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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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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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Popular PCGS Price Guide Magazine Makes Return During ANA

July 5, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Coins, Collecting, Education, Investing, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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Popular PCGS Price Guide Magazine Makes Return During ANA

 

RCMR: The Rare Coin Market Report returns, and World’s Fair of Money visitors can obtain a free copy of the re-vamped magazine at booth 114.

RCMR: The Rare Coin Market Report returns, and World’s Fair of Money visitors can obtain a free copy of the re-vamped magazine at booth 114.

(Denver, CO) – Members of the coin collecting community just got another reason to attend the biggest coin show of the year. During the World’s Fair of Money, August 1-5, 2017, Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) is bringing back its coin pricing publication, Rare Coin Market Report, and distributing free copies to those who visit the PCGS booth (booth 114).

Returning from its original 14-issue run from 2007 to 2008, the bi-monthly magazine will contain a wealth of numismatic material throughout its 144 pages, including pricing info for PCGS graded rare and modern coins, plus articles from leading PCGS experts.

“There’s always so much going on in numismatics, each and every day, and we’re very excited to share market news, analysis and expertise with the coin collecting community,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

Each issue of the magazine boasts years of renowned numismatic expertise, straight from the minds of prominent figures from throughout the industry. Contributing authors will include Collectors Universe President David Hall, PCGS Co-founder John Dannreuther, Numismatic Expert Q. David Bowers, PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth, and the magazine’s editor-in-chief, PCGS Director of Education Mike Sherman.

“We plan on including a wide range of entertaining numismatic articles, spanning from the history of an iconic coin series to spotlights of notable collectors, comparative analysis of coins from past to present, and more,” said Sherman.

Visitors of the World’s Fair of Money can obtain free copies of the magazine while at the show. Beginning August 1, 2017, issues will also be distributed on a bi-monthly basis to members of the PCGS Collectors Club, PCGS Set Registry and PCGS Authorized Dealers. Individual copies can be purchased for $14.95 from www.PCGS.com.

“As a pricing authority on coins in the digital medium, it makes sense for PCGS to expand into the print realm once more. Now, with the RCMR, collectors can stay informed on the coin market, as well as read great articles from respected numismatists,” said Hall.

1912 Mexican Peso PCGS MS64: This and other coins of the McVey Mexico Silver Peso date set will be on display at the PCGS Set Registry booth (booth 116).

1912 Mexican Peso PCGS MS64: This and other coins of the McVey Mexico Silver Peso date set will be on display at the PCGS Set Registry booth (booth 116).

World’s Fair of Money attendees also have the opportunity to view two impressive sets of world coins, both owned by lifelong collector and PCGS Set Registry member Charles McVey. The PCGS Set Registry (booth 116) is displaying the McVey Canadian Dollar Date Set, consisting of 28 silver coins with portraits of three different British monarchs, as well as the number one-ranked McVey Mexico Silver Peso date set — a set that won a gold award in 2016 for Best Mexican Set, and consists of 41 circulation strike silver pesos, dated from 1866 through 1945.

“We’re very thankful for Mr. McVey to provide us with the opportunity to display these beautiful coins. Those who visit our booth are in for a treat,” said PCGS Set Registry Director BJ Searls.

PCGS Representatives will be available throughout the pre-show (the PNG/ANA Numismatic Trade Show), and the World’s Fair of Money to answer questions, accept standard and bulk submissions and provide additional company information. On-site grading will be offered. For more details on PCGS services for the World’s Fair of Money, visit www.PCGS.com/Shows.

The World’s Fair of Money takes place August 1-5, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. The show will be held at the Colorado Convention Center, located at 700 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202. The pre-show will also take place at the Colorado Convention Center, July 31, 2017. Founded in 1986 by distinguished numismatic experts, Professional Coin Grading Service is the most respected coin authentication and grading company in the world and has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris and the United States.
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 App, New Features for PCGS Set Registry

May 1, 2017 in Android Apps, Coins, Collecting, Ipad Apps, Iphone Apps, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, Uncategorized

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New App, New Features for PCGS Set Registry

The PCGS Set Registry app offers the key elements of the desktop version, as well as some brand new features.

The PCGS Set Registry app offers the key elements of the desktop version, as well as some brand new features.

Newport Beach, California) – Thanks to a brand-new app from Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com), collectors can manage their coin collections from their smartphones. The company just added the PCGS Set Registry companion app to its growing list of mobile apps.

This app, compatible with iOS and Android, comes on the heels of an update to the Set Registry desktop site, which allowed for enhanced mobile compatibility. Both the app and recent update were steps in providing convenience and a renewed experience to users.

“Making the site mobile was a must. It is simply more convenient to manage your set on the go. In addition to the added convenience, we’ve included new features, such as image uploading and the “What If” feature, which we believe will be a hit among set owners,” stated PCGS President Don Willis.

Collectors can now easily upload images directly from their mobile device to their collection. Scanning the coin’s cert number automatically adds the image to the set if a PCGS TrueView™ image is available for the coin. Or, users can take a picture of a coin and instantly upload the image to their inventory.

The “What If” feature shows collectors how a PCGS-graded coin would impact their set by simply scanning or entering the coin’s cert number. Once the coin info is entered, a before and after comparison of their set’s rank, rating and grade is shown.

“Released as a companion app, collectors are encouraged to use both the app and desktop site in tandem for the complete experience,” said Set Registry Director BJ Searls.

Considering the enhanced, mobile experience, the company anticipates the app to be a popular download among collectors.

“With this app, you can update and access your set from anywhere, as long as you can connect to the internet. The interface is streamlined, and it launches and performs functions quickly. There are many reasons collectors will want to download it,” said Willis.

The PCGS Set Registry companion app is available for free download on the App Store and Google Play. Visit www.PCGS.com/apps to learn more.

Developed in 2001, the PCGS Set Registry was the hobby’s first free online tool for organizing and analyzing coin collections. For more information on the PCGS Set Registry, and to start your online collection, visit http://www.PCGS.com/SetRegistry.   

Founded in 1986 by distinguished numismatic experts, Professional Coin Grading Service is the most respected coin authentication and grading company in the world and has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris and the United States.

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Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pcgs.setregistry

 iOS:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/coin-collection-pcgs-set-registry/id1215957117?mt=8

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PCGS To Attribute Branch Mint Marks on Silver Eagles

April 6, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Grading, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Precious Metals, Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Eagles, US Mint, USA Coins

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PCGS To Attribute Branch Mint Marks on Silver Eagles

UPDATE 4/7/2017 9:22AM PST: For 2014-2017 boxes that have a sticker on the side that includes the designation “WPM”, PCGS believes that these boxes, regardless of their serial number, originated in West Point. Therefore, at this time, and until we receive further clarification from the U.S. Mint, we will not be attributing such boxes to Philadelphia or San Francisco.  

Acting upon the original documents provided to Coin World in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, Professional Coin Grading Service is pleased to announce that it will attribute certain 2014 through 2017 American Silver Eagles with a “mint mark” indicating where the coin was struck.

Officially, American Silver Eagles during this period were minted at the West Point Mint, and in fact, most American Silver Eagles were in fact struck at that branch. However, due to high demand, the U.S. Mint used the facilities in San Francisco and Philadelphia to augment the production of the West Point Mint.

Until now, the information about how many American Silver Eagles were made in each of the other branches has not been released to the public. Instead, the Mint’s figures officially reflected the total mintage, and listed those mintages as having been produced at West Point.

However, the FOIA documents reveal a method of identifying where a given box of Silver Eagles was minted. Following this method, PCGS will attribute coins from such boxes as having been produced at the branch mint at which it was made.

For example, a Silver Eagle minted in Philadelphia in 2015 would be attributed “2015-(P)”. The mintage figures, and how to identify them, are set forth in the tables below.

 

San Francisco Mint

Year

Mintage

Box #/Identification

2014

7,025,000

Red banding

2015

0

N/A

2016

4,650,000

Various 6 digits starting with 4

2017

3,000,000

Various 6 digits starting with 4

 

Philadelphia Mint

Year

Mintage

Box #/Identification

2014

0

N/A

2015

79,640

Various 5 digits starting with 1

2016

1,151,500

Various 6 digits starting with 5

2017

1,000,000

Various 6 digits starting with 5

 

West Point Mint

Year

Mintage

Box #/Identification

2014

23,450,000

Various 6 digits; All WP started in 1,2, or 3

2015

46,920,500

Various 6 digits; All WP started in 1,2, or 3

2016

31,900,000

Various 6 digits; All WP started in 1,2, or 3

2017

5,425,000

Various 6 digits; All WP started in 1,2, or 3

Owners of Mint-sealed boxes of American Silver Eagles from 2014 to 2017 can find the box number, which is written in black marker, and determine the specific branch mint.

Contact Mark Stephenson (mark@collectors.com) or Daniel Kedem (dkedem@collectors.com) for more information on PCGS Bulk Services, including how to submit bulk quantities of 2014 to 2017 American Silver Eagles.

Founded in 1986 by distinguished numismatic experts, Professional Coin Grading Service is the most respected coin authentication and grading company in the world and has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris and the United States. For more information on PCGS and its services, visit www.PCGS.com.  

Editor’s Note: PCGS is continuing to research this matter. Since publishing this press release, PCGS has been alerted to the fact that the FOIA response may be incomplete with respect to the 2015 Philadelphia Silver Eagles; we are pursuing clarification from the U.S. Mint. For up to date information, please contact Mark Stephenson at mark@collectors.com or Daniel Kedem at dkedem@collectors.com.

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‘Coin Worthy of a King’ Graded by PCGS, Will Appear at Long Beach

February 9, 2017 in Antique Coins, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, Grading, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

February 9, 2017
Media contact: Steve Sloan, (949) 567-1223

‘Coin Worthy of a King’ Graded by PCGS,
Will Appear at Long Beach

 

PCGS 30th Anniversary logo

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(Newport Beach, California) – The finest known of only two 1861 Philadelphia Mint Paquet Reverse Double Eagles has been graded MS67 by PCGS. The rare coin, formerly owned by King Farouk of Egypt and known as the Norweb Specimen, is insured for $8,000,000 and will be publically displayed at the upcoming February 16-18 Long Beach Expo.  

“PCGS is honored to grade such a rare and important coin. Now that the Norweb Specimen has been graded PCGS MS67, both known 1861-P Paquet Reverse Eagles are graded by PCGS, the other being the PCGS MS61 Dallas Bank Specimen,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

Of all regular issue U.S. Double Eagles, the 1861-P Paquet Double Eagle is the rarest. For years, this coin was considered a pattern, until research concluded the coin was meant for circulation before the mintage was melted down after a defect in the dies was discovered. Somehow, two examples survived.

[Reverse in PCGS Holder]: The finest known 1861-P Paquet Reverse Double Eagle was recently graded MS67 by PCGS.

[Reverse in PCGS Holder]:
The finest known 1861-P Paquet Reverse Double Eagle was recently graded MS67 by PCGS.

“This Paquet Reverse is one of the great United States gold coin rarities and one of the best coins PCGS has ever graded,” stated PCGS founder, David Hall.

The pedigree of this virtually flawless 1861-P Paquet Double Eagle dates back to the Woodward Sale of March 1865, when the coin sold for $37, a remarkable price for the time considering the coin had been struck only four years prior.

The 1861-P Paquet Reverse was recently privately sold by Brian Hendelson, President of Classic Coin Co. of Bridgewater, New Jersey, for an undisclosed amount to Larry Lee, President of Coin and Bullion Reserves of Panama City, Florida.

“When a coin of such pedigree becomes available, you have to jump on the opportunity. It has been called virtually flawless; it has been called perfect, and it has been owned by leaders of the numismatic field throughout its fascinating history. I am thrilled to have this coin, now graded PCGS MS67, in my collection,” said Larry Lee.

PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGScoinfacts.com) states that the 1861-P Paquet Reverse is slightly modified from the regular version. When engraver Anthony C. Paquet of the Philadelphia Mint began designing the reverse in 1859, he endowed slight yet notable differences. The coin’s lettering on Paquet’s version is tall and slender compared to the short, broad lettering of the traditional reverse. Also, the crown-like display of stars positioned above the eagle’s head is larger on Paquet’s coin, with the top stars prominently displayed beneath rays of sunlight. The same stars are partially buried on the regular reverse.

TrueView Image A high-resolution TrueView image of Larry Lee’s famed Paquet Reverse, graded PCGS MS67.

TrueView Image A high-resolution TrueView image of Larry Lee’s famed Paquet Reverse, graded PCGS MS67.

The rarity will make its first West Coast public appearance in the coming weeks, courtesy of Larry Lee, at the Long Beach Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com).  Visitors to the show, held February 16-18, will have the opportunity to view the coin in person at the PCGS booth.  Free passes to the coin show are available using the promo code EXPOPR.  

For information about PCGS services, including the current February 2017 Crossover Special, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

 

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$10 Million Coin Makes First Public West Coast Appearance

January 16, 2017 in Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Dollar Coins, Education, Entertainment, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins, World Records

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$10 Million Coin Makes First Public West Coast Appearance

The 1794 Specimen Dollar from the Bruce Morelan Collection of Early Dollars is one of many highlights of the show.

The 1794 Specimen Dollar from the Bruce Morelan Collection of Early Dollars is one of many highlights of the show.

(Long Beach, California) — The Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo is set to kick off 2017 with their first show of the year (www.LongBeachExpo.com). From February 16-18, 2017, the show will boast the hobby’s first $10 million coin on display, along with gold coin giveaways, educational opportunities for collectors, and as always, fun activities for kids.

Highlighting the many features of the Long Beach Expo is the display of the Bruce Morelan Collection of Early Dollars (booth 1348), featuring the 1794 Specimen Dollar, better known as the first, and only, coin to reach the $10 million mark at auction.

Compiled over years by famed collector Bruce Morelan, the set features 12 early silver dollars, dating from 1794 to 1803, and includes coins of such pedigree, value and grade that it is considered one of the most remarkable achievements in the annals of American numismatics.

“We are thrilled to have the privilege to showcase this unprecedented set and coin that many believe to be the first dollar struck on U.S. soil. In fact, we encourage visitors to take a picture with the coin, a piece of American history,” said Long Beach Expo President Cassi East.

The 1794 Specimen Dollar will be presented in a walk-through, museum-quality exhibition space, perfect for 360 degree views of the iconic coin.

In addition to hundreds of dealers from throughout the world of collectibles, two key players in the numismatic industry will be on-site. The U.S. Mint will be present, selling the latest commemorative coins at booth 1148, and PCGS will be grading coins and offering special labels for U.S. Mint releases at booth 807.  

“This is a great chance for collectors to get the latest U.S. Mint coins, then get their coins graded and holdered with special labels at the PCGS booth, all at one show. It’s a one-stop show for your collecting needs,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

Attendees have three chances to win ½ ounce Gold Eagle coins by way of a prize drawing each day.

Attendees have three chances to win ½ ounce Gold Eagle coins by way of a prize drawing each day.

Each year, the Long Beach Expo gives visitors various educational opportunities throughout the three-day show. For this upcoming show, The National Silver Dollar Roundtable (booth 1148) is offering a free silver dollar seminar on Thursday, February 16 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The show also gives visitors a chance to meet with a respected numismatist during “Meet the Expert” sessions. PCGS Founder David Hall will conduct the sessions during all three days of the show (booth 807), Thursday, February 16, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday, February 17, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; and Saturday, February 18, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Aside from educational opportunities and an abundance of collectibles from over 500 dealers, the Long Beach Expo is also fun for kids. Be sure to bring your kids by Saturday, February 18 to partake in our Treasure Hunt, where they have the chance to earn up to three PCGS-certified coins, Pokémon cards and a goodie bag,” said East.

Attendees have three chances to win ½ ounce Gold Eagle coins by way of a prize drawing each day. Winners will be drawn at 1 p.m. each day of the show. Simply sign up for free at the registration booth.

The official auctioneer of Long Beach Expo, Heritage Auctions, will hold their Signature U.S. Coin Auction from Wednesday, February 15 to Friday, February 17.

For those locating their coins via the CoinSearch (m.collectorscorner.com), look for listings five to seven days before show day.

Free admission is available to the Long Beach Expo with promo code EXPOPR. Go to www.LongBeachExpo.com and click on the “GET PASSES” button.

The Long Beach Expo will take place February 16-18, 2017, at the Long Beach Convention Center. 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 Analysis Confirms Two More Virtually Pure Copper Judd-2 1792 Pattern Cents

February 26, 2016 in Antique Coins, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Education, Grading, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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February 26, 2016

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PCGS Analysis Confirms Two More
Virtually Pure Copper Judd-2 1792 Pattern Cents

 

This 1792 J-2 pattern cent owned by California collector Alan Weinberg is nearly pure copper, according to PCGS. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

This 1792 J-2 pattern cent owned by California collector Alan Weinberg is nearly pure copper, according to PCGS. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) recently had the unique opportunity to perform metallurgical testing on two different examples of the extremely rare 1792 Pattern Cent.  Both were shown to have been made of essentially pure copper instead of a “fusible alloy” containing copper and a small portion of silver.  

“The results give a clearer picture of how the U.S. Mint experimented on the earliest American coins in preparation for official coining in 1793.  At least three of the nine known 1792 Cents originally designated as the Judd-2 variety now are confirmed to be composed of virtually pure copper,” said Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGSCoinFacts.com), the Internet’s most comprehensive source for information about United States coins.

“This represents a major step forward in our understanding of early American numismatics, plus it was the first time these two rarities have been together in 224 years.  Working with the owners of the two 1792 cents, PCGS arranged for an in-house, non-invasive metallurgical analysis of their coins,” explained Guth.   

PCGS confirmed the Wolcott specimen 1792 J-2 cent is essentially pure copper. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

PCGS confirmed the Wolcott specimen 1792 J-2 cent is essentially pure copper. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

One of the recently tested Judd-2 cents has been owned by collector Alan Weinberg of California since 1988 when he purchased it at a Bowers and Merena auction.  Its pedigree includes the Lorin G. Parmelee, Virgil Brand and Norweb collections.  Although uncertified, PCGS estimates its grade as EF45, making it the second finest known.

The other recently tested coin, graded PCGS VF35, was unknown until 2004 when the Wolcott family from southwestern New York State brought their inherited coin to the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was certified by PCGS and its discovery generated nationwide headlines.  Owners since then have included Anthony Terranova, Denis Loring, Legend Numismatics and Bob R. Simpson. The coin now is owned by a collector who wishes to remain anonymous after purchasing it through Heritage Auctions this past January.

A third Judd-2 1792 cent, confirmed to be pure copper, is in the American Numismatic Association Edward C. Rochette Money Museum collection, and graded Good.

Early United States Mint engraver Henry Voight, who also created the 1793 Chain and Wreath cent varieties, designed the Judd-2 variety.

Judd refers to the book, United States Pattern, Experimental and Trial Pieces, a reference guide authored by Dr. J. Hewitt Judd.  Coins listed in the book are classified by Judd numbers, including J-2, the current designation for 1792-dated cents made of pure copper.

“1792 saw a flurry of activity aimed at establishing a mint in the United States.  Congress passed a Mint Act, a Director was chosen, a parcel of land was purchased, a building was erected in Philadelphia and employees were hired,” explained Guth.

“Several one-cent denomination coins were tested that year: a large copper piece known today as the Birch Cent (Judd-4); a smaller copper piece with a silver center (Judd-1); a piece of similar size in pure copper (Judd-2); and a piece of similar size with the copper and the silver center cent melted together into what is known as a ‘fusible alloy’ (Judd did not create a separate listing for such a coin).”  

“Mint records point to their experiment with fusible alloy cents, but none have been confirmed to date (one example tested years ago showed a small fraction of silver, but the margin of error of the test precluded a positive determination).”

The search for a real Fusible Alloy cent continues.  “Hopefully,” concluded Guth, “testing of the remaining 1792 cents will reveal the true nature of these remarkable coins.”

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary since its founding in 1986, Professional Coin Grading Service has become the industry standard in third-party certification.  With offices in California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris, PCGS experts have certified over 32 million coins with a total market value of over 30 billion dollars.

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

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Long Beach Expo Visitors See United States Mint’s Reagan Coins Designs

February 6, 2016 in Art, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Conventions, Dollar Coins, Education, Entertainment, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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February 6, 2016

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Long Beach Expo Visitors See
United States Mint’s Reagan Coins Designs

 

James Pressley and Ronald Reagan art: United States Mint Retail Sales Manager James Pressley unveils at the Long Beach Expo on February 6, 2016 the design selected for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Dollar. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

James Pressley and Ronald Reagan art:
United States Mint Retail Sales Manager James Pressley unveils at the Long Beach Expo on February 6, 2016 the design selected for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Dollar. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

(Long Beach, California) – Visitors on the closing day of the February 2016 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo received a previously announced numismatic treat.  Representatives of the United States Mint displayed the just-announced selected designs for the upcoming Ronald Reagan Presidential dollar and Nancy Reagan First Spouse gold coin.

“The official unveiling ceremony was conducted at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on Saturday morning, February 6.  However, as soon as that ceremony ended, Mint employees attending the Long Beach Expo promptly set up a display of the designs that will be used for the new commemorative coins,” said Cassi East, President of the Long Beach Expo.

“At about 12:30 on Saturday afternoon, we made a public address announcement to tell everyone on the convention floor about the surprise display.  Visitors to the show were quite happy to be among the first to see which artworks were selected for the coin designs,” explained East.

“All of us are delighted the United States Mint gave everyone at the Long Beach Expo the opportunity to see the historic design selections as soon as possible after the official unveiling,” added East.

The United States Mint had a booth at the February 4 – 6 Long Beach Expo to showcase and sell the Mint’s latest collector coins and medals.  James Pressley, the Mint’s Retail Sales Manager, made arrangements with other Mint officials to display the Ronald and Nancy Reagan coin designs at the show, located south of Los Angeles, as soon as the official ceremony ended 70 miles away in Simi Valley, north of Los Angeles.

February 6 was selected as the date for the unveiling of the selected designs because it was the 105th anniversary of the late President’s birth.

James Pressley and Nancy Reagan art: The reverse and obverse designs selected for the Nancy Reagan First Spouse gold coins were publicly displayed at the Long Beach Expo by United States Mint Retail Sales Manager, James Pressley, immediately after the official unveiling ceremony at the Reagan Presidential Library. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

James Pressley and Nancy Reagan art:
The reverse and obverse designs selected for the Nancy Reagan First Spouse gold coins were publicly displayed at the Long Beach Expo by United States Mint Retail Sales Manager, James Pressley, immediately after the official unveiling ceremony at the Reagan Presidential Library. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

According to the official announcement from the Mint, both the Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan coins will be featured in a variety of products available for purchase from the United States Mint during 2016.  For additional information, visit the Mint’s website at www.usmint.gov.

The next Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo will be conducted in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, June 9-11, 2016.   For additional information, visit www.LongBeachExpo.com.

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PCGS Is Giving Away 30 Morgans In 30 Days

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

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PCGS Is Giving Away 30 Morgans In 30 Days

 

PCGS 30th Anniversary logo

PCGS 30th Anniversary logo

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

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

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

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

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

A 30 Morgans in 30 Days prize

A 30 Morgans in 30 Days prize

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

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

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

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PCGS Offering Distinctive, Special Labels For Long Beach Expo Submissions

January 26, 2016 in Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Events, Grading, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Press Releases, US Mint, USA Coins

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PCGS Offering Distinctive, Special
Labels For Long Beach Expo Submissions

 

To mark the 30th anniversary of Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) on February 3, 2016, PCGS will offer a collection of distinctive commemorative insert labels for coins submitted at the February 4 – 6 Long Beach Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com).

“PCGS shares its 30th anniversary with the United States Mint’s popular American Eagle bullion coins program.  Since representatives of the Mint will be at the Long Beach Expo showcasing their latest coin releases, we wanted to be sure to offer Long Beach attendees attractive First Strike® labels that complement these coins,” said Mark Stephenson, PCGS Vice President and Director of Bulk Services.

Four different labels themes will be available for qualifying coins submitted at Long Beach by members of the PCGS Collectors Club or by PCGS Authorized Dealers.  The special labels are:

  • American Eagle First Strike labels depicting an eagle and “30th Anniversary” banner for 2016-dated gold and silver coins.
  • American gold Buffalo First Strike labels depicting a buffalo and a “10th Anniversary” banner for 2016-dated gold Buffalo coins.
  • Mark Twain First Strike special labels for Twain 2016-dated silver $1 and gold $5 coins.  Twain coins submitted for show grading are eligible for show exclusive variety labels that include the Expo logo.
  • Retro 1986-era green label inserts for vintage or modern coins with “PCGS 30th Anniversary” at the top of the label’s front.  These throwback labels, which mimic the look of the vintage PCGS “Old Green Holders” will be available for both Standard and Secure Service levels.

“The Long Beach Expo marks the first opportunity for collectors to have coins graded with the new PCGS classic green retro 1986-era labels.  As an added bonus, any collector who submits his or her coins to be graded with this new 30th Anniversary label will receive a free, limited edition throwback green PCGS box,” stated Stephenson.

Information about submission guidelines and fees for the special labels can be found online at www.pcgs.com/labels, and submission information and guidelines for First Strike designation labels is at www.pcgs.com/firststrike.

The PCGS 30th anniversary label for silver (shown here) and gold 2016 First Strike American Eagles.

The PCGS 30th anniversary label for silver (shown here) and gold 2016 First Strike American Eagles.

An example of a PCGS special First Strike insert label for the 2016 10th anniversary of the gold Buffalo coins.

An example of a PCGS special First Strike insert label for the 2016 10th anniversary of the gold Buffalo coins.

PCGS has produced special First Strike – Long Beach Expo labels for the new silver $1 and gold $5 (shown here) 2016 Mark Twain coins.

PCGS has produced special First Strike – Long Beach Expo labels for the new silver $1 and gold $5 (shown here) 2016 Mark Twain coins.

An example of the PCGS 30th anniversary retro 1986-era green label insert.

An example of the PCGS 30th anniversary retro 1986-era green label insert.

“These special PCGS labels for the Long Beach Expo are the first in a full suite of attractive inserts we’re planning in 2016 that I believe both dealers and collectors will love,” said Stephenson.

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

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

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Heritage Auctions Appraisals, PCGS’ 30th Anniversary Exhibit And Crossover Special

January 11, 2016 in Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, Grading, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, Stamps, USA Coins

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February 2016 Long Beach Expo Offers Free Heritage Auctions Appraisals, PCGS’ 30th Anniversary Exhibit And Crossover Special

 

Collectibles and antiques experts from Heritage Auctions will provide complimentary appraisals for the public at the February 4 – 6, 2016 Long Beach Expo.  (Photo credit: Heritage Auctions.)

Collectibles and antiques experts from Heritage Auctions will provide complimentary appraisals for the public at the February 4 – 6, 2016 Long Beach Expo. (Photo credit: Heritage Auctions.)

(Long Beach, California) – The February 4 – 6, 2016 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Professional Coin Grading Service with special exhibits, contests and discounts on PCGS crossover certification services.

“Another exciting show is in the works,” said Long Beach Expo President Cassi East.  “We’re encouraging the public to bring their collectibles to the show for free appraisals from Heritage Auctions.  Plus, representatives of the United States Mint will be at the show all three days displaying and selling examples of their latest gold and silver coins and commemorative medals.”  

In addition to conducting a sale of United States rare coins, Heritage Auctions, the official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo, will have more than a dozen experts on hand to examine and appraise the public’s collectibles in these categories:

Americana and Political; Space Exploration; Arms & Armor, Civil War and Militaria; Coins and Currency; Comics and Comic Animation Art; Decorative Art, Silver, Vertu, Asian Art; Entertainment and Music Memorabilia; Vintage Guitars; Fine Art; Fine Jewelry, Watches and Timepieces; Luxury Accessories; Rare Wine; Rare Books and Historical Manuscripts; Texana; and Sports.

PCGS will display more than 120 different, promotional sample “slabs” issued by the company since its founding three decades ago in February 1986. The historic slabs are from the collections of Dr. Timothy Larson of Mercer Island, Washington, Robert Klein of Monroe, New York, and Robert Paul of Southern California.

While supplies last, PCGS will also be giving away mint condition Lincoln cents encapsulated in samples of the company’s latest enhanced security holders.  Each one will be presented in a specially-created commemorative Sample Slabs brochure that explains the history and features of PCGS holders.

PCGS will conduct another grading competition for adults and young numismatists with the opportunity for the winner of each category to win a valuable cash prize for the adult winner and a Mint State Morgan dollar for the YN winner.  To sign up for the grading contest, call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

PCGS also will offer a special deal for crossover submissions at the show.  You can submit your coins that have been previously certified by other third-party grading companies, and if the coins do not meet PCGS standards and are not crossed over, you only pay $10.

Representatives of Professional Sports Authenticator (www.PSAcard.com) and PSA/DNA Authentication Services will be accepting submissions at the show.  PSA/DNA also will offer on-site authentication on Friday, February 5.

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

On Saturday, February 6, youngsters can get free prizes during a treasure hunt, and the Long Beach Stamp Club will give away vintage, collectible postage stamps to children to help them start a collection.

Show hours are Thursday and Friday, February 4 and 5, from 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, February 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, EXPOPR.  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 Will Offer Popular Crossover Special At February 2016 Long Beach Expo

January 11, 2016 in Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Dollar Coins, Education, Events, Grading, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

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PCGS Will Offer Popular Crossover Special At February 2016 Long Beach Expo

 

Professional Coin Grading Service will again offer a special opportunity for its popular “crossover” service at the February 4 – 6, 2016 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo.  The usual crossover grading fee will be reduced to only $10 on coins submitted at the show that do not qualify to be placed into PCGS holders.

“The best coins always end up in PCGS holders,” states PCGS President Don Willis. This 1801 Draped Bust dollar from the Newman Collection crossed over to become PCGS Secure MS65.

“The best coins always end up in PCGS holders,” states PCGS President Don Willis. This 1801 Draped Bust dollar from the Newman Collection crossed over to become PCGS Secure MS65.

“The best coins always end up in PCGS holders because collectors and dealers know that PCGS certification helps maximize the value, liquidity and security of coins,” stated PCGS President Don Willis.

“As 2015 auction results demonstrate, coins in PCGS holders repeatedly brought the highest prices.  The February Long Beach Expo 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 only pay $10 in grading fees,” explained 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 600 crossovers.
  • The Crossover Special is not available for Show Express orders.
  • For coins that cross, you will be charged the regular grading fee and handling fee, along with the Guarantee Premium, which is equal to 1% of the value of the coin in its final grade ($5 minimum Guaranteed Premium).
  • Any con that does not cross will be returned in its original holder and you will only be charged $10 per coin, and a handling fee of $10 per order.

Coins received by PCGS after 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 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 recommends a credit card as method of payment to ensure overpayment is avoided.

For additional information about the February 2016 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 Launches 30th Anniversary With Historic Sample Slabs Display At FUN

November 30, 2015 in Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Grading, History, Investing, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases

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PCGS Launches 30th Anniversary With
Historic Sample Slabs Display At FUN

 

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) will launch a year-long 30th anniversary celebration at the upcoming 2016 Florida United Numismatists convention by turning back the clock to display an assortment of more than 120 different, promotional sample “slabs” issued by the company since its founding in 1986.  

An example of a sample “slab” issued by PCGS in 1986 during the company’s first year of authenticating, grading and certifying coins. (Image courtesy of PCGS.)

An example of a sample “slab” issued by PCGS in 1986 during the company’s first year of authenticating, grading and certifying coins. (Image courtesy of PCGS.)

While supplies last, PCGS will also be giving away mint condition Lincoln cents encapsulated in samples of the company’s latest enhanced security holders.  Each one will be presented in a specially-created commemorative Sample Slabs brochure that explains the history and features of PCGS holders.

The display of encapsulated promotional coins in PCGS holders with historic sample insert labels will be at the PCGS booth (#104) during the FUN convention in Tampa, Florida, January 7 – 10, 2016.  A collection of 113 sample slabs, assembled by and exhibited courtesy of Dr. Timothy Larson of Mercer Island, Washington, and an additional dozen sample slabs from the collection of Robert Klein of Monroe, New York, will be displayed.  

“Since 1986, PCGS has been giving out samples of its holders featuring hundreds of different coin types, both U.S. and world.  They have become highly collectible over the last 30 years, although they originally were only intended as free promotional items,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

“There are a number of ways to collect PCGS samples, most commonly grouped into three categories,” explained PCGS Set Registry and Special Projects Director BJ Searls.

“First, there are those samples that match one of the five generations of holders, which can be subdivided into a number of sub-generations based on the insert.  Many of these samples are common because PCGS gave away hundreds of the same coin in the same holder, but some are extremely rare.  A number of inserts produced by PCGS were only released for a few months and samples of those inserts were supplied in limited quantities.”

The two other major categories for collecting sample slabs are those issued for PCGS luncheons and as advertising samples.

Since the early 2000s, PCGS has held luncheons for its customers at major coin shows.  As a token of appreciation, sample holders are created to celebrate the event and are given to all invited guests. Quantities of these holders are limited from 100 to 300 coins.

PCGS samples have been created for various coin shows and special events.  From celebrating PCGS anniversaries, to giveaways at coin shows, to special inserts created for PCGS Authorized dealers, there is a wide variety of samples in this category, some common and some very difficult to locate, according to PCGS.

Mint condition 2015-dated Lincoln cents are encapsulated in the latest PCGS sample “slabs” that will be available in limited quantity in specially-prepared commemorative brochures at the 2016 FUN convention. (Image courtesy of PCGS.)

Mint condition 2015-dated Lincoln cents are encapsulated in the latest PCGS sample “slabs” that will be available in limited quantity in specially-prepared commemorative brochures at the 2016 FUN convention. (Image courtesy of PCGS.)

“There are a number of websites that provide information about the various collecting options, including the PCGS U.S. Coin Forum.   A new reference book, Sample Slabs, by David Schwager was published in September,” said Searls.

“PCGS thanks Dr. Tim Larson for providing the samples for the upcoming display at FUN and for providing invaluable information about how to collect them,” Searls added.

Visitors to the PCGS booth at the FUN convention can obtain the special brochure with an enclosed PCGS sample slab while supplies last.

“1,250 lucky collectors will receive the commemorative Sample Slab brochure with the enclosed sample holder.  This sample represents our fifth generation PCGS holder, and it is the most technologically advanced security holder in the world,” explained 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 31 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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New Collectors.com Lets You Quickly Find $1 Billion Of Coins, Banknotes And Other Collectibles

August 27, 2015 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, E-commerce, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins

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New Collectors.com Lets You Quickly Find
$1 Billion Of Coins, Banknotes And Other Collectibles

 

New Collectors.com Lets You Quickly Find $1 Billion Of Coins, Banknotes And Other Collectibles

New Collectors.com Lets You Quickly Find
$1 Billion Of Coins, Banknotes And Other Collectibles

(Newport Beach, California) — Imagine the convenience of finding every coin, banknote or other collectible item you want that is currently available for sale online, all in one place.  That place now is Collectors.com (www.Collectors.com), a new, one-stop website that instantly provides information on the availability of more than 9 million collectibles currently offered for sale.

“This is a fantastic new, easy-to-use tool to find virtually every online listing for collectible items you’re seeking.  You no longer have to endure time-consuming and scattered hunts on multiple websites,” explained David Hall, Founder and President of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

“As a collector myself, I was blown away by the speed and power of Collectors.com, which allows you to find collectibles using a wide range of filters including price, seller and condition.  If it’s out there, Collectors.com will help you find it,” Hall emphasized.

On its August 27, 2015 launch, Collectors.com was gathering information about collectibles for sale from more than 542 websites involving a total of 53,684 sellers.  These sellers and sites combined for a total of 9,241,446 collectibles with an incredible aggregate value of $1,015,588,542.

Collectors.com launched with aggregated collectibles listings for rare coins, paper money, trading cards, autographs and stamps.  The site plans on expanding to dozens of other popular collectibles categories with future rollouts.

Collectors.com was created because of the frustration collectors often face at having to individually visit and search through dozens of websites, one-at-a-time, to find collectibles.  

Don Willis, President of the Professional Coin Grading Service division of Collectors Universe, explained the website’s origins:  “Everyone collects something.  As an avid collector, I used to spend hours every week searching websites and marketplaces for items I was collecting.  I tried using traditional search tools but they returned volumes of disorganized results that were not helpful in finding what I was searching for.  My searches were time consuming and typically ended in frustration.  The need for a collectibles aggregator was obvious.”

A view of the dedicated coins category on Collectors.com, a website where collectors can quickly find over $1 billion of collectibles offered for sale online.

A view of the dedicated coins category on Collectors.com, a website where collectors can quickly find over $1 billion of collectibles offered for sale online.

“We assembled a superb technical team who, combined with the decades of collectibles experience found within Collectors Universe, Inc., created this unique value-added aggregator.  We have been beta testing Collectors.com for the past 8 months within the PCGS (coins) and PSA (cards) divisions of Collectors Universe Inc., and in the process of developing it we have discovered many new and exciting applications that will benefit both buyers and sellers.  Our goal is to add those applications as well as many more collectible categories as quickly as possible,” said Willis.

“Collectors.com does not buy or sell collectibles. It simply facilitates the meeting between the buyer and seller.  For the serious collector, Collectors.com is a powerful search tool which is actively monitoring the Internet.  For the merely curious, Collectors.com offers an exciting opportunity to discover items of potential interest.  For sellers, Collectors.com adds a new platform where thousands of potential buyers can easily find their coins and banknotes, and quickly link to their website for purchase,” he explained.

“Simply stated, the goal of Collectors.com is to list every collectible available anywhere in the world,” emphasized Willis.

An informative video that explains the simple-to-use Collectors.com system can be viewed on the home page, www.Collectors.com.

Collectors.com, patent pending, is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLCT), the parent company of Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), among other leading collecting-based services.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highlights of the September Long Beach Expo include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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PCGS Grading Contest Announced For September 2015 Long Beach Expo

July 28, 2015 in Clubs and Associations, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, Grading, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Seminars, Young Collectors

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PCGS Grading Contest Announced
For September 2015 Long Beach Expo

 

A young numismatist examining a coin during the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.

A young numismatist examining a coin during the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.

Collectors, dealers and young numismatists again will have the chance to test their coin grading skills and compete for prizes in the PCGS Coin Grading Contest.  The newly announced competition will be held at the September 2015 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo, but interested participants should sign up now.

The entry fee is $50 for dealers and their associates, $25 for collectors and free for young numismatists.

The dealer with the highest score will receive a $1,000 check from Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com).  The highest scoring collector will receive $500 and the highest scoring young numismatist will receive a Mint State Morgan Dollar.

“Responses to our previous grading contests have been excellent.  We had to turn away several people who had not pre-registered for the last competition at the June Long Beach Expo because all the available slots were already filled,” said PCGS President Don Willis. “So, don’t wait to register.”

The competition will be open to members of the PCGS Collectors Club, PCGS Authorized Dealers, PCGS Set Registry participants, PCGS CoinFacts subscribers and young collectors aged 16 or younger.

To register for a contest time slot or get additional information, call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848, Monday through Friday between 7:00 am to 5:00 pm PST, or email info@PCGS.com.

A contestant closely examining one of the coins during the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.

A contestant closely examining one of the coins during the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.

Participants in the dealers and collectors categories will have 30 minutes to grade 20 coins, while young numismatists will have 20 minutes to grade 10 coins.

“Once again, a variety of coins will be carefully selected for the contest, and evaluating each one will definitely challenge even the most knowledgeable collector,” said PCGS Co-Founder and Collectors Universe President David Hall.

The Long Beach Expo will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave., in Long Beach, California, September 17 – 19, 2015.  Additional information about the show is available at www.LongBeachExpo.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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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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Think You Can Grade? Prove It! PCGS Brings Back Coin Grading Contest At June Long Beach Expo

April 23, 2015 in Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Conventions, Education, Events, Grading, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Young Collectors

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Think You Can Grade? Prove It! PCGS Brings

Back Coin Grading Contest At June Long Beach Expo

Test your grading skills

PCGS Brings Back Coin Grading Contest At June Long Beach Expo

Collectors, dealers and young numismatists can test their coin grading skills by competing in the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show.

The collector and the dealer with the highest score will each receive a $1,000 check from Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com), and the young numismatist with the highest score will receive a PCGS-certified Morgan silver dollar.

The competition will be open to members of the PCGS Collectors Club, PCGS Authorized Dealers, PCGS Set Registry participants, PCGS CoinFacts subscribers and young collectors aged 16 or younger.

“The upcoming PCGS Grading Contest will be an outstanding opportunity for collectors, dealers and young numismatists to demonstrate their grading skills and receive a nice reward if they are able to match the opinion rendered by PCGS,” said Michael Sherman, PCGS Director of Collector Education.

Adults will have 20 minutes to grade 20 coins, young numismatists will have 20 minutes to grade 10 coins.

Participants must register in advance and reserve a time slot to take the test.  Registration and testing will be held at the PCGS Coin Grading Contest booth, #1127, at the Long Beach Expo and will begin during dealer set up on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 3, 2015, and continue throughout the show from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5, and 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 6.

“A variety of coins have been carefully selected for the contest, and evaluating each one will definitely challenge even the most knowledgeable collector,” said PCGS Co-Founder David Hall.  “We’ve included a few plus grades, some designation dilemmas, and even a counterfeit coin to see who really knows their stuff.  We hope the contest will be fun as well as challenging, and we look forward to honoring the winners.”

The entry fee is $50 for dealers and adult collectors.  Entry is free for young numismatists 16 and younger.  Employees of PCGS and Collectors Universe are not eligible.  Additional information and rules about the contest will be posted on the PCGS website.

“Based on previous PCGS Grading Contests, we anticipate the available entry space will fill up quickly.  So, I encourage everyone thinking about entering to promptly register so they don’t miss out on this exciting way to test their grading skills,” said Don Willis, PCGS President.

To register or get additional information, call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848, Monday through Friday between 7:00 am to 5:00 pm PST.

The Long Beach Expo will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave., in Long Beach, California.  Additional information about the show is available at www.LongBeachExpo.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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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.
Photo by Donn Pearlman

(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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