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Free Book, 100 Greatest U.S. Coins, With New Or Renewed ANA Membership Via Rare Coin Wholesalers

November 1, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Opinion, Press Releases, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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Free Book, 100 Greatest U.S. Coins, With New Or
Renewed ANA Membership Via Rare Coin Wholesalers

 

100 Greatest U.S. Coins, 4th Edition

100 Greatest U.S. Coins, 4th Edition

(Irvine, California) – A free copy of the latest edition of the award-winning book, 100 Greatest U.S. Coins, will be sent to anyone who submits an American Numismatic Association (ANA) new member or membership renewal through Rare Coin Wholesalers (RCW) before the end of the year.  The promotion is a joint project between RCW and the ANA, the world’s largest organization devoted to collectors of coins, paper money, tokens and medals.

“For each new or renewal ANA application we process now through December 31, 2016, we’ll send the applicant a complimentary copy of the just-published 100 Greatest U.S. Coins, 4th Edition by Jeff Garrett with Ron Guth,” said Michael Contursi, President of Rare Coin Wholesalers (www.RCW1.com) in Irvine, California.

“It’s an impressive, ‘coffee table’ reference book with superb, full-color photographs of 100 of America’s greatest numismatic treasures.  This book is an informative update to the earlier editions that were named Best Book by the Numismatic Literary Guild, and usually sells for about $30,” explained Contursi.

New member ANA applications and renewals can be conveniently submitted online at www.rarecoinwholesalers.com/ana-membership,

“Why is RCW doing this? First, we strongly support the educational mission of the ANA, the ANA’s promotion of coin collecting and the many benefits ANA members enjoy. The author of this excellent, Whitman Publishing book, Jeff Garrett, is the current ANA President and, we support his efforts to grow the association,” explained Contursi.  

“Second, many of the coins depicted and discussed in the book are coins RCW has owned and exhibited at the ANA Money Museum, such as the finest known 1794 silver dollar – the world’s most valuable rare coin and believed by many experts to be the very first silver dollar ever made by the United States Mint — or we assisted collectors in acquiring the kinds of coins featured in the book for their own collections,” said Contursi.

“Finally, our family has grown our business to the next generation, similar to many of our collector/investor clients and colleagues, and we strongly encourage educating and advising the future stewards of numismatics for many generations,” stated Contursi.

“It is my goal to increase membership of the American Numismatic Association by at least 5,000 members in the next few years.   I applaud the team at Rare Coin Wholesalers for being strong partners with the ANA over the years and their continuing support of the association’s education mission,” stated ANA President Garrett.  

By participating in this promotion, applicant’s information will be provided to RCW for fulfillment.  In addition to receiving the free book, everyone applying to join the ANA or renew through this promotion will receive additional information from RCW including useful personal finance commentaries prepared exclusively for RCW by noted economist, Scott Sumner, Ph.D.  The Atlantic magazine described Dr. Sumner as “the blogger who saved the economy.”  He is Director of the Program on Monetary Policy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia and is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts

For additional information, contact Rare Coin Wholesalers toll free at (800) 347-3250 or online at www.rarecoinwholesalers.com/ana-membership.

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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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June 18, 2015

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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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PCGS Experts To Conduct Coin Grading Seminars At June 2015 Long Beach Expo

April 1, 2015 in Clubs and Associations, Coin Shows, Collecting, Education, Events, Grading, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Young Collectors

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PCGS Experts To Conduct Coin Grading Seminars At June 2015 Long Beach Expo

David Hall, Michael Sherman and Ron Guth will give expert advice during PCGS grading seminars at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.   Photo by Donn Pearlman

David Hall, Michael Sherman and Ron Guth will give expert advice during PCGS grading seminars at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.
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(Long Beach, California) — Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) experts will conduct three grading seminars, including one for young numismatists, at the June 4 – 6, 2015 Long Beach Expo Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show (www.LongBeachExpo.com).

“The last time we offered grading classes, the advance reservations quickly filled up the limited available space.  We anticipate that will happen again this time, well before the May 31 reservation deadline, because each seminar is limited to only 30 participants,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

The three classes that will be conducted at the June Long Beach Expo will be “Grading 101: Introduction to Mint State and Circulated Coin Grading;” “Grading 102: Qualifiers, Proof Coins, Modern Coins and Difficult-to-Grade Coins;” and “Coin Grading For Young Numismatists.”

Grading 101 and 102 will be held on Saturday, June 6, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM with lunch provided.

Grading 101 will be taught by PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth and  Grading 102 will be instructed by PCGS Director of Collector Education Michael Sherman.  PCGS Co-Founder David Hall will participate in question and answer sessions at both seminars.

The “Coin Grading For Young Numismatists” class will be held from 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM on Saturday, June 6, and is open to young numismatists ages 16 and younger.  Those young collectors attending the seminar may be accompanied by one parent or guardian.

All seminar participants will receive a certificate of completion and a digital copy of the seminar slide presentation as a reference tool.

The cost of the Grading 101 and 102 seminars are $149 for PCGS Collectors Club members and $199 for non members.  Space is limited to the first 30 registrants and the deadline for registering for all seminars is May 31.  To register, visit the PCGS Online Store at www.PCGS.com/store.

There will be free admission for the Coin Grading For Young Numismatists seminar, but again, the course is limited to the first 30 participants.  Parents must call PCGS at (800) 447-8848 to reserve a spot no later than May 31.

The Grading 101 class will cover the elements that go into grading Mint State and circulated coins, along with tips and techniques used by professionals.  Participants will be given the opportunity to put what they’ve learned to use by grading approximately 50 Mint State and circulated coins.

Following a break for lunch (provided by PCGS), the grading test will be discussed, and participants can review their results against actual PCGS grades to see in what areas they might need further instruction or improvement.

The Grading 101 course topics include:

  • Introduction to Grading
  • History of Coin Grading
  • Elements of Coin Grading
  • Grading Mint State Coins: Surface Preservation, Strike, Luster, Eye Appeal, Example Mint State Coins
  • Grading Circulated Coins: General Description of Grades, Wear, Eye Appeal
  • Techniques of Grading: Lighting, Magnification, Examination Methodology
  • Tips and Advice from a Pro

Grading 102 will cover Qualifiers (color on copper coins, strike on silver and nickel coins and proof-like and cameo surfaces).  Grading Proof coins will be discussed along with ultra-high grade modern coins and some difficult-to-grade series, such as Indian gold coins.

After a break for lunch (provided by PCGS), coins will be available to view and discuss, and a question and answer session will follow.

The Coin Grading for Young Numismatists course explains the basics of coin grading to the next generation of collectors.  The students will be taught the basic elements of grading, how to grade Mint State and circulated coins, and the proper techniques for reviewing coins.

The June 2015 Long Beach Expo and the coin grading classes will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave., in Long Beach, California.  Additional information about the show is available online at www.LongBeachExpo.com

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Long Beach Expo Offers Look at PCGS-Certified Pogue’s 1822 & 1854-S Half Eagles & Dexter 1804 Dollar!

January 27, 2015 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Conventions, Dollar Coins, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Precious Metals, Press Releases, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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January 26, 2015

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Long Beach Expo Offers Look at PCGS-Certified Pogue’s 1822 & 1854-S Half Eagles & Dexter 1804 Dollar!

Graded PCGS Secure AU58+, the 1854-S Half Eagle is another treasure from the Pogue Family Collection. (Photo credit: PCGS.)

Graded PCGS Secure AU58+, the 1854-S Half Eagle is another treasure from the Pogue Family Collection. (Photo credit: PCGS.)

The Pogue Family Collection 1822 Half Eagle, graded PCGS Secure AU50. (Photo credit: PCGS.)

The Pogue Family Collection 1822 Half Eagle, graded PCGS Secure AU50. (Photo credit: PCGS.)

(Long Beach, California) — Three numismatic national treasures from the eagerly-anticipated D. Brent Pogue Family Collection, the 1822 and 1854-S Half Eagles and the Dexter 1804 dollar, will make their West Coast debut at the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com), January 29 – 31, 2015.

The historic coins will be among the PCGS-certified Pogue Family Collection items displayed by Stack’s Bowers Galleries at their booth (#502) during the three-day show.  Stack’s Bowers and Sotheby’s will jointly offer the collection in a series of auctions starting in May.

“The 1822 Capped Bust Half Eagle is one of the greatest numismatic treasures of the United States,” stated David Hall, Co-Founder of Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com).

“United States Mint records indicate that 17,796 $5 gold coins were produced in 1822, but today only three survivors are known.  Two of them are part of National Numismatic Collection in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History,” explained PCGS President Don Willis.  “The Pogue coin is the finest of the three, and is graded PCGS Secure™ AU50.”

The Dexter specimen 1804 Class I Draped Bust dollar in the Pogue Family Collection is graded PCGS Secure PR65.  (Photo credit: PCGS.)

The Dexter specimen 1804 Class I Draped Bust dollar in the Pogue Family Collection is graded PCGS Secure PR65. (Photo credit: PCGS.)

Legendary collector and Baltimore, Maryland banker and financier, Louis E. Eliasberg Sr. purchased the coin from dealer Abe Kosoff for $14,000 in 1945. Pogue bought it for $687,500 in 1982 at “The United States Gold Coin Collection” auction of Eliasberg coins conducted by Bowers and Merena (now Stack’s Bowers).

There also are only three known 1854-S Coronet Head Half Eagles, and one of them is part of the Smithsonian’s holdings.  The Pogue coin, graded PCGS Secure AU58+, also was formerly in the Eliasberg Collection.  Mint record indicate only 268 $5 gold coins were struck at the San Francisco Mint in 1854.

Only eight examples of the Class I Lettered Edge Draped Bust 1804 dollars are known.  The Pogue family owns the Dexter Specimen, graded PCGS Secure PR65.

Ron Guth, President of PCGSCoinFacts.com (www.PCGScoinfacts.com) states: “The 1804 Silver Dollar is one of the rarest and most popular of all American coins, despite the fact that none were made until 1834 and several were even made many years after that!”

A close up of the Dexter "D" in a cloud on the reverse of the Dexter specimen 1804 dollar.  (Photo credit: PCGS.)

A close up of the Dexter “D” in a cloud on the reverse of the Dexter specimen 1804 dollar. (Photo credit: PCGS.)

The Long Beach Explo will be in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.  Public hours are Thursday and Friday, January 29 and 30, from 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, January 31, 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, PRJAN15.  Then print out the free admission coupon and present it at the show’s registration desk,” said Long Beach Expo President Cassi 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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Adams, Ivy and Ruddy Now in PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame

August 9, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Collecting, Conventions, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases

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August 8, 2014

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Adams, Ivy and Ruddy Now in 

PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame

 

(Rosemont, Illinois) — The PCGS CoinFacts™ Coin Dealer Hall of Fame has inducted three more past and current distinguished professional numismatists. The new members are Edgar H. Adams, Steve Ivy and James F. Ruddy.

The 2014 induction ceremony was part of the PCGS Set Registry SM luncheon conducted during the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money SM in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois on August 8, 2014.

PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth announces the selection of century-ago dealer Edgar Adams as one of the three 2014 inductees into the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame.  (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth announces the selection of century-ago dealer Edgar Adams as one of the three 2014 inductees into the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

“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 Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts, the Internet’s most comprehensive resource on United States coins and a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

Edgar Adams (1868 – 1940): Adams is familiar to most numismatists for his landmark reference books, United States Pattern, Trial and Experimental Pieces, co-authored with another notable numismatist, William H. Woodin, and Adams’ Private Gold Coinages of California, 1849-1855: Its History and Its Issues.  He also served as an editor of The Numismatist, published monthly by the American Numismatic Association.

Steve Ivy (1949 – present): At only the age of 14 in 1964, Ivy began advertising rare coins for sale in national publications. Six years later, at the age of 20, he opened a rare coin dealership in downtown Dallas. Since 1982 he has been Co-Chairman of Heritage Auctions along with 2013 Hall of Fame inductee James Halperin.  Heritage now is the largest collectibles auctioneer in the world and overall, the world’s third largest auction company.  A marketplace leader, Ivy has served as President of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) and as Chairman of the Industry Council For Tangible Assets (ICTA).

James F. Ruddy (1933 – present): Ruddy entered the rare coin business in 1953 under the name Triple Cities Coin Exchange in Johnson City, New York.  In 1958, he and 2010 Hall of Fame inductee Q. David Bowers became partners in Empire Coin Company, and in 1971 formed  Bowers and Ruddy Galleries in Los Angeles.  He retired from the coin business in 1977.

The great Q. David Bowers speaks about his former business partner and 2014 PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame inductee James Ruddy at the PCGS Set Registry luncheon on August 8, 2014 at the ANA World's Fair of Money.  (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

The great Q. David Bowers speaks about his former business partner and 2014 PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame inductee James Ruddy at the PCGS Set Registry luncheon on August 8, 2014 at the ANA World’s Fair of Money. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

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

New inductees are determined by a vote of the 29-member PCGS CoinFacts Board of Experts and all living members of the PCGS CoinFacts Hall of Fame.  Additional biographical information about the 2014 and earlier Hall of Fame inductees is available online at www.pcgs.com/pcgscoinfacts/CoinDealerHOF.html

PCGS CoinFacts 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 27 million coins with a total market value of over $27 billion.

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PCGS CoinFacts™ President Ron Guth Named Numismatist of the Year: What Makes Ron Run?

July 29, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Clubs and Associations, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases

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PCGS CoinFacts™ President Ron Guth Named Numismatist of the Year: What Makes Ron Run?

 

Ron Guth has been named 2014 Numismatist of the Year.

Ron Guth has been named 2014 Numismatist of the Year.

The American Numismatic Association’s 2014 Numismatist of the Year is PCGS CoinFacts™ President, award-winning author, researcher, educator and all-around good guy Ron Guth.

“There is no one more deserving of this recognition than Ron.  His contributions to the hobby and profession are far-reaching and wide-ranging.  He shares his knowledge and numismatic goodwill through books, educational seminars, and of course, through the tremendous expansion of PCGS CoinFacts under his leadership the past six years,” stated David Hall, President of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT), the parent company of PCGS CoinFacts.

Guth began collecting coins in 1964 when the numismatic market was booming and much of the focus was on collecting coins by the roll.  While his U.S. and world numismatic interests are extensive, these days Guth personally specializes in an area of coins that usually are not available in roll quantities: Bavarian “Madonna” Thalers issued from 1753 to the end of the 18th century.

He served as President of Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) from 2005 to 2008.  He then became President of PCGS CoinFacts.com (www.PCGSCoinFacts.com) in 2008 and has guided its growth to become the Internet’s most comprehensive resource for information about United States coins.

“According to our statistics, we now have pages for 33,483 coins with over 5,171 individual coin narratives,” said Guth.

“The growth of PCGS CoinFacts is primarily a function of the new additions in our grading division.  New additions include die varieties, certain medals and tokens, and plus grades.  As new services are developed, they begin to show up on PCGS CoinFacts,” he explained.

“I’m particularly proud of the Condition Census information we offer in areas that are underdeveloped or unavailable in the market, such as U.S. Patterns, California Fractional Gold, and Territorial Gold.  Also, we cover all major rarities with updated census information.”

Guth has authored or co-authored nearly a dozen books on United States and German coins, and yet another is on the horizon.

“I’m currently working on a book with broad market appeal, but the title and contents are secret for now,” he hinted.

Guth will receive the Numismatist of the Year award at the ANA 2014 World’s Fair of MoneySM (www.worldsfairofmoney.com) banquet on Friday, August 8, in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois.

A 10-day trial of free access to PCGS CoinFacts is available at www.PCGSCoinFacts.com.

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