Posted on October 8, 2013 by Don Willis
Is there such a thing as a “collecting gene?” As far as I know scientists have never discovered such a thing but from an observer’s perspective there is evidence that it does exist! This collecting gene is not limited to coins, cards, comic books or stamps. It has no apparent boundaries and surfaces in some of the strangest areas. Many collectors even collect in multiple categories. For example, I collect coins and rock posters and had fun collecting dated railroad spikes. I met with someone this week who collects Nike sneakers and know of others who collect everything from old cigarette containers, to beer cans, to old car manuals, to old radios. Of course there is the Barbie dolls and figurines of all types, games, silverware, furniture – you name it! Almost everything can become a collectible. Perhaps this gene is latent in all of us, and if we stop to reflect, we might discover that we collect more things than we realize.
Posted on September 24, 2013 by Don Willis
Working at PCGS is a coin collector’s dream! You never know what is coming in for grading. For example, we recently had a chance to see the new #1 Registry set of Morgan Dollars – the Coronet Collection. What an awesome collection. From #1 sets to just really cool collector coins we see it all. We are spoiled!
Posted on September 17, 2013 by Jaime Hernandez
1911 Dollar Extra Flame
Posted on September 10, 2013 by Don Willis
Nothing beats free and I know of something very useful for all of us collectors…and it’s free. It’s the PCGS Set Registry. Considering only the private side of the Registry – let’s ignore the sharing and competing for now – the Registry is a powerful and helpful tool for every coin collector. I really like the inventory tracking element which keeps track of all my purchases (I can check it anywhere I have Internet access). There is the ‘set’ element that helps me track what I have and what I need in all of my sets. There is the ‘what if’ element which I use to study the price and population of any coin that I am considering, plus I can see how that coin would benefit my set. I confess that most of my activities with the Registry are on the private side. But why not – it’s free!
Posted on August 28, 2013 by Don Willis
The recent ANA show was very active for PCGS. First of all the room was cavernous! Walking every aisle and talking with as many dealers and collectors as possible was physically challenging! The vibe was upbeat and very positive with everyone I spoke with. I heard that attendance was a bit lower than expected but it was an active crowd. Many meetings and mini-conferences were held throughout the show including lots of very interesting coins and conversation. The ANA was a fitting culmination of our hobby activity for the year. If you didn’t attend you should try to next year.
Posted on August 13, 2013 by Don Willis
This week is the ANA and we’ll all be there. The ANA is the most well attended show of the year. Many collectors have planned their vacations around the show. Huge auctions from Heritage and Stack’s Bowers and hundreds of dealers with tables promise something for everyone. PCGS will be there with a large staff ready to meet with you. We hope you will stop by the PCGS Booth! (Booth #800)
Posted on July 30, 2013 by Jaime Hernandez
Coin # 173437
Coin # 504399
Coin # 507270
Coin # 171805
Short Spine (DDO) Doubled Die Obverse
Coin # 508415
Coin # 163912
Posted on July 30, 2013 by Don Willis
I just returned from the grand opening of the new PCGS office in Shanghai, China. What a spectacular welcome we received! The Shanghai Coin Expo was organized around our inaugural week of grading. This two day show was very well attended by dealers and collectors from all over China. The opening ceremony welcoming PCGS was attended by an enthusiastic standing room only crowd. Several exceptional Chinese coins were on display including the most valuable Chinese silver and gold coins, both graded by PCGS. The Chinese market for certified coins is young and exciting and will continue to be a major focus for PCGS. If you have never been to Shanghai you should pay a visit. It’s a beautiful city with entire buildings devoted to coin markets. Hopefully we will see you there!
Posted on July 16, 2013 by Don Willis
As you read this many of us from PCGS are either on our way or already in Shanghai, China for the grand opening of PCGS’ new office. We are looking forward to this new adventure with great anticipation and just a little trepidation. China produces millions of collector coins each year. Coin collecting has seen a renaissance in recent years with increased collector interest and substantial price increases. As in any new venture we realize that we have our work cut out for us. Third party grading is still a relatively new concept in China but is rapidly growing in acceptance. We have launched a new website www.pcgs.com.cn to better serve our Chinese customers. If you are ever in Shanghai please stop by and visit our office which is centrally located in Shanghai.
Posted on July 3, 2013 by Don Willis
As we celebrate the 237th anniversary of our country’s independence lets take a moment to reflect on how this history has been depicted over the years through our coins. From the earliest representation of the 13 colonies in the interlocked circles of the 1793 Chain Cent to the striding Miss Liberty on today’s Silver Eagles (and yesterday’s Walking Liberty half dollars) to the bicentennial Kennedy half dollars or the number of stars representing states on many flowing hair and draped bust coins, our coins tell a story of the history of our country. Numismatists, young and old, can learn a great deal about our country simply from studying our coins!
« Older Entries
Newer Entries »