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Ask Don: SHOP Button

Posted on January 27, 2015 by No Comments

Eureka! Our secret software project was unveiled at the FUN show earlier this month. Shopping for PCGS certified coins and building your collection has never been easier! All PCGS Registry users now have a “SHOP” button which will display every PCGS coin that will upgrade your collection or fill that hole. Click here for more information about the new “SHOP” button.

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Ask Don: Change How You Buy PCGS Graded Coins Forever

Posted on January 13, 2015 by 2 Comments

At last week’s FUN show we held a PCGS Registry luncheon. At that luncheon, I announced and demonstrated a product that we have been working on for several months. PCGS has built a ’Value-added Aggregator.’ What’s that? Well, it is a system that will allow any PCGS Registry participant to view all PCGS coins offered online in the US in one easy step. Every coin listed provides a link back to the selling site. It’s free to everyone who uses the Set Registry and very easy to use. Check it out at

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Ask Don: 2015 FUN Show Preview

Posted on December 16, 2014 by 1 Comment

The new year is just around the corner! 2014 has flown by but we are looking forward to an exciting 2015. The excitement begins at the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) show in Orlando. The FUN show runs from Jan. 8-10 in Orlando FL. PCGS will be taking submissions for onsite grading through Friday at 5 PM. One of the highlights of the FUN is the PCGS Set Registry luncheon on Friday. At this year’s luncheon we will have a very special announcement for all Registry members. Don’t miss it!

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Organize Your Coin Collection Online With the Free PCGS Set Registry

Posted on November 18, 2014 by No Comments

The PCGS Set Registry is extremely helpful to any coin collector. It helps you keep track of your coins, when you bought them, from whom, what you paid, you can add notes to each coin and photographs as well! The system will even tell you each coin’s value, as well as your entire inventory, per the PCGS Price Guide. And you can add non-PCGS graded coins to your inventory. It will even track your purchases and sales. Everything mentioned so far is completely confidential. No one sees your information, including PCGS. Competing is fun, but to me the hidden value of the PCGS Registry is what I just described!

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Ask Don: Where Has Everyone At Auctions Gone?

Posted on November 4, 2014 by 1 Comment

Auctions have become an increasingly popular source of new coins. There are several auction firms these days and the stream of collections and coins that are coming through them seems to be endless. Auctions have changed dramatically over the past decade. Technology has had a major impact on auction sales. Take a look at this week’s video for some observations about today’s auction market.

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Ask Don: Auction Prices Realized in CoinFacts

Posted on October 21, 2014 by No Comments

Auction results are a valuable source of information. We can use Auction Prices Realized (APR) to better understand how the market values coins in the same grade. We often see significant swings in prices realized for different examples of the same coin in the same grade. A closer examination of auction prices realized can help us understand why this happens

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Ask Don: Lot Preview

Posted on October 7, 2014 by 2 Comments

There’s nothing like going to an auction and experiencing the ‘Lot Preview.’ You can learn a tremendous amount about the coins by reviewing them in person and discussing them with the auctioneers. In this week’s video I sit down with Julie Abrams from Legend Rare Coin Auctions to discuss how to get the most from an auction’s Lot Preview. As you will see, this is one of the best ways to learn about coins.

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Ask Don: My Set Registry

Posted on September 23, 2014 by 1 Comment

We are all collectors at heart. It gives me great pleasure to sit back, unwind, and enjoy my coins! Often on a Saturday morning I will spend a couple hours going through one of my collections, studying my coins and learning more about them. For security reasons, most of us keep our collections in a safety deposit box, however, I can enjoy my coins while in a comfortable chair with my laptop using the PCGS Registry and My CoinFacts! The My CoinFacts addition to the PCGS Registry is a wonderful improvement that helps me get closer to my coins (the blowup feature is far better than a magnifying glass) while keeping me informed on market activities and other important information. Check out this week’s video for a brief introduction to My CoinFacts.

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Ask Don: Coin Show Etiquette

Posted on September 9, 2014 by No Comments

Coin collecting is something that can be done alone but occasionally it’s great fun to share your collecting interests with others. Meeting with fellow collectors is one of the great aspects of coin shows. Visiting with dealers can be equally enjoyable. Often I hear of uncomfortable situations arising between collectors and dealers at shows. This is usually the result of some miscommunication. All that is needed to navigate through any show is common courtesy. If you are uncomfortable with any dealer then simply walk away. Remember there are a lot of coins out there. Watch this week’s video to see my take on coin show etiquette.

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What is your Walking Liberty Half Dollar Worth?

Posted on August 26, 2014 by No Comments

“What’s my coin worth?” It’s the number one question most people have about their coin. PCGS has developed several easy-to-use tools to help even the novice collector establish an idea of their coin’s value. First, there is PCGS Photograde with approximately 4,000 coin images to which you can compare your coin. With PCGS Photograde, you can quickly establish the type and condition of virtually any US coin and many World coins as well. We also offer the PCGS Price Guide. With over 284,000 prices for US coins alone, you can easily lookup the current retail prices for your coins. These resources make the go-to website for information for all US and World coins.

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