Archive for September, 2011

What’s In A Tab?

Posted on September 19, 2011 by No Comments

If you’re a regular visitor to the PCGS Population Report, you’ve probably noticed some new tabs at the head of the home page.  These tabs represent updated Population Reports for the countries of France, Germany, and China.  What does that mean for you as a collector?

First, you’ll find it a lot easier to navigate through each of those countries to find a particular coin within its proper context.  Previously, the collector faced a jumbled mess of different denominations, dates, coins, suffices (PR or MS?) and suffices (BN, RB, RD FN, etc.).  In the case of a large country like Germany, it was nearly impossible to find a single coin without typing in the PCGS number, and doing that showed the coin by itself.  If you wanted to compare the population of a 1901-A 50 Pfennig to an 1896-A 50 Pfennig (same type), you simply couldn’t do it.  Now you can.

Second, completely new organizational structures have been put in place.  Mike Sherman built the French Population Report from scratch, and he has done a marvelous job of it.  Working with French dealers and expert collectors, Mike built a structure that represents the way that French coins are collected.

Third, we have cleaned up the Pop Reports for these three countries by eliminating duplicates, adding missing coins, and eliminating extraneous coins.

We hope you’ll see these efforts as part of PCGS’ ongoing efforts to support the world market by making it easier for you to understand and collect coins from these countries.

Stay tuned, as we will be adding tabs for more countries and we’ll be cleaning up the countries that make up the “World” tab.

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Will You Be Buying the 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Set?

Posted on September 13, 2011 by 31 Comments

Will You Be Buying the 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Set? To answer click on “Comments above this post.

$1 2011 Silver Eagle SetThe Mint has announced that sometime in late October, they will release a special 2011 American Silver Eagle Set to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Silver Eagle series.

The set will contain five different silver eagles from 2011. 

This includes two special versions that are not usually offered by the U.S. Mint every year.

  1. The new special issue is an Uncirculated Silver Eagle with an S mintmark. (This is the first time the U.S. Mint will place an S mintmark on an Uncirculated Silver Eagle).
  2. The second special issue is a Reverse Proof struck at the Philadelphia Mint. (The last time the Mint struck a Reverse Proof coin was in 2006).
  3. The third coin is a regular bullion Silver Eagle that is issued every year by the U.S. Mint..
  4. The fourth Silver Eagle issued in the set is the regular Proof coin that is also usually offered every year by the U.S. Mint..
  5. Finally, the fifth Silver Eagle in the Set is the Uncirculated Burnished Silver eagle with W mintmark that was introduced in 2006.

The Special 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Set has a maximum mintage of 100,000 sets. Because of the relatively low mintage of the set and for the American Silver Eagle series, the Mint has placed a five order per household rule into effect. The Mint has not yet announced the price of the set. There is hardly any doubt that this Special 25th Anniversary Eagle set will be very popular and more than likely, the sets will definitely sell out!

So, will You Be Buying the 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Set? To answer click on “Commentsabove this post.

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Congratulations on a Milestone Achievement

Posted on September 8, 2011 by No Comments

1797 Gripped Edge

Congratulations to the owner of the ESM Collection, who just become the first person to complete a PCGS Registry Set of United States Half Cents by Major Variety.  He attained this goal with his purchase of the 1797 Gripped Edge Half Cent (graded PCGS Good-6) at the recent Goldberg Coins and Collectibles sale of the Davy Collection – Part II.  Miller’s Gripped Edge Half Cent is ranked third in the Condition Census, but it is the only one certified by PCGS thus far, making it the only possible option for anyone working on a PCGS Registry Set.  Understandably, competition for this particular coin during the auction became intense.  Against a pre-sale estimate of $30,000, the coin sold for $195,500.

From the PCGS CoinFacts website: “The 1797 Gripped Edge Half Cent is an extremely rare variety, with just over a dozen known, most of which are in low grade.  The dies used to strike the Gripped Edge are the same used on the 1797 Low Head (Cohen 3a) and 1797 Lettered Edge (Cohen 3b) Half Cents.  Ron Manley thinks the Gripped Edge Half Cents were struck later than the Lettered Edge Half Cents, but later than the Low Heads.  The “gripping” consists of what appear to be a series of irregular indentations on the edge of the coin.  The purpose of the gripping is unknown, but it is similar to experimental “gripped” edges on 1797 Large Cents.  According to Roger Cohen (1981), the first appearance of a 1797 Gripped Edge Half Cent was in the 1907 sale of the Matthew Stickney Collection.  Today, this variety ranks as one of the rarest and most desirable of all Half Cent varieties.”

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