among the Simpson Collection pattern coins on display at the PCGS booth during the 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money.

“This explains why his 1877 Half Dollar Patterns look so familiar to us today.  The head he used on the 1877 coins is a miniature version of what eventually appeared with modifications on nearly half a billion silver dollars from 1878 to 1921,” said Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGScoinfacts.com), the internet’s most comprehensive source of information about U.S. coins.

“The real beauty of this series, however, comes from the fabulous reverse designs, all of which revealed this engraver’s incredible talent,” Guth stated.

Simpson commented: “1877 pattern half dollars are some of the most beautiful coins ever made. In my opinion, they are the ultimate design and size for the Morgan head.  My goal is to own an example of every 1877 pattern Morgan half minted.”

Highlights of Simpson’s Morgan 1877 Half Dollar Patterns collection include Judd-1511 graded PCGS PR66 Red and Brown; J-1512, PCGS PR66+ Deep Cameo; and J-1516, PCGS PR 66 Deep Cameo.

The Stella, a $4 denomination gold coin co-designed by Morgan and Charles E. Barber, was originally intended for use in international trade.  Before the plans were abandoned, a small number were experimentally struck in 1879 and 1880 with two different Flowing Hair and Coiled Hair obverse designs.  A few patterns also were struck in copper, white metal and aluminum.

“Save for the Amazonians, there is no other pattern series as captivating as the Stellas.  To have them in all metals is spectacular.  The Mint truly created a special coinage for the time,” Simpson stated.

Highlights in the Simpson Stella collection include 1879 Flowing Hair J-1635, PCGS PR65 Cameo; 1879 Coiled Hair J-1638, PCGS PR66+ Cameo; and 1880 Flowing Hair J-1657, PCGS PR67 Cameo.

Professional Coin Grading Service was founded in 1986 by distinguished numismatic experts, and now has offices in California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris.  PCGS experts have certified over 30 million coins with a total market value of over 29 billion dollars. PCGS represents the industry standard in third-party certification, and is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

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

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PCGS TrueView SM Photos Now Free With PCGS Secure™ Service

July 1, 2015 in Coins, Collecting, Grading, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases

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PCGS TrueView SM Photos Now
Free With PCGS Secure™ Service

 

PCGS TrueView Secure MS65+ 1796 25c

PCGS TrueView Secure MS65+ 1796 25c

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) now is providing its acclaimed TrueView SM high-resolution digital photography at no additional cost for all coins submitted for PCGS Secure™ Service.

“You now can have free, professional photography for all your PCGS Secure certified coins.  These are high-resolution, museum-quality images that you can share with your friends and fellow collectors,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

With PCGS Secure, each coin is laser scanned and an image is made using the industry-leading TrueView photography process.  The image is then registered into the PCGS Secure database.  Through this process, the system digitally captures the unique “fingerprints” of both sides of the coin.

“This process allows your coin to be identified in the future should it be lost or stolen and then resubmitted to PCGS. Plus, with TrueView, you receive beautiful high resolution photography to showcase your collection,” said Willis.

Professional Coin Grading Service was founded in 1986 by distinguished numismatic experts, and now has offices in California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris.  PCGS experts have certified over 30 million coins with a total market value of over 29 billion dollars. PCGS represents the industry standard in third-party certification, and is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

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

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Passionate Collecting

June 22, 2015 in Cents, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, News, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), USA Coins, World Coins

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

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My introduction to numismatics began the “All-American” way in the mid 1970’s. A family friend gave me a Whitman folder for Lincoln Cents 1941 to date. Like millions of other kids before and since, I began to fill the holes in my album. In the 1970’s, finding most of the Lincoln cents for my budding collection was relatively easy. Every Friday after receiving my allowance, I would head to the bank for $5 worth of penny rolls. I repeated this process for months until my collection of 1941 to date Lincoln Cents was complete. Unfortunately, I lived in Florida, and… Full article at the source>

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PCGS Giving Away Impressive “Periodic Table Of U.S. Coins” Posters At Four Shows

June 18, 2015 in Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, USA Coins

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PCGS Giving Away Impressive “Periodic Table Of U.S. Coins” Posters At Four Shows

 

The “science” of numismatics now has a new meaning.

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) has created the PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table of United States Coins, an educational and fun poster that illustrates major U.S. coin denominations issued for circulation from 1793 to date.  PCGS will give away copies at four upcoming coin shows while supplies last.

A close up showing a small portion of the PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table poster. Photo by Professional Coin Grading Service

A close up showing a small portion of the PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table poster.
Photo by Professional Coin Grading Service

The 24 by 36 inches poster resembles a typical scientific arrangement of chemical elements, but in this case the “elements” are superb quality images of U.S. coins from the PCGS TrueView™ photo archive.

“The coins are categorized by type.  There is information about their years in circulation, where they were struck, metallic content, weight, diameter and whether the edges are plain, reeded, lettered or decorated.  There’s also information about designers and engravers,” explained Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGScoinfacts.com), the Internet’s most comprehensive source of information about United States coins.

The poster made a successful public debut at the recent June 2015 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo.

Guth said a coin-collecting professional chemist at the Long Beach show good naturedly pointed to the chart and asked: “Which ones are the radioactive coins?”

PCGS Director of Education Michael Sherman and PCGS Graphic Designer Ben Arboleda created and developed the periodic table of coins for the enjoyment and continuing education for collectors and dealers.

“Response to the posters at Long Beach was excellent, and now we plan to give away posters at the PCGS booths during the July and November Whitman Baltimore Expo shows, the ANA convention in Chicago in August and the September Long Beach Expo.  They will be limited to one per visitor while supplies last,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

“This is another great reason to come visit the PCGS team at major shows across the calendar and across country,” Willis emphasized.

The PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table posters made their public debut at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.  From left to right: PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth, PCGS President Don Willis, PCGS Director of Education Michael Sherman and Collectors Universe President and PCGS Co-Founder David Hall.   Photo by Donn Pearlman.

The PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table posters made their public debut at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo. From left to right: PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth, PCGS President Don Willis, PCGS Director of Education Michael Sherman and Collectors Universe President and PCGS Co-Founder David Hall.
Photo by Donn Pearlman.

The dates of the four shows are:

For more information on all PCGS attended shows, please visit www.PCGS.com/shows.

Professional Coin Grading Service was founded in 1986 by distinguished numismatic experts, and now has offices in California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris.  PCGS experts have certified over 30 million coins with a total market value of over 29 billion dollars. PCGS represents the industry standard in third-party certification, and is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

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

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View Magnificent Pogue Coins In Online PCGS Digital Albums

May 22, 2015 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Dollar Coins, Education, Half Dollars, New Releases, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Quarters, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

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View Magnificent Pogue Coins In Online PCGS Digital Albums

See high-quality images of many superb coins in the Pogue I and Pogue II auctions online in PCGS Digital Coin Albums.  (Photo image by PCGS.)

See high-quality images of many superb coins in the Pogue I and Pogue II auctions online in PCGS Digital Coin Albums. (Photo image by PCGS.)

Every collector can now admire the PCGS-certified coins in the first and the upcoming second auction of magnificent rarities in the fabulous D. Brent Pogue Collection.

All the complete sets of the Pogue Collection that were in the May 19, 2015 auction conducted jointly by Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s are listed in the PCGS Set Registry© and are displayed online in PCGS Digital Coin Albums.  There also are albums for the complete sets that will be offered in the Pogue II auction on September 30.

“The PCGS Digital Coin Album is a way for collectors to display and share their coin sets online in a beautiful format resembling a traditional coin album. The feature is free and easy to use as part of the PCGS Set Registry,” said BJ Searls, Set Registry & Special Projects Director at Collectors Universe, Inc.

“There are now 14 albums of Pogue Collection coins online.  As the auctions proceed over the next two years, we plan to have the entire collection handsomely displayed so they can be viewed by anyone, anytime,” added Searls.

The Pogue coin sets now online are:

Early Half Dimes Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1792-1837)

Capped Bust Half Dimes Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1829-1837)

Draped Bust Dimes Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1796-1807)

Early Quarters Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1796-1838)

Draped Bust Quarters Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1796-1807)

Draped Bust Quarters with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1796-1807)

Capped Bust Quarters Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1815-1838)

Capped Bust Quarters (Large Size) Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1815-1828)

Capped Bust Quarters (Reduced Size) Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1831-1838)

Flowing Hair and Draped Bust Half Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1794-1807)

Capped Bust Half Dollars Basic Set without Reeded Edges, Circulation Strikes (1807-1836)

Draped Bust $2-1/2 Gold Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1796-1807)

Draped Bust $5 Gold Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1795-1807)

Early $10 Gold Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1795-1804)

Anyone with coins listed in the PCGS Set Registry can create their own customized digital coin album.

“Simply log into My Set Registry, visit one of your sets, and build the album with the images you have added to your set,” explained Searls.

You can choose from one of six different color palettes for each album and you can add your own set description to the inside cover. Once you “publish” your album online, it is linked from your set in the Registry and can be downloaded and printed as a PDF file. The PCGS Set Registry (www.PCGS.com/SetRegistry) was established in 2001 and now hosts more than 74,000 sets. For additional information about PCGS and its services and the PCGS Digital Coin Album, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

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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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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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PCGS Confirms Major New 1798 Dollar Variety

April 1, 2015 in Antique Coins, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Dollar Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

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PCGS Confirms Major New 1798 Dollar Variety

This 1798 Draped Bust dollar discovery coin has been certified by PCGS with a previously unconfirmed die marriage now known as 1798 B-34, BB-126.  (Photo courtesy of PCGS.)

This 1798 Draped Bust dollar discovery coin has been certified by PCGS with a previously unconfirmed die marriage now known as 1798 B-34, BB-126. (Photo courtesy of PCGS.)

There’s been a big discovery in early American numismatics.  Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) has authenticated a long speculated but never before confirmed new obverse and reverse die combination on a 1798 Draped Bust silver dollar.  This new die marriage was struck from known obverse and reverse dies, but this is first known example with this combination.

“The obverse die used for striking this coin is the one used for 1798 B-13, BB-108 and for 1798 B-10, BB-109.  The Heraldic Eagle design reverse is the die used for 1798 B-18, BB-103 and 1798 B-22, BB-104.  This discovery coin is confirmation of a new die marriage,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

“It is always exciting when major new discoveries are made.  There may still  be many great things yet to be found and enjoyed in numismatics,” added Willis.

The new die marriage has been referenced as 1798 B-34, BB-126.

PCGS attributes early U.S. dollars, 1794 to 1804, by both Bolender (B) and Bowers-Borckardt (BB) reference numbers.

In 1950, Milford H. Bolender published The United States Early Silver Dollars from 1794 to 1803, a reference book based on his own specialized collection of Bust dollars. The book was revised by Jules Reiver in 1998.

A second, widely used reference book, Silver Dollars & Trade Dollars of the United States: A Complete Encyclopedia, Vol. One, was authored in 1993 by Q. David Bowers and Mark Borckardt.  Borckardt, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger at Heritage Auctions, assisted PCGS with the attribution of the discovery coin, and believes it was struck during the early die state of both dies.

The coin now has been certified as PCGS Cleaned With V(ery) F(ine) Details.  It immediately attracted attention in the grading room at PCGS headquarters in Orange County, California.

“Some in the grading room were fascinated!  It is not every day something new is discovered in U.S. numismatics, and there was a bit of a buzz,” recalled Steven Poliquin, PCGS Grader/Variety Attributor.  “It is a good feeling to be a part of something that is new and exciting.  I hope this coin fits well into someone’s collection.”

PCGS CoinFacts™ President Ron Guth declared: “It’s a great discovery!”

There was speculation for decades that this die combination might exist, and now that conjecture has become fact.

Colorado collector and early American dollars researcher W. David Perkins, who also assisted PCGS with the coin’s attribution, stated:  “It is somewhat important to note that the strike on the reverse of this new 1798 B-34, BB-126 die marriage is very similar to the strike on the 1798 B-18, BB-103.  There are only six specimens of the extremely rare B-18, BB-103 die marriage known to me.  All six are in lower grades, and have a similar strike and look.  All are in lower grades with the finest known graded PCGS F15.”

Perkins added:  “As the obverse (for 1798 B10, BB-109) was used later to coin more 1798 BB-18s, one wonders what happened to this reverse die.  Why was its use interrupted?  Perhaps, somewhere ‘out there’ is a BB-109 exhibiting a sudden, massive reverse die failure.”

“Although we don’t have a new die state showing massive die failure for 1798 B-10, BB-109 die marriage, as was anticipated, we now know that this reverse die was used at least one other time, in striking the new 1798 B-24, BB-126 die marriage,” said Perkins.

For additional information about PCGS and its services, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

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New PCGS Digital Coin Album Lets You Proudly Display Your Sets Anytime, Anywhere

January 29, 2015 in Clubs and Associations, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Conventions, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Software

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New PCGS Digital Coin Album Lets You Proudly Display Your Sets Anytime, Anywhere

An example of a PCGS Digital Coin Album cover.  (Photo credit: PCGS.)

An example of a PCGS Digital Coin Album cover. (Photo credit: PCGS.)

Now you can see and even show your PCGS Set Registry® coins handsomely displayed in a customized album anytime, 24 hours a day, even if your prized coins are stored in a far-away bank vault or elsewhere.

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) has created the PCGS Digital Coin Album, a way for collectors to display and share their coin sets online in a beautiful format resembling a traditional coin album.  The new feature is free and easy to use.

“The PCGS Set Registry would not be possible without internet technology, and now we’ve used technology to take what we feel is the next giant step for PCGS Set Registry efficiency, fun, and enjoyment,” said BJ Searls, PCGS Set Registry and Special Projects Director.

“We’ve developed a way for you to create an elegant coin album which you can enjoy yourself or share with your friends anytime. You simply login to My Set Registry, visit one of your sets, and build the album with the images you have added to your set,” explained Searls.

You can choose from one of six different color palettes for each album and you can add your own set description to the cover.  Once you “publish” your album online, it is linked from your set in the Registry and can be downloaded and printed as a PDF file.  You can admire it anytime, anywhere online, and you can share it with other collectors on the PCGS Set Registry website and through other social media.

The easy to use online control panel lets you quickly create and customize your own PCGS Digital Coin Album using photos of your coins in the PCGS Set Registry®.  (Photo credit: PCGS.)

The easy to use online control panel lets you quickly create and customize your own PCGS Digital Coin Album using photos of your coins in the PCGS Set Registry®. (Photo credit: PCGS.)

Your PCGS Set Registry® coins can have a handsome, customized online showcase using the new, free PCGS Digital Coin Album feature.  (Photo credit: PCGS.)

Your PCGS Set Registry® coins can have a handsome, customized online showcase using the new, free PCGS Digital Coin Album feature. (Photo credit: PCGS.)

Searls and PCGS Co-Founder David Hall will present a brief seminar about the new PCGS Digital Coin Album feature at 2 pm on Friday, January 30, 2015, at the upcoming Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com).

“This new digital approach combines the way we all used to collect with albums to house and display our coins with the technology of today.  This dramatically changes the way you can enjoy and display your sets.  In fact, your kids might even like it!,” said Searls.

The PCGS Set Registry (www.pcgs.com/setregistry) was established in 2001 and now hosts nearly 73,000 sets.  For additional information about PCGS and its services and the new PCGS Digital Coin Album, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

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PCGS Certifies Eagerly-Anticipated Pogue Collection

January 14, 2015 in Antique Coins, Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Dollar Coins, Events, Half Dollars, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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January 14, 2015 (Updated 01/20/2015)

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PCGS Certifies Eagerly-Anticipated Pogue Collection

 

This 1806 over 5 Draped Bust quarter dollar, PCGS MS-66, is one of the highlights of the D. Brent Pogue Collection coins that will be displayed at the January 2015 Long Beach Expo.  (Photo credit: PCGS.)

This 1806 over 5 Draped Bust quarter dollar, PCGS MS-66, is one of the highlights of the D. Brent Pogue Collection coins that will be displayed at the January 2015 Long Beach Expo. (Photo credit: PCGS.)

(Santa Ana, California) — Professional Coin Grading Service (www.pcgs.com) has graded the coins from the D. Brent Pogue Collection that will be offered in May in the first of a series of auctions jointly conducted by Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s.  The collection has been described as the most valuable collection of federal American coins in private hands.

 The holders of each PCGS-certified coin features special gold insert labeling to indicate the D. Brent Pogue Collection pedigree.  A total of 128 coins from the May auction, along with additional key rarities from the collection, will be displayed at the January 29 – 31, 2015 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo at the Stack’s Bowers booth, #502.

 “Many of the coins that will be offered in the first auction in May are either the finest known or tied for finest known in the PCGS Population ReportSM,” said Don Willis, President of PCGS.  “Everyone on the PCGS certification team who examined the coins was impressed by the splendid quality of so many important, historic United States coins.”

 “This collection emphasizes superb quality United States coins of the early years, 1792 to the late 1830s, that were carefully acquired over several decades by Mr. Pogue with the support of his family in Dallas, Texas,” explained Christine Karstedt, Executive Vice President of Stack’s Bowers.

Among the many highlights of Pogue Collection coins now certified by PCGS and scheduled for display at the January 2015 Long Beach Expo are:

  • 1794 Flowing Hair Half Dime. LM-3. Rarity-7+ (as a Specimen striking), PCGS Specimen-67
  • 1797 Draped Bust Dime JR-1. 16 Stars, PCGS MS-66 – tied for finest known.
  • 1797 Draped Bust Dime JR-2. 13 Stars, PCGS MS-64 – tied for finest known.
  • 1806/5 Draped Bust Quarter B-1, PCGS MS-66 – finest known (Pop 1/0)
  • 1822 Capped Bust Quarter B-1, PCGS PR-67 – finest known (Pop 1/0)
  • 1794 Flowing Hair Half Dollar O-101a, PCGS MS-64 – finest by 3 points (Pop 3/0)
  • 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar O-117. Two Leaves, PCGS MS-65 – tied for finest known (Pop 2/0)
  • 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar O-126a. Small Head, Two Leaves, PCGS MS-62 – finest known by 3 points (Pop 1/0)

 “PCGS is pleased to have been selected by Stack’s Bowers Galleries and the Pogue family to certify this historic collection.  The D. Brent Pogue Collection will be remembered as one of the finest collections of early American coins ever offered.  It’s a thrill for us to see so many great rarities in one collection,” said Willis.

About PCGS:

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.pcgs.com) represents the industry standard in third-party certification.  Founded in 1986, PCGS experts have examined, authenticated and graded more than 29 million coins with a combined total value of $29 billion.

 About Stack’s Bowers:

Stack’s Bowers Galleries (www.stacksbowers.com) is well known for conducting live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels.

 About Sotheby’s:

Sotheby’s (www.sothebys.com) has ten auction salesrooms around the world and has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744.

 For additional information about Professional Coin Grading Service, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

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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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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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PCGS Advises How To Save Money On Restoring Your Coins

September 16, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Restoration

For immediate release
September 15, 2014

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

PCGS Advises How To Save Money On Restoring Your Coins

1928 Hawaiian Sesquicentennial 50c

1928 Hawaiian Sesquicentennial 50c Before and After Restoration

Professional Coin Grading Service has updated its experts’ tips about what kinds of unattractively-toned, environmentally-damaged and other “problem” coins can be restored, and has reduced the evaluation fee for submitted coins that subsequently do not qualify for PCGS Restoration service (www.PCGS.com/restoration).

“If your coins suffer from some types of problem that detract from their natural beauty, PCGS Restoration may be able to help,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

“Improper storage, accidental exposure to caustic elements or even the deliberate addition of foreign substances can detract from an otherwise beautiful coin.  These problems often can be addressed by the skillful application of various non-invasive and industry-accepted techniques.  Returning coins to their natural, original condition is the purpose of the PCGS Restoration service,” explained Willis.

PCGS Restoration will remove contaminants that are determined to have been deliberately and artificially applied, including putty, grease and other substances used by “coin doctors.”  Restoration also will remove contaminants on the coin’s surface caused by improper care or storage, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or verdigris.  Recent fingerprints also can be removed.

1971 Eisenhower dollar

1971 Eisenhower dollar Before and After Restoration

“Restoration certainly works in many cases and can produce wonderful results on many coins.  However, not all coins can be restored, so PCGS Restoration now has reduced its $25 examination fee to only $10 for submitted coins that are evaluated but do not qualify for restoration,” Willis announced.

PCGS has updated its concise, helpful web page of tips to help collectors and dealers determine what coins are right for PCGS Restoration service: www.PCGS.com/restoration.  To save time and money, collectors and dealers are encouraged to carefully read the information before submitting coins.

There also now is a link on that web page to a brief, introductory video about PCGS Restoration.

All coins restored through the PCGS Restoration service will be graded by PCGS.  Once graded by PCGS they will be covered by the PCGS Guarantee of Authenticity and Grade.

“When done properly, professional restoration can enhance the appearance and value of many coins,” said Willis.

Since its founding in 1986, Professional Coin Grading Service has authenticated, graded and certified over 29 million coins with a combined value of $29 billion.  For additional information, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

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All Star Line Up For Autographed PCGS Baseball HOF Coin Inserts

September 2, 2014 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

For immediate release September 2, 2014
News media contact: Steve Sloan, (949) 567-1223

All Star Line Up For Autographed

PCGS Baseball HOF Coin Inserts

An example of a Hank Aaron autographed insert on a PCGS-certified 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative silver dollar.

An example of a Hank Aaron autographed insert on a PCGS-certified 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative silver dollar.

As the race to the playoffs and World Series attracts attention, many baseball fans are also excited about an increasingly popular way to collect Hall of Fame players’ autographs.  Thirty-one players enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum now have signed insert labels for PCGS-certified 2014 Hall of Fame gold, silver and clad commemorative coins. The autograph line up also includes a dozen other all-star major league players as well as Olympic softball gold medal winner Jenny Finch and artist Cassie McFarland who designed the curved baseball glove obverse of the Hall of Fame coins. “The Hall of Fame coins have been extremely popular with both coin and sports memorabilia collectors.  Combining PCGS certification of the coins with authentic signatures of Hall of Fame players’ autographs on the inserts is a great way to enjoy both hobbies.  So, we’ve been adding more former stars of the game to the autograph line up,” said “Miles” Michael Standish, PCGS Vice President. Standish attended the 75th anniversary Hall of Fame induction ceremonies weekend in Cooperstown, New York, July 25 – 28, 2014.  Three of this year’s inductees are now among the players who have signed PCGS inserts. All the autographs are signed in the presence of a PCGS representative.  The HOF players participating in the PCGS “autographed coin” program are: Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Jim Bunning, Lou Brock, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Carlton Fisk, Bob Gibson, Tom Glavine, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Al Kaline, Tony LaRussa, Tommy Lasorda, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Pérez, Gaylord Perry, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Frank Thomas, Dave Winfield, Robin Yount.

Baseball Hall of Fame 2008 inductee Rich "Goose" Gossage signed autographs for PCGS during the 2014 HOF weekend at Cooperstown, New York.

Baseball Hall of Fame 2008 inductee Rich “Goose” Gossage signed autographs for PCGS during the 2014 HOF weekend at Cooperstown, New York.

During the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame weekend at Cooperstown, New York, 1996 HOF inductee Jim Bunning signed autographs for PCGS.

During the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame weekend at Cooperstown, New York, 1996 HOF inductee Jim Bunning signed autographs for PCGS.

Other former major league players who also have signed PCGS insert labels are: Bill Buckner, Doc Gooden, Pedro Martinez, Minnie Minoso, Dale Murphy, Tony Oliva, Jimmy Piersall, Pete Rose, Lee Smith, Darryl Strawberry and Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams. The Baseball Hall of Fame signatures program is the latest in a series of “autographed coin” projects from PCGS since 1999.  Previous insert autographs have included former U.S. Presidents Gerald R. Ford and George H.W. Bush as well as former U.S. Mint Directors Jay Johnson, Edmund Moy, Donna Pope, Jay Johnson and Chief Engraver John Mercanti. Since its founding in 1986, Professional Coin Grading Service has authenticated, graded and certified over 29 million coins with a combined value of $29 billion.  For additional information, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

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The Saints Come Marching In To September 2014 Long Beach Expo

August 13, 2014 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Conventions, Gold, Gold Coins, Medals, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

For immediate release
August 13 2014

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Steve Sloan, for Long Beach Expo, (949) 567-1223

The Saints Come Marching In
To September 2014 Long Beach Expo

(Long Beach, California) —  Free admission coupons will be available, and the all-time finest collection of Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle gold coins will be displayed in public for the first time anywhere at the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com), September 4 – 6, 2014.

“The A&A Saints Collection has a grade point average of 65.63, and now ranks as both the current number one and all-time finest Saint-Gaudens $20 Gold Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1907-1932) in the PCGS Set Registry™.  This remarkable set includes eight of the finest known PCGS-certified Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles and 13 others that are tied for finest known.” said Cassi East, Long Beach Expo President.

Formerly in the Bentley Collection, this 1927-D Double Eagle, PCGS MS63, now is part of The A&A Saints Collection. (Photo by PCGS.)

Formerly in the Bentley Collection, this 1927-D Double Eagle, PCGS MS63, now is part of The A&A Saints Collection. (Photo by PCGS.)

he finest known 1932 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, PCGS MS66+, is one of the highlights of The A&A Saints Collection. (Photo by PCGS.)

The finest known 1932 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, PCGS MS66+, is one of the highlights of The A&A Saints Collection. (Photo by PCGS.)

Engraved by Gilroy Roberts, this 1953 U.S. Assay Commission medal is the finest known, graded PCGS SP65, and part of the Numismatic Americana Reference Collection on display at the September 2014 Long Beach Expo. (Photo by PCGS.)

Engraved by Gilroy Roberts, this 1953 U.S. Assay Commission medal is the finest known, graded PCGS SP65, and part of the Numismatic Americana Reference Collection on display at the September 2014 Long Beach Expo. (Photo by PCGS.)

Among the outstanding coins in the collection are:

  • 1908-D No Motto, the finest known and graded PCGS MS66+
  • 1909-D, pedigreed to the Eliasberg Collection, tied for finest known, PCGS MS67
  • 1914, pedigreed to the Duckor Collection and the finest known, PCGS MS66+
  • 1922-S, finest known, PCGS MS66+
  • 1924, finest known, PCGS MS68
  • 1927-D, pedigreed to the Bentley Collection, PCGS MS63
  • 1932, pedigreed to the Akers and Duckor Collections, finest known, PCGS MS66+

“The A&A Saint-Gaudens Collection set will be exhibited for the first time anywhere in the Collectibles Display area of the Long Beach Expo.  This display is courtesy of both the set’s anonymous Illinois owner and dealer Barry Stuppler of Stuppler & Company, Woodland Hills, California (booth #1129) who has been assisting the owner to build the amazing collection,” said East.

Stuppler stated: “After half a century as a collector and dealer, this is the finest gold coin collection I’ve ever had the pleasure of helping to build.  The owner of this Saints set has been collecting for about 15 years and considers this the centerpiece of his many coin collections.”

The superb quality “Numismatic Americana Reference Collection” of Medals of the United States Assay Commission, exhibited for the first time at the recent ANA World’s Fair of MoneySM, also will be displayed at the September 2014 Long Beach Expo.  It is the all-time finest PCGS Set Registry® set of historic U.S. Assay Commission medals of 1860 to 1977, and will be displayed at the Professional Coin Grading Service booth (#807).

“The set has a weighted grade point average of 62.345 and is owned by PCGS Authorized Dealer William Shamhart, Jr. of Numismatic Americana, Inc. (booth #633) in Chester, New Jersey.  This will be the first time the set has been displayed in California,” said BJ Searls, Collectors Universe Set Registry & Special Projects Director.

In addition to numismatic displays, 1964-era memorabilia of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali and Bob Dylan, as well as a classic mid-1960s red Ford Mustang convertible nicknamed, “Cherry Pie,” will also be among the exhibit highlights of the show.  An original copy of The Beatles’ first U.S. recording contract with Vee Jay Records, valued today at $100,000, will be displayed.

The Long Beach Expo was started in 1964, and the entertainment memorabilia from that era is part of the show’s 50th anniversary celebration.

PCGS will offer a special opportunity for “crossover” service at the September show.  The usual Crossover grading fee will be waived on coins submitted at the show that do not crossover into PCGS holders.  Information about the PCGS Crossover Special can be found online at www.PCGS.com.

“More than 500 collectibles dealers attending the show buying and selling rare coins, gold, silver, paper money, stamps, sports memorabilia, estate jewelry and other collectibles.  Heritage Auctions, official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo, will conduct sales (www.longbeachexpo.com/auctions) of United States and world rare coins and paper money, and there will be educational seminars and club meetings during the show,” said East.

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

“Simply go to our website, www.LongBeachExpo.com, click ‘Get Passes,’ enter the special Promo Code, SEPTPR, and print out the free admission coupon to present 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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PCGS Offers On-Site Crossover Special At September 2014 Long Beach Expo

August 11, 2014 in Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Events, Grading, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases

For immediate release
August 11, 2014

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

PCGS Offers On-Site Crossover
Special At September 2014 Long Beach Expo

 PCGS will offer a special opportunity to crossover your coins into PCGS holders at the September 2014 Long Beach Expo.

PCGS will offer a special opportunity to crossover your coins into PCGS holders at the September 2014 Long Beach Expo.

(Long Beach, California) — Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) will offer a special opportunity for “crossover” service at the September 4 – 6, 2014 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com).  The usual Crossover grading fee will be waived on coins submitted at the show that do not crossover into PCGS holders.

“This is an excellent opportunity to submit your coins that have been graded by other third-party grading companies.  If the coins do not meet PCGS standards and are not crossed over, you do not pay anything,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

The criteria for the Long Beach Expo Crossover Special are simple:

  • PCGS will accept coins in ANACS, ICG or NGC holders.
  • Each customer can submit a maximum of 500 crossovers.
  • The Crossover Special is not available for Show Express orders.

If a submitted coin qualifies for certification by PCGS, to the submitter’s specification, the standard grading fee will apply plus one percent of the declared value of the coin in its final grade.  If the coin does not cross, it will be returned in its original holder and only the PCGS handling fee will be charged.

Coins received by PCGS after 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 4, may not be completed by the end of the show.  Please check with a PCGS Customer Service Representative at the booth (#807) for official cutoff information.  Any submissions not completed at the show are subject to appropriate shipping and handling charges which are in addition to any grading or guarantee premium fees.

“PCGS is the leading third-party coin authentication company, and collectors and dealers around the world know that the PCGS certification helps maximize the value and the liquidity of their coins,” stated Willis.

For additional information about the September 2014 Long Beach Expo Crossover special offer, contact PCGS Customer Service representatives at the PCGS booth during the Long Beach Expo or call (800) 447-8848.

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PCGS Certifies First Proof Gold Kennedy Half Dollars

August 6, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Clubs and Associations, Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, Half Dollars, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Proof Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

For immediate release
August 5, 2014

News media contact:
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PCGS Certifies First Proof Gold Kennedy Half Dollars

The first dual-dated proof gold Kennedy half dollar sold by the United States Mint at the 2014 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money was graded PCGS PR70 Deep Cameo.  (Photo by PCGS.)

The first dual-dated proof gold Kennedy half dollar sold by the United States Mint at the 2014 Chicago ANA World’s Fair of Money was graded PCGS PR70 Deep Cameo. (Photo by PCGS.)

(Rosemont, Illinois) — Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) certified the first half dozen dual-dated 1964 – 2014 proof gold Kennedy half dollars sold on the opening morning of the American Numismatic Association 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money SM.  The first four were each graded PCGS PR70 DCAM, and the other two were graded PCGS PR69 DCAM.  PCGS also is receiving submissions of other gold Kennedy proof half dollars purchased by determined buyers.

Hundreds of people lined up outside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, waiting for an opportunity to purchase one of the 500 coins to be sold by the Mint, one per customer.  The same limits were to be in place for each day of the five-day ANA convention.

“It is really exciting to see so many collectors interested in purchasing these new coins.  My hat is off to the United States Mint for creating the program that has generated so much interest to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half dollar.  PCGS is happy to have been selected to certify the very first six of the coins sold at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money,” said Don Willis, President of PCGS, a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

Nick Yadgarov, Callie Hohlfeld and Daniel Yadgarov of Los Angeles hold the first three 1964-2014 proof gold Kennedy half dollars sold at the ANA World's Fair of Money.  (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

Nick Yadgarov, Callie Hohlfeld and Daniel Yadgarov of Los Angeles hold the first three 1964-2014 proof gold Kennedy half dollars sold at the ANA World’s Fair of Money. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

Nick Yadgarov, Callie Hohlfeld, Daniel Yadgarov and Rina Maya, all from the Los Angeles area, were the first people in the blocks-long line, patiently waiting for sales of the gold proof Kennedy half dollars to begin.

They arrived outside the convention center at about 11 pm Monday evening, August 4, and were finally able to make their purchases 12 hours later, just after 11 am, Tuesday morning, August 5.  After doing several news media interviews, they submitted their coins at the PCGS booth (#701).

The ANA World’s Fair of Money continues through Saturday afternoon, August 9.  Information is online at www.WorldsFairOfMoney.com.

Since its founding in 1986, Professional Coin Grading Service has authenticated, graded and certified over 27 million coins with a combined value of $27 billion.  For additional information, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

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PCGS Certifies Rare Transitional Peace Dollars From Former Mint Director’s Estate

July 11, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Auctions, Clubs and Associations, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Conventions, Events, Grading, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, US Mint, USA Coins

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July 11, 2014

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PCGS Certifies Rare Transitional Peace Dollars From Former Mint Director’s Estate

Five rare 1921 and 1922 proof and circulation strike Peace dollars that reflect historic transition changes in the original high-relief design of the series have been authenticated and graded by Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com). The coins exhibit different finishes and relief, including a previously unreported 1921 High Relief sandblasted and antiqued finish presentation specimen.

For over 90 years the coins were under the numismatic market radar, owned by and later in the estate of Raymond T. Baker (1877 – 1935) who was United States Mint Director at the time the five Peace dollars were struck.

“This is a fantastic group of 1921 and 1922 transitional coins, and is one of the most significant group of 20th century coins we’ve seen in a long time,” said PCGS Co-Founder David Hall.

The coins were submitted for certification by PCGS Authorized Dealer Ronald J. Gillio on behalf of Stack’s Bowers Galleries (www.Stacks.com).  Stack’s will offer them in their upcoming public auction in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois.

“There are three ‘discovery’ pieces among these five important coins, and PCGS has created three new classification numbers to formally recognize and catalog them.  Each of the five transitional Peace dollars now have the “Baker Estate’ pedigree indicated on the insert label in their PCGS holders,” explained PCGS President Don Willis.

“With submission of these historic Baker Estate coins, PCGS now as identified and certified over the years a total of 19 different proof 1922 Peace dollars,” said Willis.

Baker served as Mint Director from March 1917 to March 1922.

“During his tenure, Baker oversaw the introduction of the new Peace dollar in 1921 and the subsequent design modifications in early 1922.  Because of his position, he was able to acquire several important numismatic rarities that have remained off the market since the time of their production,” explained Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGSCoinFacts.com), the Internet’s most comprehensive resource for information about U.S. coins.

The five recently certified coins and their grades and varieties are:

  • 1921 $1 PCGS SP64.  A discovery coin that has a normal High Relief design, but with a sandblasted and antiqued finish.
  • 1922 $1 PCGS PR67.  Modified High Relief (Judd-2020).  Satin (or “Bright”) finish.  A total of 3,200 production trial examples were struck, but only a few were not subsequently destroyed.  This surviving example is believed to be one of the first made and produced on a Mint press used to strike medals to bring up the Peace dollar design details.
  • 1922 $1 PCGS MS65.  Modified High Relief (J-2020, same die pair as the preceding coin).  It has the number “3200” inked in the left obverse field indicating it was the last coin struck from the production run of 3,200 before the obverse die failed.  It was struck on a normal production press.
  • 1922 $1 PCGS MS67.  Low Relief (Early hub dies, as adopted, but with the B1 reverse).  It was pulled from production when the press indicator reached 140,000 coins struck.
  • 1922 $1 PCGS MS67.  A second Low Relief, early hub dies example, pulled from production at the same time as the preceding coin.
A discovery coin, this 1921 Peace dollar, PCGS SP64, has a normal High Relief design, but with a sandblasted and antique finish.

A discovery coin, this 1921 Peace dollar, PCGS SP64, has a normal High Relief design, but with a sandblasted and antique finish.

From the Baker Estate and graded PCGS PR67, this is one of the few surviving trial examples (J-2020) of 1922 Peace dollars with a Modified High Relief and a Satin finish.

From the Baker Estate and graded PCGS PR67, this is one of the few surviving trial examples (J-2020) of 1922 Peace dollars with a Modified High Relief and a Satin finish.

1922 Low Relief, Early Hub Dies Peace dollar, PCGS MS67.

1922 Low Relief, Early Hub Dies Peace dollar, PCGS MS67.

From the Baker Estate and graded PCGS PR67, this is one of the few surviving trial examples (J-2020) of 1922 Peace dollars with a Modified High Relief and a Satin finish.

From the Baker Estate and graded PCGS PR67, this is one of the few surviving trial examples (J-2020) of 1922 Peace dollars with a Modified High Relief and a Satin finish.

Another 1922 Low Relief, Early Hub Dies Peace dollar from the Baker Estate, also graded PCGS MS67.

Another 1922 Low Relief, Early Hub Dies Peace dollar from the Baker Estate, also graded PCGS MS67.

“This remarkable assemblage traces the transition from the High Relief design of 1921 to the Low Relief design of 1922, and all of the intermediate steps,” said Guth.

“The higher striking pressures required to bring up the full details of the 1921 Peace Dollar caused the dies to fail prematurely.  In an attempt to solve this problem, Mint employees lowered the relief of the design, but only slightly.  These coins are known as the Modified (or Medium) Relief design, but they failed for the same reason as the 1921s.  Ultimately, the design details were reduced drastically, as seen on all of the circulation strike Peace Dollars from 1922 to 1935,” Guth explained.

One of the coins in the group can be tied directly to a January 8, 1922 letter from Mint Superintendent Freas Styer when he sent three 1922-dated experimental coins to Mint Director Baker.  Superintendent Styer wrote: “…the coin marked ‘3200’ was the thirty-second hundredth piece struck – the last before the die sunk.”

Guth stated:  “The historic importance of that coin is immeasurable. This is one of the rare instances when a particular coin can be tied positively to contemporary correspondence.”

Circumstantial evidence supports a claim that the 1922 “Bright” finish Modified High Relief was also included with that letter.  The “Sandblast” finish coin cited in the letter remains unidentified.

Earlier this year, PCGS certified the finest 1922 Matte Finish High Relief Peace dollar, graded PCGS PR67, that also originated from Mint Director Baker’s estate.  It will be one of the featured exhibits in the official Museum Showcase display at the ANA 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money, August 5 – 9, courtesy of collector Bob R. Simpson of Texas and Legend Numismatics of New Jersey (www.legendcoin.com).

Since its founding in 1986, Professional Coin Grading Service experts have authenticated and graded over 27 million coins with an estimated market value of $27 billion.  For additional information about PCGS services, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

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PCGS Plans “Worst of the Worst” Morgan Dollars And Superb, Historic Assay Medals Displays At ANA

July 9, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, Medals, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, US Mint, USA Coins

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July 9, 2014

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PCGS Plans “Worst of the Worst” Morgan Dollars And Superb, Historic Assay Medals Displays At ANA

Two extremely difficult to assemble numismatic collections that are the finest of their kinds in the PCGS Set Registry® will be displayed for the first time in public by Professional Coin Grading Service (www.pcgs.com) at the upcoming American Numismatic Association 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money, August 5 – 9.

This 1860 U.S. Assay Commission medal, graded PCGS SP64BN, is part of the Numismatic Americana Reference Collection that will be displayed by PCGS at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money.   Photo credit: PCGS

This 1860 U.S. Assay Commission medal, graded PCGS SP64BN, is part of the Numismatic Americana Reference Collection that will be displayed by PCGS at the 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money.
Photo credit: PCGS

The superb quality “Numismatic Americana Reference Collection” of Medals of the United States Assay Commission and the “End of the Trail VIII Collection” of Morgan dollars with the lowest grade point average in the “Low Ball” registry will be exhibited at the PCGS booth (#701) at the ANA convention.

The all-time finest registry set of historic U.S. Assay Commission medals of 1860 to 1977 is owned by PCGS Authorized Dealer Bill Shamhart of Numismatic Americana, Inc. in New Jersey.  The set has a Mint State weighted grade point average of 62.345.

The Assay Commission was established in 1792 to supervise the annual testing of gold and silver coinage produced by the United States Mint to ensure that the metal content met specifications.  The commission members appointed each year were private citizens including numismatists.

Medals were produced for commission members every year from 1860 through 1977, except during the Civil War era, 1862 -1866, and in 1954.

“Most U.S. Assay medals are rare because they were only issued in very limited quantities, usually from about 50 to 200 of each.  They were struck in various sizes ranging from 33 millimeters in diameter, a little larger than a modern half dollar, to 76 millimeters, about twice the size of a Double Eagle.  There’s also a vast array of interesting and beautiful designs in the series.  PCGS recently began authenticating and grading these important medals,” explained PCGS President Don Willis

PCGS has produced a brochure about U.S. Assay Commission medals in the Numismatic Americana Reference Collection featuring illustrations of Shamhart’s ten favorite medals.  Copies of the brochure will be available free while supplies last at the PCGS booth at the ANA convention.

The entire collection can be viewed online at www.pcgs.com/setregistry/alltimeset.aspx?s=118273.

PCGS also will display at the 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money the lowest graded basic set of Morgan Dollars.

This 1878 eight tail feathers Morgan dollar, graded PCGS PO-1 (none worse!), is from the End of the Trail VIII Collection of Low Ball Morgan dollars that will be exhibited for the first time during the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money.   Photo credit: PCGS

This 1878 eight tail feathers Morgan dollar, graded PCGS PO-1 (none worse!), is from the End of the Trail VIII Collection of Low Ball Morgan dollars that will be exhibited for the first time during the 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money.
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“The appropriately named ‘End of the Trail’ Morgan dollar collection has a Poor weighted grade point average of only 1.130.  It is the all-time finest, or in this case, the worst-of-the-worst basic Morgan dollar set in the Low Ball category.  While collectors have a lot of fun with the Low Ball sets, remember that it often is just as difficult and exciting to build a low grade set as it is to assemble a high grade collection,” said Willis.

Free, educational brochures about this collection will be available at the show while supplies.  The brochure includes illustrations of the top ten favorite low-grade Morgan dollar coins of the set’s owner, collector Mike Hoyman of Alaska.

Hoyman’s number one favorite is an 1878 eight tail feathers variety that is missing more than 99 percent of the obverse but has enough reverse design remaining to distinguish the eight feathers.  It is graded PCGS PO-1.

PCGS authenticators were unable to determine the specific VAM variety for that coin and some others in the collection because the grades are so low.  Of the 97 coins in the set, 87 of them are graded Poor (PCGS PO-1) and the other 10 are graded Fair (PCGS FR-2).

The entire End of the Trail VIII Collection can be viewed online at www.pcgs.com/setregistry/alltimeset.aspx?s=82663.

“PCGS launched the Low Ball registry category in 2007 as a fun and challenging way for collectors to compete to see who has the lowest graded coins.  It’s much harder than you would think, but there are now 825 registered Low Ball sets of U.S. coins,” said BJ Searls, Collectors Universe Set Registry & Special Projects Director.

The PCGS Set Registry (www.pcgs.com/setregistry) was established in 2001 and now hosts over 70,000 U.S. and world coins sets. For additional information about PCGS and its services, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

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