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The Joint Coinage of Qatar and Dubai

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Qatar & Dubai AH1386-1966 25 Dirhams, PCGS MS64. Images courtesy PCGS The Gulf Emirate States are an amazing and rich area of the world, with the history of this region stretching back thousands of years. Prior to the discovery of oil there and the wealth from it, what today […]

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Proof Trade Dollars: Why Were They Made After Circulation Strikes Ended?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Trade Dollars of 1873-1885 represent one of the more curious areas of American numismatics. Authorized by the Coinage Act of 1873, the Trade Dollar was struck for the purpose of facilitating export transactions with China and was expressly created to compete against the silver Mexican Peso, a large, […]

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PCGS Grades Finest Example of Ultra-Rare 1890 Grand Watermelon Note

By Cory Williams for PCGS …… PCGS Banknote is very pleased to have recently graded the ultra-rare 1890 $1,000 Grand Watermelon Treasury Note, and at PCGS About Uncirculated 50 it is the finest known! “I am very excited to have this iconic and historic note certified and encapsulated by PCGS Banknote,” says Stack’s Bowers Galleries […]

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The New Orleans Mint and Its Southern Coinage

By Mike Garofalo for PCGS …… The first United States Mint was built in Philadelphia, which was serving as our nation’s capital city during the period spanning 1790 through 1800 while Washington, D.C. was being built. Even when the federal government was, itself, moved to Washington in 1800, the nation’s only mint remained in Philadelphia. […]

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PCGS Grades 1st New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Variety Discovered in Nearly a Century

New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Graded by PCGS as an F15 and Designated a “Discovery Coin”   It still pays to scrutinize all coins for something new or unusual, even those belonging to a series as well studied as the Flowing Hair Half Dollar. Struck by the United States Mint from 1794 through 1795, […]

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Treasures From the Bruce Morelan Collection: Regency Auction 41

The Bruce Morelan Collection By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… These coins are like family Those are the words of Laura Sperber, founder of Legend Rare Coin Auctions. She’s handled more than $1 billion in rare coins over her four-decades as a coin dealer, but “these” coins she helped procure for longtime collector Bruce Morelan. […]

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Treasures From the Bruce Morelan Collection: Regency Auction 41

The Bruce Morelan Collection By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… These coins are like family Those are the words of Laura Sperber, founder of Legend Rare Coin Auctions. She’s handled more than $1 billion in rare coins over her four-decades as a coin dealer, but “these” coins she helped procure for longtime collector Bruce Morelan. […]

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Building a 1956 Mint Set of US Coins: As Complex as You Make It

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. [Editor’s note: The original column first appeared in the PCGS E-Zine newsletter of February 26, 2013. —CoinWeek] Six years ago, we took an in-depth look at what it would take to build a competitive PCGS Set Registry 1956 Mint Set, evaluating each coin released by the […]

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PCGS Embeds NFC Technology in Coin and Bank Note Holders

 
PCGS-graded coin and banknote holders now feature an NFC symbol on the obverse of the label. Coin holders also feature this symbol on the front bottom left of the holder. (Image courtesy of Professional Coin Grading Service)
Professional Coin Grading Service will begin embedding Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in all its encapsulated coins, medals, tokens, and banknotes in October 2020, the company announced in an Oct

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PCGS Announces NFC Technology Included in All Coin, Currency Holders

Professional Coin Grading Service leads numismatic hobby with a massive leap forward in anti-counterfeiting technology   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has announced that it will begin embedding Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in all its encapsulated coins, medals, tokens, and banknotes in October 2020. This revolutionary advancement launches after an initial limited rollout earlier […]

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PCGS 2020 Quarter Quest Winners Split $2,000 Prize for 2020-W Vermont Quarter

Two Collectors Splitting $2,000 Prize After Submitting First 2020-W Vermont Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarters for Grading by Professional Coin Grading Service   The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Quarter Quest 2020 recently yielded two more winners with the release of the 2020-W Vermont Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarter, released by the United States Mint […]

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PCGS 2020 Quarter Quest Winners Split $2,000 Prize for 2020-W Vermont Quarter

Two Collectors Splitting $2,000 Prize After Submitting First 2020-W Vermont Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarters for Grading by Professional Coin Grading Service   The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Quarter Quest 2020 recently yielded two more winners with the release of the 2020-W Vermont Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarter, released by the United States Mint […]

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The Paper Money Coin of 1574 – The First Paper Currency of Europe

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Netherlands Leiden 1574 Siege ¼ Gulden, PCGS XF40 Paper money requires a sacrifice, as they are not of any intrinsic value. It has a value that is assigned to the piece and based on a fiat or faith-based system that requires users to accept it for a particular value. […]

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Three iconic coin dealers inducted into PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame

Professional Coin Grading Service Names Bruce Amspacher, Greg Roberts, and Catherine Bullowa-Moore for Prestigious Honor
(Santa Ana, California) September 24, 2020 — Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has named three longtime coin dealers and numismatic leaders to the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame. Every year, PCGS inducts a small handful of distinguished dealers into the Hall of Fame, and this year the world’s premier third-party grading service is adding the names of three well-deserving individuals to the hall of numismatic luminaries

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Three Iconic Coin Dealers Inducted Into PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame

Professional Coin Grading Service Names Bruce Amspacher, Greg Roberts, and Catherine Bullowa-Moore to Hall   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has named three longtime coin dealers and numismatic leaders to the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame. Every year, PCGS inducts a small handful of distinguished dealers into the Hall of Fame, and this […]

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The Circulation Strike 1841 $2.50 Little Princess Quarter Eagle

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The 1841 $2.50 “Little Princess” Quarter Eagle symbolizes one of the most controversial numismatic reclassifications in recent years. A coin long regarded as a proof-only issue, the 1841 Quarter Eagle was determined by numerous coin experts to have been struck as both a Proof and a circulation strike. The […]

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Three iconic coin dealers inducted into PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame

Professional Coin Grading Service Names Bruce Amspacher, Greg Roberts, and Catherine Bullowa-Moore for Prestigious Honor
(Santa Ana, California) September 24, 2020 — Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has named three longtime coin dealers and numismatic leaders to the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame. Every year, PCGS inducts a small handful of distinguished dealers into the Hall of Fame, and this year the world’s premier third-party grading service is adding the names of three well-deserving individuals to the hall of numismatic luminaries

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Understanding the 1938-D D Over S Buffalo Nickel Variety

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Buffalo Nickel series, running from 1913 through 1938 and designed by James Earle Fraser, yields many rare and alluring varieties. These include rare overdates, scarce doubled dies, and even missing anatomy on the bison that appears on the reverse of the coin. And then there is the fascinating […]

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The Bob R. Simpson Collection debuts at $14.6 million at Heritage Auctions

The results exceeded every expectation I had
— Bob R. Simpson

Dallas, Texas (September 21, 2020) — “Numismatic royalty

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New Jersey Coppers: Engraver Walter Mould Leaves His Mark

By Gordon Wrubel for for PCGS …… In 1881 Dr. Edward Maris published his comprehensive study of the New Jersey copper die varieties. These were described and classified with a number for the obverse and letter for the reverse die. Example: 6-D, 18-M, 63-r. Nearly all the famous collectors of the 19th century such as […]

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The Bob R. Simpson Collection debuts at $14.6 million at Heritage Auctions

The results exceeded every expectation I had
— Bob R. Simpson

Dallas, Texas (September 21, 2020) — “Numismatic royalty

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to sell collection of Larry H. Miller, Utah jazz owner, for nearly 25 years

1804 Draped Bust dollar, PCGS PR-65. Courtesy of Stack’s Bowers Galleries

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to sell collection of Larry H. Miller, Utah jazz owner, for nearly 25 years

1804 Draped Bust dollar, PCGS PR-65. Courtesy of Stack’s Bowers Galleries

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Why Some Liberty Seated Coins Have Arrows by the Date

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Liberty Seated coinage, one of the longest-running motifs on United States coins, remains one of the most popular and widely collected 19th-century types. These coins were produced at a time when it was standard for multiple denominations to share a common design, as was the case with the […]

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The 1936 Delaware Tercentenary Commemorative Half Dollar

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… When it comes to commemorative coins, 1936 was one of the busiest years in United States Mint history. Some 21 distinct issues were minted that year, not even accounting for the numerous mintmark variations and some of the rare Proof and special presentation strikes that were also made that […]

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A Closer Look at the Series of 1896 $2 Silver Certificate

By Cory Williams for PCGS …… The Series of 1896 Silver Certificates are referred to as the “Educational Series” in the hobby due to the design on the $1 “History Instructing Youth” issue. All three denominations in this series consist of elaborate allegorical artwork on the face of the note that makes one forget for […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #141: Precious Metals in Antiquity (with Mike Markowitz)

 CoinWeek Podcast #141: Precious Metals in Antiquity (with Mike Markowitz) Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Today on the Coinweek Podcast, CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series expert Mike Markowitz returns this week for another solo show. In this episode, Mike takes a […]

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A Closer Look at the Republic of Texas 1843 25¢ Exchequer Bill

By Cory Williams for PCGS …… Prior to being admitted to the union as the 28th state, Texas existed as a republic from 1836 to 1846. Famous Texan Sam Houston would be elected as president of the Republic of Texas twice, the second time rigorously overseeing the final issue of Texas paper money before statehood. […]

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PCGS Grades Rare 20th-Century Russian Gold Coin

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… There are many fantastic numismatic rarities among Russian coinage. One such coin is the Russian 1906 5 Roubles, which has a mintage of only 10 pieces. It is a stopper for anyone hoping to complete a set of 20th-century gold or Nicholas II 5 Roubles gold coin sets. One […]

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PCGS will grade historic colorized United States Mint coins

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2020 Basketball Hall of Fame coins will be a first for the Mint
(Santa Ana, California) — August 26, 2020 — Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) will grade and have special insert labels for colorized 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame clad half dollars and silver dollars, the first colorized coins to ever be officially issued by the United States Mint

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PCGS to Grade Historic Colorized United States Mint Coins

2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Coins will be a first for the Mint   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) will grade and have special insert labels for colorized 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Clad Half Dollars and Silver Dollars, the first colorized coins to ever be officially issued by the United States Mint. These special […]

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PCGS to Grade Historic Colorized United States Mint Coins

2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Coins will be a first for the Mint   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) will grade and have special insert labels for colorized 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Clad Half Dollars and Silver Dollars, the first colorized coins to ever be officially issued by the United States Mint. These special […]

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PCGS will grade historic colorized United States Mint coins

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(Santa Ana, California) — August 26, 2020 — Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) will grade and have special insert labels for colorized 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame clad half dollars and silver dollars, the first colorized coins to ever be officially issued by the United States Mint

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Second-Finest Known 1884-CC $10, Submitted in Box of Bullion Gold, Certified by PCGS

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… It has been a long-known and open secret that tons of United States gold coins are in Europe, especially France. Anyone who has gone to the coin shops on the Rue Vivienne and surrounding areas in Paris can simply look at the window displays and see gold coins from […]

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The Coinage of the Barbary Pirate States

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The contemporary United States is no stranger to overseas war. This was not always the case, however, at least not until President Thomas Jefferson took the then-unusual step of protecting American interests abroad, setting a precedent that continues today. The result would be two wars fought by Americans and […]

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PCI Silver Eagles versus PCI Morgan dollars, Part II

In my last column, I noted how I purposely sent two PCI Morgan dollars with specific PCI Silver Eagles bearing similar toning and patterns, testing PCGS to see if it would cross over the Morgans.
My “Economy” submission came back with graded Eagles and DNC (Did Not Cross) Morgan dollars, as depicted in the photo below

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Coin designer Justin Kunz signs exclusive Basketball Hall of Fame coin Signature PCGS labels

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The celebrated United States Mint designer is hand signing PCGS labels to be paired with Basketball Hall of Fame Coins
(Santa Ana, California) — Coin designer Justin Kunz is autographing Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) labels being paired with 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame commemorative coins

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A Closer Look at the Series of 1886 $2 Silver Certificate

By Cory Williams for PCGS …… While Silver Certificates began in 1878, the Series of 1886 would be the first issuance of denominations smaller than $10. These lower denominations would see a lot of circulation given their smaller face values and the fact that they were frequently substituted for the heavy silver dollars that people […]

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Coin designer Justin Kunz signs exclusive Basketball Hall of Fame coin Signature PCGS labels

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The celebrated United States Mint designer is hand signing PCGS labels to be paired with Basketball Hall of Fame Coins
(Santa Ana, California) — Coin designer Justin Kunz is autographing Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) labels being paired with 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame commemorative coins

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PCI Silver Eagles versus PCI Morgan dollars, Part II

In my last column, I noted how I purposely sent two PCI Morgan dollars with specific PCI Silver Eagles bearing similar toning and patterns, testing PCGS to see if it would cross over the Morgans.
My “Economy” submission came back with graded Eagles and DNC (Did Not Cross) Morgan dollars, as depicted in the photo below

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Coin Designer Justin Kunz Signs Exclusive Basketball Hall of Fame PCGS Signature Labels

Celebrated United States Mint designer hand-signing PCGS labels paired with Basketball Hall of Fame coins   United States coin designer Justin Kunz is autographing Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) labels being paired with 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame commemorative coins. Kunz designed the common obverse of the 2020 commemorative coins honoring the Naismith Memorial Basketball […]

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The Indian Head Gold Coins That Caused a Panic Over Germs

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Indian Head Quarter Eagle and Half Eagle were struck from 1908 through 1929 as continuations of two gold denominations that trace back to the 1790s. The Indian Head gold coins of $2.50 and $5 face values, designed by noted Boston artist Bela Lyon Pratt, are beautiful on the […]

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Extremely Rare 1851 Proof Three Cent Silver Certified by PCGS

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… With a mintage of four examples the 1851 Proof Three Cent Silver is an American numismatic rarity. It has been written that these mere four coins were struck with the passage of the authorization of the Act of March 3, 1851, which authorized the United States Mint to produce […]

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PCGS 50 Days of Summer Specials loaded with hot deals

Professional Coin Grading Service Offering a Variety of Limited-Time Submission and Grading Discounts, Other Specials
(Santa Ana, California) August 5, 2020 — Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is rolling out many exciting offers for those who submit and grade their coins, banknotes, medals, and tokens through September 22, 2020. These valuable limited-time deals include free return shipping and major discounts for add-on services

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PCGS Quarter Quest winners split $2,000 prize for finding 2020-W U.S. Virgin Islands quarter

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Two PCGS 2020 Quarter Quest Winners Split $2,000 Prize

Two lucky winners of the PCGS 2020 Quarter Quest will split the $2,000 prize for finding the W quarters for the new coin of the America the Beautiful quarter series: Salt River Bay National Historic Park. (Images courtesy Professional Coin Grading Service)
The PCGS 2020 Quarter Quest continues at Professional Coin Grading Service with the release of the 2020-W U.S

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PCGS Quarter Quest winners split $2,000 prize for finding 2020-W U.S. Virgin Islands quarter

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PCGS Quarter Quest Winners Split $2,000 Prize for 2020-W U.S. Virgin Islands Quarter

Two Collectors Receive Grand Prize for Finding First 2020-W U.S. Virgin Islands Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve Quarter to be Graded by Professional Coin Grading Service   The PCGS 2020 Quarter Quest continues at Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) with the release of the 2020-W U.S. Virgin Islands Salt River Bay […]

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PCGS 50 Days of Summer Specials loaded with hot deals

Professional Coin Grading Service Offering a Variety of Limited-Time Submission and Grading Discounts, Other Specials
(Santa Ana, California) August 5, 2020 — Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is rolling out many exciting offers for those who submit and grade their coins, banknotes, medals, and tokens through September 22, 2020. These valuable limited-time deals include free return shipping and major discounts for add-on services

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PCI Silver Eagles versus PCI Morgan dollars

I have been collecting PCGS Silver Eagles for more than six years, marveling at their toning. You can see my PCGS Showcase set by clicking here

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PCGS adds three senior collectibles experts, two tenured team members promoted

New Acquisitions Lead Corporate, Coin & Banknote Departments
(Santa Ana, California) — Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) recently welcomed to its team three key professionals with rich numismatic expertise and business experience. Joining the company are longtime collector and seasoned business executive David Steinberger as Vice President of Customer Experience, numismatist Sanjay C

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PCGS 50 Days of Summer Specials Loaded With Hot Deals

PCGS Offering a Variety of Limited-Time Submission and Grading Discounts, Other Specials   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is rolling out several new offers for those who send in and grade their coins, banknotes, medals, and tokens through September 22, 2020. These valuable limited-time deals include free return shipping and major discounts for add-on services. […]

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PCGS Adds Senior Collectibles Experts, Two Tenured Team Members Promoted

New Acquisitions Lead Corporate, Coin & Banknote Departments   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) recently welcomed to its team three key professionals with rich numismatic expertise and business experience. Joining the company are longtime collector and seasoned business executive David Steinberger as Vice President of Customer Experience, numismatist Sanjay C. Gandhi as World Coins Content […]

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What Are Bullion Coins?

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… There is a significant share of numismatics and the coin market that is driven by one factor: the metallic value of the coin. These coins that follow the fluctuation of metals markets are considered bullion coins. Bullion coins can consist of precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, and […]

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PCGS adds three senior collectibles experts, two tenured team members promoted

New Acquisitions Lead Corporate, Coin & Banknote Departments
(Santa Ana, California) — Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) recently welcomed to its team three key professionals with rich numismatic expertise and business experience. Joining the company are longtime collector and seasoned business executive David Steinberger as Vice President of Customer Experience, numismatist Sanjay C

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PCI Silver Eagles versus PCI Morgan dollars

I have been collecting PCGS Silver Eagles for more than six years, marveling at their toning. You can see my PCGS Showcase set by clicking here

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Bob R. Simpson Part I Auction announced for September 17, 2020

Heritage Auctions to offer significant selections from one of the greatest-ever coin collections into 2021
Dallas, Texas (July 30, 2020) — Bob Simpson, the Texas energy executive and philanthropist, is as legendary in numismatic circles as the momentous United States coins he collects. And in coming months, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will offer some of the greatest rarities found in Simpson’s historic assemblage — or anywhere else in the world

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Surprise! Couple Finds Out Their Gold Coin is Worth $100,000+

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The recently found 1870-CC Liberty Head Double Eagle now graded PCGS VF30. Images courtesy PCGS. We’ve all heard the stories from coin dealers of folks who bring coins into the shop for appraisal or sale only to tell them the pieces they delivered were worth far less than the […]

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Bob R. Simpson Part I Auction announced for September 17, 2020

Heritage Auctions to offer significant selections from one of the greatest-ever coin collections into 2021
Dallas, Texas (July 30, 2020) — Bob Simpson, the Texas energy executive and philanthropist, is as legendary in numismatic circles as the momentous United States coins he collects. And in coming months, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will offer some of the greatest rarities found in Simpson’s historic assemblage — or anywhere else in the world

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The French Republican Coin Dating System

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The French Revolution brought about the First French Republic, which brought about sweeping changes to remove religious and royalist influences across France and its government institutions. One such change came to its calendar, which would be changed and used by the French Republic for 12 years – including on […]

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Historic collections of United States coins and exonumia offered in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2020 Las Vegas Auction

1793 Wreath cent, S-NC-3 Strawberry Leaf, VG10BN, Parmelle Collection. Images by Professional Coin Grading Service

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The Coinage of Manchukuo and the Last Emperor of China

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The Last Emperor On March 1, 1932, a man by the name of Puyi became the Datong, or chief executive, of Manchukuo. It was just six days earlier that Puyi had accepted the offer with a drunken party to celebrate this event. This celebration included a wide variety of […]

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The Great du Pont Coin Robbery… and Recovery

By Mike Garofalo for PCGS ……   Thursday, October 5, 1967, was a really terrific day for this author. I was 14 years old, a freshman in high school, and my beloved Boston Red Sox had just played Game 2 of baseball’s 1967 World Series. The Sox pitching ace, Jim Lonborg, shut out the St. […]

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The Last Coinage of Portuguese India

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Throughout the long and complicated history of Colonial India, Portugal had the longest span of all the European colonizers. Beginning as early as 1498, colonial rule by Portugal continued in India until 1961 — a full 13 years past 1948, when British colonial control famously ended and India became […]

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Annexing the District of Columbia & U.S. Territories to the 50 State Quarters Program

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The 50 State Quarters program was one of the most successful and ambitious United States Mint coin design programs of the last five decades. When it was launched in 1999, the Statehood Quarters initiative captured the imagination of an entire nation, making evening news headlines as each new quarter […]

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PCGS Banknote Grades Ultra-Rare $1,000 Grand Watermelon Note

The 1890 $1,000 Grand Watermelon was the first banknote to cross the million-dollar threshold at auction   The finest known example of the ultra-rare 1890 $1,000 “Grand Watermelon” Treasury Note, which in 2005 became the first banknote to bring $1 million at auction, has been certified and graded by PCGS Banknote. Issued in $100 as […]

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PCGS Banknote grades ultra-rare $1,000 Grand Watermelon note

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(Santa Ana, California, July 9, 2020) — The finest-known example of the ultra-rare 1890 $1,000 “Grand Watermelon” Treasury Note, which in 2005 became the first banknote to bring $1 million at auction, has been certified and graded by PCGS Banknote

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Early U.S. Coins – The Gold Coins of Templeton Reid

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Privately minted gold coins from the first decades of the United States have always intrigued numismatists. Though these coins were not minted by the United States Mint, they were integral to the regional economic systems in which they circulated. And while many associate privately minted gold with the American […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries announces schedule for August 5-7, 2020 Auction at Bellagio Hotel and Casino — Las Vegas

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The 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Commemorative Silver Dollar

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… One of the most significant pieces of socioeconomic legislation ever passed in the United States was the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This set of laws helped bring an end to de jure segregation in public places and public accommodations while legally ensuring that all Americans were to be […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries announces schedule for August 5-7, 2020 Auction at Bellagio Hotel and Casino — Las Vegas

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Counterfeit Mintmarks? Watch Out for Embossed Mintmarks

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The presence or lack of a particular mintmark can make or break the difference in the price of a coin. Consider, for example, the values of coins from so many popular series minted during the late 19th and 20th centuries. A 1916 Mercury Dime without a mintmark? It’s worth […]

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PCGS confirms new 1795 Flowing Hair half dollar variety

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First major variety discovery of that early half dollar date in nearly a century
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PCGS confirms new 1795 Flowing Hair half dollar variety

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First major variety discovery of that early half dollar date in nearly a century
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PCGS Confirms New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Variety

First major variety discovery of that Early Half Dollar date in nearly a century   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has confirmed a new die marriage for the 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar. The coin was struck with a previously unknown obverse die and is now recognized as the new Overton 133 variety. It is […]

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New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Variety Confirmed

A new die marriage for the 1795 Flowing Hair half dollar has been identified by Professional Coin Grading Service, the firm announced June 30. The coin was struck with a previously unknown obverse die and is now recognized as the new Overton 133 variety.
It is the first new major die variety to be discovered on a 1795 Flowing Hair half dollar in more than 90 years, according to PCGS

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New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Variety Confirmed

A new die marriage for the 1795 Flowing Hair half dollar has been identified by Professional Coin Grading Service, the firm announced June 30. The coin was struck with a previously unknown obverse die and is now recognized as the new Overton 133 variety

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A Closer Look at the Series of 1918 $2 Battleship Note

By Cory Williams for PCGS ……   Back of Series of 1918 “Battleship Note” $2 Federal Reserve Bank Note, courtesy of Heritage Auctions While the terminology sounds almost the same, Federal Reserve Bank Notes differ from Federal Reserve Notes in the language of which entity will be paying to the bearer on demand. “FRBNs”, as […]

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Encore Dollars: Dollar Coins That Came Back One More Time

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ……   Many coin series come and go, never to be struck again. And others take a numismatic bow only to hit the stage one more time for a surprise encore appearance some years later. Many United States coins have come back after years absent from the production schedule, as […]

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National Commemorative Medals of the United States Mint

By BJ Searls for PCGS …… Over the last several years, PCGS has been grading more and more tokens and medals and interest in these items is increasing. And one of the relatively recent additions to the PCGS Set Registry® is the National Commemorative Medals of the United States Mint (1940-Present) set. This 182-item set […]

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Abraham Lincoln: A Numismatic Legacy Considered

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for PCGS …… [Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the PCGS E-Zine newsletter on November 6, 2012 and has been updated to its current form. —CoinWeek] Prelude to War On January 12, 1848, a 39-year-old Whig congressman from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln took to the House floor and […]

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A Few Shared Design Elements on U.S. Coins You May Not Have Noticed

By Mike Sherman for PCGS …… From its beginnings in 1793 through the end of the 19th century, most U.S. coins have shared a common design theme. The Draped Bust design introduced on the silver dollar in 1795 ended up being employed on the half cent, the cent, the half dime, the dime, the quarter, […]

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The Most Important Coin Program of Our Lifetime: 50 State Quarters

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for PCGS …… (Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on PCGS.com and has been updated to its current form.)  While the pomp and circumstance surrounding the 50 State Quarters program is over two decades behind us, it is hard to conceive of any future program that will have as […]

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PCGS Coin Quest 2020 winners announced

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(Santa Ana, California, May 30, 2020) — The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Coin Quest 2020 has come to an exciting end with the recognition of two winners! The quest, which kicked off early in the year, challenged collectors to find circulating examples of 2020 Philadelphia and Denver cents, nickels, and dimes and to be among the first to submit them to PCGS for a coveted PCGS Early Find label

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2020 Basketball Coin Labels From PCGS, Exclusive Partner With Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

As the world of professional sports begins emerging from hibernation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is laying up a one-of-a-kind opportunity for collectors to score special labels and other exclusive offers on PCGS-graded 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame coins. These dome-shaped commemorative coins are finally hitting the courts […]

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PCGS Coin Quest 2020 winners announced

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(Santa Ana, California, May 30, 2020) — The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Coin Quest 2020 has come to an exciting end with the recognition of two winners! The quest, which kicked off early in the year, challenged collectors to find circulating examples of 2020 Philadelphia and Denver cents, nickels, and dimes and to be among the first to submit them to PCGS for a coveted PCGS Early Find label

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PCGS Coin Quest 2020 Winners Announced

The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Coin Quest 2020 has come to an exciting end with the recognition of two winners. The quest, which kicked off early in the year, challenged collectors to find circulating examples of 2020 Philadelphia and Denver cents, nickels, and dimes and to be among the first to submit them to […]

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The Canadian Silver Dollars of 1935-67

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The coins of Canada attract collectors from all around the world with their beautiful, nature-themed designs and motifs of British royalty spanning back to the long and colorful reign of Queen Victoria. Of all the coins struck for Canada since its provincial days in the late 1850s, among the […]

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Why Are Full Bands 1945 Philadelphia Mercury Dimes Scarce?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Mercury dime specialists and anybody else who loves nicely struck examples of these mid-20th-century silver coins knows that examples with Full Bands (FB) details are among the most desirable. But certain issues are scarcer with fully struck horizontal bands across the fasces than others. And among the scarcest of […]

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America’s First “Penny”: The 1793 AMERI. Flowing Hair Cent

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… After the founding of the United States in 1776, a variety of privately issued coins, medals, and tokens served alongside foreign coinage to provide the new nation with small but decent supplies of money for everyday commerce. But the concept of national sovereignty is cemented not only by charters […]

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Collecting the Special Mint Set Coins of 1965-1967

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The mid-1960s was a colorful time in American numismatics, with the United States Mint making a series of changes to accommodate a terrible coin shortage brought on by widespread hoarding of 90% silver circulating dimes, quarters, and half dollars as the price of silver rose. To lessen the cost […]

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Collecting the Special Mint Set Coins of 1965-1967

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ……   The mid-1960s was a colorful time in American numismatics, with the United States Mint making a series of changes to accommodate a terrible coin shortage brought on by widespread hoarding of 90% silver circulating dimes, quarters, and half dollars as the price of silver rose. To lessen the […]

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Replacing the Large Cent With the Small Cent: A New Era

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The United States one-cent coin was, along with the half cent, among the first denominations ever coined by the United States Mint for mass distribution and circulation in 1793. The nation’s early one-cent coins are much larger in diameter than those produced since those of the current size and […]

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PCGS considers additional members-only shows to offset COVID-19 effects

The following announcement is a message on May 5, 2020, from Brett Charville, President of Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS).
The numismatic hobby, like seemingly every other part of our lives, finds itself at a crossroads

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PCGS Considers Additional Members Only Shows to Offset COVID-19 Effects

The numismatic hobby, like seemingly every other part of our lives, finds itself at a crossroads. How and when will it be safe to go back to everyday normal life? Is what we consider “normal” going to be normal at all? The world is on edge, and it’s no different in the world of numismatics. […]

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PCGS considers additional members-only shows to offset COVID-19 effects

The following announcement is a message on May 5, 2020, from Brett Charville, President of Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS).
The numismatic hobby, like seemingly every other part of our lives, finds itself at a crossroads

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Victor David Brenner & His Lincoln Cent

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Lincoln cent collectors new and seasoned alike know the three ubiquitous letters of their specialty. These are the letters “VDB”, which boldly appear on the reverse of the scarce 1909 VDB and rare 1909-S VDB Lincoln cents and the obverse of all Lincoln cents made since 1918. For many, […]

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Stack’s Bowers Presents The May 2020 “Pop-Up” Collectors Choice Online Ancient & World Coin Auction

No Reserve Live Auction May 13, 2020 at 10:00 am PT   With most of the world still paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic and coin shows becoming a distant—albeit fond—memory for many, Stack’s Bowers Galleries has decided upon an exciting change of pace. While our next regularly scheduled series of Collectors Choice Online auctions […]

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The 2000 United States Millennium Coinage & Currency Set Turns 20

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The anticipation surrounding the dawning of the new millennium had been building for many years by the time calendars finally changed to the year 2000. While flying cars were nowhere to be seen, the arrival of the third millennium “Anno Domini” was greeted by a throng of numismatic promotional […]

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PCGS California office has resumed operations

Dear valued collectors and customers,
We’re happy to announce that PCGS is re-opening the operations of our Orange County, California office.
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Limited Edition Apollo 13 Coins With Astronaut Autograph

A very limited number of 2019 Apollo gold, silver, and clad commemorative coins have been graded and encapsulated by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) with special Apollo 13 50th anniversary inserts, each autographed by Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise to commemorate his historic mission. Fewer than three hundred of these coins across all denominations have […]

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PCGS California office has resumed operations

Dear valued collectors and customers,
We’re happy to announce that PCGS is re-opening the operations of our Orange County, California office.
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Notable Notes: The “Lincoln Porthole” $5 Silver Certificate

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… This article marks the debut of a new regular segment called “Notable Notes”, in which we profile a particularly remarkable piece of paper money that our graders at the newly launched PCGS Banknote have come across. We kick off this new segment with one of the more popular 20th-century […]

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PCGS Resuming Coin Grading Operations in California

By PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) …… Dear Valued Collectors and Customers, Today we’re happy to announce that PCGS is re-opening the operations of our Orange County, California office. For decades, as the only publicly traded (NASDAQ: CLCT) third party grading service, and the undisputed market leader in coin grading, PCGS’ slogan has been, “PCGS: […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #132: The Gold Market in a Time of Crisis (with Kitco’s Peter Hug)

  CoinWeek Podcast #132: The Gold Market in a Time of Crisis (with Kitco’s Peter Hug) Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This week on the CoinWeek Podcast, precious metals expert Peter Hug joins me to share his insights into the current […]

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Limited edition Apollo 13 coins with astronaut autograph

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PCGS Grades and Certifies Fred Haise Signed Commemorative Coins
Kennedy Space Center, Florida (April 4, 2020) — A very limited number of 2019 Apollo gold, silver, and clad commemorative coins have been graded and encapsulated by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) with special Apollo 13 50th anniversary inserts, each autographed by Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise to commemorate his historic mission

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1992 Silver Proof Sets – The Return to Silver

1992 Silver Proof Set By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The year 1992 marked an important milestone for coin collectors who longed for the return of 90% silver Roosevelt dimes, Washington quarters, and Kennedy half dollars. For the first time since 1964, those three series were produced in 90% silver compositions and included in special […]

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No FG Kennedy Half Dollars – What Are They & What Are They Worth?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Kennedy half dollars are among the most popular United States coins, offering a wide variety of common dates, conditional rarities, and notable varieties. Among these varieties are the No FG Kennedy half dollars, which lack the “FG” initials of the coin’s reverse designer Frank Gasparro. No FG Kennedy half […]

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PCGS-certified Pogue 1804 U.S. silver dollar sold for $1.44 million by Stack’s Bowers

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(March 25, 2020) — Known as “The King of American Coins,” an 1804 United States Draped Bust dollar certified by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) as PCGS PR-55 was sold for $1,440,000 by Stack’s Bowers Galleries on March 20, 2020

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Type I and II 1979 and 1981 Susan B. Anthony Dollars

  By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Susan B. Anthony dollars belong to one of the shortest-lived coin series in United States history, and they were surely among the least popular coins ever issued for the general public. But the first (and so far only) small-size, copper-nickel clad dollar ever made by the United States […]

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Frank Gasparro and His Coins

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… There are few numismatic artists of the mid-20th century as prolific as Frank Gasparro, a man whose coin designs are known to hundreds of millions of Americans, even if his name isn’t familiar to all. He created some of the most widely familiar coin designs ever minted. His artistic […]

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PCGS Re-Opens U.S. Grading Operations, Resumes Coin Grading

By Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) ……   Orange County, California has clarified its emergency order and is now allowing businesses, including Collectors Universe, to resume operations. As a result, Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) will resume operations, effective immediately. As evident by the multiple policy changes, the situation remains extremely […]

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PCGS Announces Office Closure; Temporarily Suspends U.S. Grading Operations

by PCGS…. Dear Valued Customer, Late today, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Orange County, California issued an emergency order declaring nonessential businesses that operate within the county to close, effective immediately, through March 31, 2020. As such, Collectors Universe and its Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) […]

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Exclusive PCGS Autographed Basketball Hall of Fame Coin COAs at Final Four Fan Fest

Attendees can have COAs signed April 4 in Atlanta by the United States Mint Director, the coins’ designers, and NBA Hall of Famers   Sports enthusiasts who buy the 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (NMBHOF) commemorative coins on their launch day, April 4, 2020, at the Final Four Fan Fest in Atlanta, Georgia, […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #129: PCGS Programs for Modern Coins 2020-2021

 CoinWeek Podcast #127: How Coin Writer Chris Bulfinch Sees the Hobby Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This week on the CoinWeek Podcast, Joe Pielago, PCGS Business Development Manager, joins us to talk about his company’s plans to promote modern coin […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #129: PCGS Programs for Modern Coins 2020-21

 CoinWeek Podcast #129: PCGS Programs for Modern Coins 2020-21 Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This week on the CoinWeek Podcast, Charles talks to Joe Pielago, Business Development Manager at PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), joins us to talk about his […]

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Coins of Transylvania and Dracula, Vlad the Impaler

By Dylan Dominguez for PCGS …… Transylvania, as stated in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula (1897), was “one of the wildest and least-known portions of Europe”. It is also known in Bram Stoker’s novel as the home of where the fictional character was created, based on the Romanian ruler, Vlad III Dracula. Although Vlad III Dracula […]

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Rare Georgia Gold Rush Coin Brings Record $480,000 in Atlanta

Historic coin is “coming back home”   A small gold coin with a face value of $2.50 when it was struck in northern Georgia in 1830 sold for a record price of $480,000 USD to an anonymous Georgia collector in an auction in Atlanta Thursday night, February 27, 2020. It is one of the finest […]

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Rare Georgia Gold Rush coin brings record $480,000 in Atlanta

A rare Georgia Gold Rush-era Templeton Reid $2.50 denomination gold coin made in 1830 was sold at auction in Atlanta for a record price of $480,000 by Kagin’s, Inc

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Ahead of Its Time – The Alcohol-Fueled Car Medals of 1901-1902

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The debate about environmental issues, natural resources, and technological improvements are more relevant than ever before. Yet, two French gold medals submitted for certification to the Shanghai, China, PCGS office are evidence of the technology that existed 120 years ago. Using alcohol or ethanol as fuel is not new […]

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Collecting US Coins: Type vs Variety vs…?

By Mike Sherman for PCGS …… The categorization of U.S. coins into types, sub-types, major varieties, minor or sub-varieties, and die varieties is far from a straightforward process. Some modifications (such as the 1913 Type 1 and Type 2 Buffalo nickels) have long been recognized as major varieties, noted prominently in the Redbook and included […]

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The Affordable Yet Scarce 1939-D & 1950-D Jefferson Nickel Keys Dates

By Jon Garner for PCGS …… Jefferson nickels have been around since 1938, but despite the long run of this popular series, it has not spawned many truly rare dates among the regular issues. Only a handful of regular-issue business strikes saw mintages of less than 10 million pieces, but there two circulation issues saw […]

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PCGS Graded 21 of Top 25 Most-Expensive United States Coins Sold in 2019

Including A $3.96 Million Coin That Crossed Over To PCGS Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) closed the books on 2019 by proudly announcing that 20 of the 25 most-expensive United States coins sold at public auction this past year were in PCGS slabs. That number climbs to 21 when counting a rarity that was certified […]

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Penny Pincher Coins launches PennyPincherAuctions.com, their Internet-only rare coin and currency auction platform

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Collecting 1943 Lincoln Steel Cents

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… There are few 20th-century coins as popular with numismatists and non-numismatists alike as 1943 Lincoln Steel cents. Struck as an emergency measure to help save copper for ammunition shells to be used by Allied Forces during World War II, 1943 Lincoln Steel cents are a product of war-era rationing […]

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The Goldberg’s Pre-Long Beach Auction, February 16-19, 2020, featuring the Douglas F. Bird Collection, the Great Pacific Collection, the Nancy and Bryan Collection, the Widok Collection, and more

The Goldberg’s Pre-Long Beach Auction featuring the Douglas F. Bird Collection, the Great Pacific Collection, the Nancy and Bryan Collection, and the Widok Collection will take place February 16, 2020, at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City

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Unprecedented $50 Million Gold Eagles Tyrant Collection Exhibit at February Long Beach Expo

More than 300 historic U.S. $10 coins in display of unparalleled set   A never-before-seen exhibit of United States $10 eagle gold coins from the extensive Tyrant Collection will be publicly displayed at the February 20-22, 2020 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectibles Expo. The unprecedented display, “Eagles of The Tyrant Collection”, will […]

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Coin Designer Jamie Franki Signs Exclusive PCGS Signature Label Deal

Coin designer Jamie Franki has signed an exclusive deal with Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) to hand autograph label inserts for certified coins bearing his designs. PCGS is excited to announce this partnership in time for the first of three 2020-W Jefferson nickels released in this year’s U.S. uncirculated, proof, and silver proof sets, all […]

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Coin designer Jamie Franki signs exclusive PCGS Signature Label deal

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(February 10, 2020) — Coin designer Jamie Franki has signed an exclusive deal with Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) to hand autograph label inserts for certified coins bearing his designs

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5 Iconic Unique US Coins You Can’t Own

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… As many numismatists know, several extremely rare United States coins are worth millions of dollars apiece and can ever only be owned by a tiny handful of collectors at any single time. These include famous trophy coins such as the 1913 Liberty nickel, the 1894-S Barber dime, and the […]

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PCGS Paris Office Certifies 1776 Continental Dollar Found in Junk Box for 50 Cents

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Grading in the Paris office for PCGS is always a thrill. The submissions in Europe always trend to yielding treasures not often seen. The last grading event in Paris left seasoned graders blown away with one of these discoveries. In a single coin submission sat a 1776 Continental Currency […]

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Collecting Short Sets – Four Ideal Short Sets for Collectors of US Coins

Short Sets Collecting Strategies By Adrian Chacon for PCGS …… Collecting Short sets  of coins that represents a portion of an entire series. There is a particular range of years which accommodates these sets, and many of these short sets are very popular among collectors. All sets mentioned below can be found in the PCGS […]

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New to Collecting & on a Budget? Where to Begin With Vintage US Coins

By Mike Sherman for PCGS …… Just because you’re not a millionaire doesn’t mean you can’t have a great deal of fun building an interesting coin collection. And because you don’t have a ton of money also doesn’t mean you have to confine your collecting to modern issues. All too often, we focus on the […]

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PCGS Coin Quest Continues in 2020

What is the PCGS Coin Quest? The 2019-W PCGS Quarter Quest, which was a revolutionary competition for bounties and limited special labels on circulating 2019-W America the Beautiful quarters, was a huge success. PCGS is continuing this program with PCGS Coin Quest, a competition offering rewards for lucky collectors who complete the PCGS Coin Quest […]

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Standing Tall Against Controversy and Scandal – The Standing Liberty Quarter

By Mike Garofalo for PCGS …… One of my favorite 20th-century coin designs has always been the Standing Liberty quarter. It replaced the staid and certainly not provocative Barber quarter, which had been struck since 1892. But was the Standing Liberty quarter a controversial coin? Let’s review a quick history of this quarter dollar. In […]

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Magnificent Fenton Collection of New Zealand coins headlines New York International Numismatic Convention auction

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(January 18, 2020) — A collection of rare and popular New Zealand coins certified by the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is turning heads at the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) this week, where it will be offered for sale by Stack’s Bowers Galleries on January 18, 2020

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The 1920 Pilgrim Commemorative Half Dollar Turns 100

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The year 2020 represents a very special duo of commemoratives for numismatists who appreciate Colonial history. Among America’s earliest chapters is the landing of the famous Mayflower, an English ship that carried more than 100 Puritans, collectively known as The Pilgrims, to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620. Prior to disembarking […]

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1958 Doubled Die Remains One of the Most Elusive Lincoln Cent Varieties

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Lincoln cent is one of the most popular United States series, and over its century-plus run that began in 1909 it has spawned a multitude of exciting varieties. Among the rarest breed of these are doubled dies, and many collectors know the most popular pieces by heart, including […]

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Why Was the Mintmark Moved on Walking Liberty Half Dollars ?

Walking Liberty Half Dollars By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Walking Liberty half dollars are widely considered among the most beautiful coins the United States Mint has ever produced. The coin, designed by noted sculptor-engraver Adolph A. Weinman, was struck from 1916 through 1947 and has remained beloved by collectors since the coin was in […]

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Why Was the Mintmark Moved on Walking Liberty Half Dollars ?

Walking Liberty Half Dollars by Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ……   Walking Liberty half dollars are widely considered among the most beautiful coins the United States Mint has ever produced. The coin, designed by noted sculptor-engraver Adolph A. Weinman, was struck from 1916 through 1947 and has remained beloved by collectors since the coin was […]

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Great American Coin Collectors and Their Coins: Thomas Cleneay

By Ron Guth for PCGS …… Thomas Cleneay was among the first and most ambitious coin collectors in America. He started collecting in the 1840s and, over the next four decades, built one of the finest and most complete collections of his time. In each year from 1859 to 1888, Cleneay purchased Proof sets from […]

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Mysterious “E”, “L” Counterstamps on Capped Bust Quarters Intrigue Numismatists

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ……   There are many unusual varieties among early United States Federal-era coinage, but perhaps few are as mysterious as some 1815 and 1825 Capped Bust quarters counterstamped with a single “L” or “E”. In all, there are a total of four different combinations of quarters with the counterstamps, including […]

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The 10th Anniversary of the Lincoln Shield Cent

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… It’s perhaps hard to believe that 10 years have already passed since the first Lincoln Union Shield cent emerged in 2010. It came about as the fifth and final reverse redesign in fewer than 13 months following 2009’s successful four-coin circulating commemorative program showcasing Abraham Lincoln’s colorful life from […]

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Maine Centennial Half Dollar Turns 100 in 2020

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ….. The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Maine Centennial Commemorative half dollar, a coin that was issued in 1920 to honor the 100th anniversary of Maine’s admission to the Union in 1820. As a pre-1930 issue, the Maine Centennial is among the earlier group of Classic United […]

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Rare 1856-S/s Quarters Discovered in Amazing SS Central America Treasure

Nine elusive examples of the large mint mark over small mint mark variety now confirmed from treasure retrieved in 2014   The fabled SS Central America, the famous “Ship of Gold” that sank in 1857 carrying tons of California Gold Rush treasure, continues to surprise and delight the numismatic world. California Gold Marketing Group LLC […]

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The 1970-D Kennedy Half Dollar: A Key Coin Turns 50

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ….. The 1970-D Kennedy half dollar is one of the most underrated of all modern United States coins. Marking the end of an era, it was the last of all circulating-issue United States coinage made with a silver composition. And even though the 1970-D Kennedy half dollar was issued only […]

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PCGS launches exclusive CAC Set Registry program

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November 25, 2019 — Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has announced new PCGS CAC Set Registry composites (sets), which will permit collectors to build collections of PCGS-graded coins that have been awarded a seal of approval from Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC)

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PCGS Launches Exclusive CAC Set Registry Program

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has announced new PCGS CAC Set Registry composites (sets), which will permit collectors to build collections of PCGS-graded coins that have been awarded a seal of approval from Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC). This innovative move gives collectors of these premier PCGS-certified coins the exclusive opportunity to build competitive registry sets […]

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PCGS Banknote Accepting  Paper Money Submissions January 2020

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) will again be authenticating, grading, and certifying United States and world paper money domestically with the launch of a new service, PCGS Banknote (www.PCGS.com/banknote), in early January 2020. The company has successfully provided PCGS Gold Shield brand grading of U.S. and world paper money at its international Asia and Europe offices for the past four years. It now will offer […]

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PCGS announces new dual encapsulation of U.S. Mint serialized COAs alongside 2019 Reverse Proof American Silver Eagles

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PCGS Announces Exclusive APMEX Partnership to Offer New Bullion FirstStrike Service for 2020

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has partnered with APMEX, the largest online retailer of precious metals, to offer an exciting new product geared toward bullion enthusiasts beginning in 2020. It combines APMEX’s popular MintDirect® products with desirable PCGS FirstStrike® certification eligibility. For years, APMEX has had success selling United States Mint products sealed in protective […]

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PCGS Quarter Quest Inspires New Generation of Coin Collectors

  By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. When PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) announced earlier this year a special initiative called Quarter Quest, offering incentives and rewards for the earliest-discovered examples of West Point-minted 2019 America The Beautiful quarters, the news stirred coin collectors and even countless non-numismatists to check their change. Now, as the […]

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PCGS Quarter Quest Inspires New Generation of Coin Collectors

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek …..   When PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) announced earlier this year a special initiative called Quarter Quest, offering incentives and rewards for the earliest-discovered examples of West Point-minted 2019 America The Beautiful quarters, the news stirred coin collectors and even countless non-numismatists to check their change. Now, as the […]

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PCGS announces new dual encapsulation of U.S. Mint serialized COAs alongside 2019 Reverse Proof American Silver Eagles

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PCGS Announces Encapsulation of U.S. Mint Serialized COAs with 2019 Reverse Proof American Silver Eagles

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) will begin encapsulating United States Mint serialized Certificates of Authenticity (COA) alongside the coins they guarantee. The service will also provide a pedigree on the coin insert with the matching serial number. This new service is being launched in conjunction with the new, low-mintage American Eagle 2019 One Ounce Silver […]

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Pedigrees & Hoards: Shipwreck Coins

  By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek …. Thanks to a fellow pedigree collector, I’ve started to add shipwreck coins to my collection. There’s a lot of information available on each shipwreck, and the stories are as interesting as any “land-based” hoard so why not? The nice thing about building any pedigree collection is that you […]

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Four Lucky Collectors Split PCGS Bounty for “First Discovery” of 2019-W Idaho Quarters

Two of the fortunate finders located “Early Circulation” examples Four lucky collectors in Arkansas, Louisiana, Maryland, and Mississippi were the first to submit to Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) examples of the new 2019 America the Beautiful® Program Idaho quarters with the elusive West Point mintmark. The fortunate finder in Arkansas discovered more than 300 […]

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U.S. Coin Designer Emily Damstra Signs Exclusive PCGS Signature Label Deal

Emily Damstra, natural science illustrator and current U.S. Coin designer has signed an exclusive insert label signature deal with Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). Damstra has 11 unique U.S. design credits to her name, including the forthcoming 2019-W Idaho, River of No Return quarter. In addition to designing for coins in the U.S., Emily also […]

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U.S. coin designer Emily Damstra signs exclusive PCGS signature label deal

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All-Time Finest Morgan Dollar PCGS Coin Set Will Be Sold Intact

The all-time finest collection of Morgan silver dollars that was publicly revealed for the first time earlier this year is now being offered for sale intact. Known as The Illinois Set, the collection is ranked all-time finest in five different circulation strike Morgan dollar categories in the popular PCGS Set Registry®. The 117-coin set has […]

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All-time finest Morgan dollars set will be sold intact

(Woodland Hills, California) October 10, 2019 — The all-time finest collection of Morgan silver dollars that was publicly revealed for the first time earlier this year now is being offered for sale intact. Known as The Illinois Set, the collection is ranked all-time finest in five different circulation strike Morgan dollar categories in the popular PCGS Set Registry

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Eye-appealing and high-quality coins reign supreme at Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ 34th Regency Auction

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(Lincroft, NJ — September 27, 2019) Legend Rare Coin Auctions presented its 34th Regency Auction on the evening of September 26, 2019, at the Bellagio, and as usual, high-end quality performed very well

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PCGS grades elusive 1830 large

1830 $5 PCGS PR-62.
Unique example crosses from competing grading service’s PR-63 holder to PCGS PR-62
Rare coins are stars in their own right, but the 1830 Proof $5 gold half eagle is in a class all by itself

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PCGS grades elusive 1830 large

1830 $5 PCGS PR-62.
Unique example crosses from competing grading service’s PR-63 holder to PCGS PR-62
Rare coins are stars in their own right, but the 1830 Proof $5 gold half eagle is in a class all by itself

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Eye-appealing and high-quality coins reign supreme at Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ 34th Regency Auction

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(Lincroft, NJ — September 27, 2019) Legend Rare Coin Auctions presented its 34th Regency Auction on the evening of September 26, 2019, at the Bellagio, and as usual, high-end quality performed very well

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Show report: September Long Beach Expo

The third and final Long Beach Expo for 2019, held on September 5-7, closed out the year with some memorable moments.
The world’s most valuable private coin collection, The Tyrant Collection, had a large and beautiful brightly lit display, showcasing over 400 different coins from the Tyrants of the Seine selection including examples dating from 59 B

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Record-breaking 1975 No S Proof dime quickly re-sold for $516,000

Auction purchase by Mitch Spivack, MonsterCoinMart’s Justin Spivack, and Steven Heller bought days later by avid collector
September 16, 2019 — The most valuable United States modern coin ever sold at auction, a 1975 Proof No S dime, changed hands twice in less than a week, both times for record prices.
The finer of the two known 1975 Proof dimes without the San Francisco “S” mint mark was jointly purchased on September 6, 2019, for $456,000 by modern coin specialist Mitch Spivack along with his son, Justin, owner of MonsterCoinMart in Orange County California, and with collector Steven Heller also as a partner on the deal

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PCGS Announces Partnership with Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

PCGS to create special HOF inserts for certified 2020 basketball commemorative coins   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is partnering with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on a 2020 basketball commemorative coin program. The planned $5 denomination gold, $1 silver and 50-cent clad legal tender coins to be struck by the United States […]

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PCGS announces partnership with Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

As its exclusive grading service, PCGS will create special HOF inserts for certified 2020 basketball commemorative coins
Newport Beach, CA (September 16, 2019) — Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is partnering with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on a 2020 basketball commemorative coin program.
The planned $5 denomination gold, $1 silver, and 50-cent clad legal tender coins to be struck by the United States Mint will honor the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s 60th anniversary

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PCGS announces partnership with Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

As its exclusive grading service, PCGS will create special HOF inserts for certified 2020 basketball commemorative coins
Newport Beach, CA (September 16, 2019) — Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is partnering with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on a 2020 basketball commemorative coin program.
The planned $5 denomination gold, $1 silver, and 50-cent clad legal tender coins to be struck by the United States Mint will honor the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s 60th anniversary

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Six lucky collectors split PCGS bounty for First Discovery 2019-W San Antonio quarters

Two of the fortunate finders just started collecting this year
August 31, 2019 — Five fortunate collectors in Utah and a lucky collector in Texas were the first to submit to Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) examples of the new 2019 America the Beautiful San Antonio Missions National Historical Park quarter-dollars with the coveted West Point mint mark. As part of the continuing PCGS Quarter Quest program, the six will split the $2,000 bounty and each receive $333

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Six Lucky Collectors Split PCGS Bounty for First Discovery 2019-W San Antonio Quarters

Two of the fortunate finders just started collecting this year   Five fortunate collectors in Utah and a lucky collector in Texas were the first to submit to Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) examples of the new 2019 America the Beautiful San Antonio Missions National Historical Park quarter-dollars with the coveted West Point mint mark. […]

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SS Central America Sunken Treasure Gold Dust Now in Grand Format, Certified 5oz Holders

California Gold Rush gold dust housed in elegant PCGS holders   Historic sunken gold treasure, originally discovered by 49ers during the heydays of the California Gold Rush and untouched in the miners’ gold field packets for more than 160 years, is now available in grand format PCGS-certified holders each containing five ounces of the precious […]

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S.S. Central America sunken treasure gold dust now in grand format, certified five-ounce holders

California Gold Rush gold dust housed in elegant PCGS holders
August 29, 2019 — Historic sunken gold treasure, initially discovered by 49ers during the heydays of the California Gold Rush and untouched in the miners’ goldfield packets for more than 160 years, is now available in grand format PCGS-certified holders each containing five ounces of the precious metal. All of the gold dust was recovered from the fabled “Ship of Gold,” the S

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Accidental early release of 2019-W San Antonio quarters surprises lucky collector and PCGS

Coin surprisingly discovered in Texas a week before official release
(Santa Ana, California) August 23, 2019 — Even though the 2019 America the Beautiful series San Antonio Missions National Historical Park quarter-dollars were not scheduled to be released into circulation until August 26, a lucky collector in Texas unexpectedly discovered rolls of them — including two coveted West Point mint mark examples — a week early.
He submitted the 2019-W San Antonio quarters to Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) for certification

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Accidental Early Release of 2019-W San Antonio Quarters Surprises Lucky Collector and PCGS

Coin surprisingly discovered in Texas a week before official release   Even though the 2019 America the Beautiful series San Antonio Missions National Historical Park quarter-dollars were not scheduled to be released into circulation until August 26, a lucky collector in Texas unexpectedly discovered rolls of them – including two coveted West Point Mint mark […]

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U.S. Mint designer and engraver Jim Licaretz signs exclusive PCGS signature label deal

(Santa Ana, California) — Jim Licaretz, a veteran designer from the United States Mint with 38 designer and engraver credits to his name, has signed an exclusive insert label signature deal with Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS).
In addition to serving as president of the American Medallic Sculpture Association the Licaretz initials can be found on a prolific number of issues across nearly every category of U

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PCGS Launches Rarities Holder

Showcase your outstanding rare coins in new PCGS holder   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is now offering a striking new “Rarities” holder option at no additional fee for historic coins that merit special attention. One of the first coins encapsulated in the new, larger holder is the finest known 1913 Liberty Head nickel, graded […]

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U.S. Mint designer and engraver Jim Licaretz signs exclusive PCGS signature label deal

(Santa Ana, California) — Jim Licaretz, a veteran designer from the United States Mint with 38 designer and engraver credits to his name, has signed an exclusive insert label signature deal with Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS).
In addition to serving as president of the American Medallic Sculpture Association the Licaretz initials can be found on a prolific number of issues across nearly every category of U

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PCGS Welcomes New Currency and Coin Grading Experts

The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) team has gained three new members bringing a wide range of numismatic knowledge and business acumen. Well-known banknote and counterfeit expert Bruce Thornton has joined as the Director of Banknote Grading; numismatic educator and vintage coin grader Steve Feltner began a role as Director of Numismatic Education and Outreach; […]

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PCGS team grows with exciting new talent

(Santa Ana, California) August 1, 2019 — The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) team has gained three new members bringing a wide range of numismatic knowledge and business acumen. Well-known banknote and counterfeit expert Bruce Thornton has joined as the Director of Banknote Grading; numismatic educator and vintage coin grader Steve Feltner began a role as Director of Numismatic Education and Outreach, and Michael Oviedo, a business development expert, has taken on the role of Director of International Business

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Legend Numismatics purchases the David Hall $10 Liberty Collection

(Lincroft, NJ) — Legend Numismatics of Lincroft, New Jersey, representing collector Bob R. Simpson of Fort Worth, Texas, has purchased the complete set of $10 Liberty Head gold pieces assembled by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) founder David Hall

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Legend Numismatics purchases the David Hall $10 Liberty Collection

(Lincroft, NJ) — Legend Numismatics of Lincroft, New Jersey, representing collector Bob R. Simpson of Fort Worth, Texas, has purchased the complete set of $10 Liberty Head gold pieces assembled by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) founder David Hall

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U.S. Mint AIP Designer Gary Whitley signs exclusive PCGS signature label deal

(Santa Ana, California) — Gary Whitley, Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) designer from the United States Mint, has signed an exclusive insert label signature deal with Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). Whitley is best known for his work on the circulating America The Beautiful quarters

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Famous 1876-CC 20-cent rarity to be offered by Stack’s Bowers Galleries

A PCGS-Graded MS-65 Example will be a Highlight in their Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money
Santa Ana, California — For a long time the 1876-CC 20-cent piece has been recognized as one of the most famous and most desired of all American coins, and the offering of an example attracts great attention in the numismatic community. Not only is it a great rarity with fewer than 20 pieces believed to exist, but it also possesses the added romance that accompanies coins from the historic and short-lived Carson City Mint

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PCGS announces special limited-edition label for West Point Mint coins

(Santa Ana, California) — On July 1, 2019, Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) announced a limited-edition label available only for coins produced by the West Point Mint with a “W” mint mark. The special design was launched as part of a new set of quarterly specials including free TrueView images, discounted grading fees, and a world coin crossover deal

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to showcase the famous 1894-S dime in their auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, August 15, 2019

Santa Ana, CA — Of all great American coin rarities, the 1894-S dime stands high in the front rank. The appearance of one in the marketplace is always a cause for excitement

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to showcase the famous 1894-S dime in their auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, August 15, 2019

Santa Ana, CA — Of all great American coin rarities, the 1894-S dime stands high in the front rank. The appearance of one in the marketplace is always a cause for excitement

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First public exhibit of recently discovered, rare 1854-S $5 at ANA show

Historic, Gold Rush-era San Francisco half eagle will be featured in museum showcase display courtesy of ANA Governor Brian Hendelson
(Rosemont, Illinois) June 24, 2019 — The fourth known 1854 San Francisco Mint Liberty Head half eagle, discovered just last year and subsequently sold at auction for $2.16 million, will be publicly exhibited for the first time during the American Numismatic Association Chicago World’s Fair of Money, August 13-17, 2019

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Collectors Universe reaches historic milestone by certifying its 75 millionth collectible

Newport Beach, CA — Collectors Universe (NASDAQ: CLCT), the parent company of Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), just surpassed a significant milestone in its 33-year history by certifying its 75 millionth item earlier this week.
“Reaching the 75 million collectibles certified milestone is a testament to the entire staff, both current and former employees, in addition to the unparalleled power of our brands,” said Collectors Universe President and CEO Joe Orlando

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Classic early U.S. type, superb Proof Barbers, Gem silver dollars, and rare gold coins anchor Legend’s Regency Auction 33

Important collections and individual rarities offer “something for everyone” in Vegas
(Lincroft, NJ — June 13, 2019) — Continuing apace for the year with its fourth Regency Auction of 2019, the June 27th auction is being held at the PCGS Members Show at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas and features 514 lots of hand selected, high end, quality rare coins. Anchored by three named collections as a backbone, the selection of coins is diverse and begins in the earliest of federal issues and goes to classic 20th-century issues

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Three Lucky Collectors Find West Point Mint Guam Quarters, Get PCGS Rewards

The thrill of the hunt and the happiness of rewards continue with three more lucky coin finders in the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Quarter Quest. The latest three bounty winners, one each from Georgia, Kentucky, and Utah, were the first to discover and submit to PCGS for authentication and grading examples of the new […]

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Three lucky collectors get PCGS rewards for finding West Point Mint Guam quarters

June 17, 2019 — The thrill of the hunt and the happiness of rewards continue with three more lucky coin finders in the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Quarter Quest.
The latest three bounty winners, one each from Georgia, Kentucky, and Utah, were the first to discover and submit to PCGS for authentication and grading examples of the new 2019-W War in the Pacific National Historical Park quarters

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Fabled S.S. Central America treasure reveals extremely rare, Gem 1856-S dime

Retrieved in latest sunken treasure recovery, top rarity is now graded PCGS MS-65 CAC, tied for finest known
(Brea, California) June 14, 2019 — The S.S

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Show report: Long Beach Expo

There was no June gloom at this year’s summer edition of the Long Beach Expo: Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show this past week. The sun brought out collectors and enthusiasts near and far, filling the bourse floor by noon on Thursday (opening day to the public), with a line wrapping around the side of PCGS Booth #401 all the way through Saturday

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PCGS certifies one of the finest-known 1879 $4 Flowing Hair Stellas

(Santa Ana, California) — One of the finest-known 1879 $4 Flowing Hair Stellas is now in a Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Gold Shield holder.
Previously graded PF-67*CA, the coin, which is one of the most sought after among collectors, was graded PR-67CAM by PCGS and now resides in the most trusted holder in the industry

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Regency Auction 32 results prove that top quality reigns supreme in the current market

(Lincroft, NJ) — Legend Rare Coin Auctions presented their 32nd Regency Auction, conducted as the official auction for the PCGS Members Only Show in New Orleans. Featuring over 630 lots, this auction included a separate session for silver dollars, held Wednesday, May 15, while type coins and gold were offered on Thursday, May 16

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CoinWeek Podcast #112: The Great American Coin Hunt

 CoinWeek Podcast #112: The Great American Coin Hunt Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan sits down with Great American Coin Hunt organizer Rob Oberth to discuss the success of the event and its implications for the hobby in this episode […]

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More Lucky Collectors Get PCGS Rewards for Finding West Point Mint Mark Quarters

Three lucky Florida residents, one in New Smyrna Beach and a husband and wife in Orlando, are the latest winners in the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Quarter Quest to discover specific West Point Mint quarter dollars and be the first to submit them to PCGS for authentication and grading. “They were the first to […]

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More lucky collectors get PCGS rewards for finding West Point mint mark quarters

April 18, 2019 — Three lucky Florida residents, one in New Smyrna Beach and a husband and wife in Orlando, are the latest winners in the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Quarter Quest to discover specific West Point Mint quarter dollars and be the first to submit them to PCGS for authentication and grading.
“They were the first to send in examples of the just-released 2019-W Northern Mariana Islands’ American Memorial Park quarters

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PCGS first discovery 2019-W Lowell quarter consigned to GreatCollections auction

(April 15, 2019) — A Virginia coin collector is about to get his second windfall from finding one of the first, elusive West Point Mint 2019 Lowell National Historical Park quarter-dollars.
Only two of those recently released 2019-W Lowell quarters have the distinctive Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) designation, PCGS First Discovery, and are the first 2019-W quarters certified by any third party grading service

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Two lucky collectors split $5,000 PCGS reward for first submitted Lowell “W” quarters

April 12, 2019 — Two avid coin collectors, one in Kansas and the other in Virginia, have agreed to split the $5,000 bounty offered by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) for almost simultaneously submitting the first 2019 “America the Beautiful” Lowell National Historical Park quarter-dollars with a West Point mint mark. Both submissions arrived on the same day at PCGS headquarters

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PCGS Offers $5,000 Bounty for First Submitted Lowell Park W Mint Mark Quarter

Special designations available for West Point quarters submitted during first week and first 45 days of first discovery   The first person to submit for grading one of the 2019 “America the Beautiful” Lowell National Historical Park quarter-dollars with a West Point mint mark will receive a $5,000 reward from Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). […]

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