Posted on October 21, 2014 by Don Willis
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
Posted on October 7, 2014 by Don Willis
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.
Posted on September 23, 2014 by Don Willis
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.
Posted on September 9, 2014 by Don Willis
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.
Posted on August 26, 2014 by Don Willis
“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 PCGS.com the go-to website for information for all US and World coins.
Posted on August 12, 2014 by Don Willis
In this issue’s video I do a quick overview of the various submission services that PCGS offers. It can get confusing when you consider all the options each service provides. Never hesitate to contact our excellent Customer Service group at 800-447-8848 with any questions you may have. Additionally, we announce a Crossover Special for the September Long Beach show. This popular special is available only for coins submitted at the show. See the video for more details or contact customer service. [ eCollector hint: If you cannot attend the show you can send your crossovers to the office for submission at the show.]
Posted on July 29, 2014 by Don Willis
PCGS loves our Registry members! We are only a couple weeks away from the big ANA summer show and of course our annual PCGS Registry luncheon. We look forward to this chance to meet with so many of the Registry participants, to listen to their suggestions and to share new and upcoming developments at PCGS. Of course we also enjoy recognizing some of the top Registry Set collections and honoring the collectors that put them together. It’s a fun time for all. We hope to see you in Chicago!
Posted on July 15, 2014 by Don Willis
PCGS has been the most trusted grading service for many years. In 1986 PCGS was the first service to offer a lifetime guarantee on every coin we certify. That guarantee provided assurance to collectors and investors alike and resulted in thousands of new faces appearing in the collecting market. Prices have soared as buyer confidence has increased. Many coins are traded “sight seen” but there is even a “sight unseen” market for PCGS certified coins. This would not be possible without the confidence held by many in our grading standards as well as our lifetime guarantee. That is why today PCGS certified coins are the most liquid and most sought-after coins in the market.
Posted on July 1, 2014 by Don Willis
Earlier this month there was an announcement that got everyone’s attention – the sale of the famous, yet mysterious, Pogue family collection. This collection of early US federal coins may be the finest collection of its type ever assembled. To learn more about the collection, please view David Hall’s announcement video.
Posted on June 17, 2014 by Don Willis
Do you collect U.S. Medals or Tokens? Are you aware that PCGS recognizes many different tokens and medals? Over the past couple years we have added a great many new types of tokens and medals to the list of what we will authenticate and grade. That list numbers in the thousands and crosses the spectrum of many different collecting series. Basically we will recognize any token or medal listed in a number of standard reference guides. More information is available on our website. You can also check out this week’s video for more information.
Here is a new and updated list of new U.S. tokens and medals PCGS will now recognize.
- Period 3 California Pioneer Fractional Gold, from the reference “California Pioneer Fractional Gold 2nd Edition” by Breen & Gillio.
- So-Called Dollars, from the reference “So-Called Dollars 2nd Edition” by Hibler & Kappen.
- Civil War Patriotic Tokens, from the reference “Patriotic Civil War Tokens 5th Revised Edition” by George & Melvin Fuld.
- Civil War Store Cards, from the reference “U.S. Civil War Store Cards 2nd Edition” by George & Melvin Fuld.
- Hard Times Tokens, from the reference “Hard Times Tokens 6th Edition” by Russell Rulau.
- Sutler Tokens, from the reference “Civil War Sutler Tokens and Cardboard Scrip” by David E. Schenkman.
- U.S. Assay Commission Medal, from the reference “Medals of the United States Assay Commission 1860-1977” by R.W. Julian and Ernest E. Keusch.
- U.S. Mint Medals, from the reference “Medals of the United States Mint, The First Century 1792-1892” by R.W. Julian.
- U.S. Mint Medals, from the reference “Medals of the United States Mint”, by Kenneth M. Failor & Eleonora Hayden.
- Betts Medals, from the reference “American Colonial History, Illustrated by Contemporary Medals”, by C. Wyllys Betts.
- Baker Medals, from the reference “Medallic Portraits of Washington, 2nd Edition”, by Russel Rulau & George Fuld.
- Bolen Medals, from the reference “The Medallic Work of John Adams Bolen”, by Neil E. Musante.
- Political Tokens and Medals, from the reference “American Political Badges and Medalets 1789-1892” by Edmund B. Sullivan.
- Rulau Tokens and Counterstamps, from the reference “Standard Catalog of United States Tokens 1700-1900” by Russell Rulau.
- Military Tokens, from the reference “Military Tokens of the United States Volume 1 (Domestic Issues)” by Paul A. Cunningham.
- Commemorative Medals, from the reference “National Commemorative Medals of the United States of America since 1873” by William Swoger.
- Counterstamped Coinage, from the reference “Merchant and Privately Countermarked Coins” by Gregory G. Brunk.
- Krause Unusuals listed in the US Section, from the reference “Unusual World Coins, 6th Edition” by Krause Publications
- Bashlow Restrikes.
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