Collectors Universe names Brett Charville as PCGS President

(Santa Ana, California) December 10, 2018 – As part of the strategic plans by parent company Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT) to improve and expand services and products for collectors and dealers worldwide, professional numismatist Brett Charville has been named President of Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com), effective January 1, 2019.

“Brett Charville is a respected and hard-working individual who has clearly established himself in the coin industry. The PCGS staff has always been composed of dedicated people with immense numismatic expertise and Collectors Universe is delighted to add Brett to this impressive team,” said Collectors Universe Chief Executive Officer Joe Orlando.

Charville has been a dealer in collectible coins for over 15 years. An expert in grading and evaluating U.S. vintage coins, he got his break in the world of professional numismatics like many others have, as an intern at Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from Miami University, Charville was employed by Heritage as a wholesale buyer and grader. He then spent two years at Carter Numismatics in Tulsa, Oklahoma, also as a buyer and grader. In 2012, Charville founded Standard Numismatics, a wholesale-focused trading company based in Chicago.

“I am both very excited and humbled about this opportunity to be part of PCGS, the most storied brand in numismatics worldwide. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’m looking forward to leading PCGS in their next chapter forward,”stated Charville who will be meeting with collectors and dealers at various times at the PCGS booth (#1203) during the upcoming Florida United Numismatists convention.

“We have a responsibility to many different stakeholders: to deliver a consistent and marketable product to our submitters as well as provide liquidity, security and act as a bulkhead against counterfeiting. We have an obligation to our shareholders to grow our brands and business in sustainable, consistent, and innovative ways. Joe Orlando and I are deeply committed to driving PCGS forward in a manner that ‘checks all the boxes’ and ensures that PCGS is the market leader in numismatic authentication and grading for generations to come,” he emphasized.

Charville currently serves on the board of directors of the Professional Numismatists Guild. In 2018, he became a board member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to aiding law enforcement in the fight against counterfeits. Additionally, Charville has served as an instructor of numerous coin grading courses at the ANA’s Summer Seminar educational program.

“In addition to having the requisite skill set and attributes for the position of PCGS President, it is clear that Brett will also approach the challenge with the right attitude. We are all excited about the future of our company and its leadership,” said Orlando.

“PCGS is a premium brand with a great foundation, and we have an opportunity to further improve our services. One way we can accomplish this is by empowering more people, both existing employees and new staff members, so they have the authority to make independent decisions. PCGS is a service business. We can be more responsive to our loyal customer base and more efficient in our operation. This is just one step, with more to follow, which shows our commitment to investing in the future of PCGS,” explained Orlando.

Charville succeeds Don Willis who stepped down in November after ten years as PCGS President.

Professional Coin Grading Service was established in 1986 and now authenticates, grades and certifies coins from over 100 countries. In addition to its international headquarters in Santa Ana, California, PCGS has submission centers in Europe (www.PCGSEurope.com), Hong Kong and mainland China (www.PCGSAsia.com).

The popular PCGS Set Registry® (www.PCGS.com/setregistry) now contains more than 94,000 U.S. and world coin sets. The free PCGS Photograde™ Online (www.PCGS.com/photograde) feature makes it easy to determine the approximate grade of your coins, and the ever-expanding www.PCGSCoinFacts.com is the most comprehensive online resource for information and illustrations about United States coins.”

For additional information about PCGS and its services, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

United States Mint Unveils Design for 2019 Native American $1 Coin Reverse

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) officially unveiled the reverse (tails side) design for the 2019 Native American $1 Coin in the 2018 winter issue of the National Museum of the American Indian’s eponymous quarterly magazine. The 2019 coin design celebrates American Indians in the Space Program.

The reverse design depicts renowned engineer Mary Golda Ross writing calculations. Behind her, an Atlas-Agena rocket launches into space, with an equation inscribed in its cloud. An astronaut, symbolic of Native American astronauts, including John Herrington, spacewalks above. In the field behind, a group of stars indicates outer space. Inscriptions include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “$1.” Mint Artistic Infusion Program designer Emily Damstra created the design, which Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna sculpted.

The obverse (heads) of the Native American $1 Coin will continue to feature the central figure “Sacagawea” carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste, by sculptor Glenna Goodacre. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.” The year, mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are incused on the edge of the coin.

Click here to view the 2019 Native American $1 Coin design.

The Native American $1 Coin Program is authorized by Public Law 110-82 to recognize the important contributions made by Native American tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States. The public law mandates that a reverse design, with an image emblematic of one important Native American or Native American contribution, be issued at a rate of once a year.

United States Mint Set to Release Introductory American Innovation™ $1 Coin Products on December 14

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) is pleased to announce the opening of sales on December 14 at noon (EST), for $1 coin products introducing the United States Mint American Innovation™ $1 Coin Program. The new 15-year initiative honors innovators and innovations from each state, the District of Columbia, and the five U. S. territories–Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The United States Mint American Innovation $1 Coin Program will run from 2018 through 2032.

The introductory products include:

PRODUCT CODE PRODUCT OPTION PRICE
18GRA American Innovation $1 Roll – Introductory Coin (P) $32.95
18GRE American Innovation $1 Roll – Introductory Coin (D) $32.95
18GBA American Innovation 100-Coin Bag – Introductory Coin (P) $111.95
18GBE American Innovation 100-Coin Bag – Introductory Coin (D) $111.95
18GA American Innovation $1 Proof Coin $6.95

The 2018 United States Mint American Innovation™ $1 Proof Coin is being produced at the Mint’s San Francisco facility. Like all proof coins, it has sharp relief with a mirror-like background. Each attractively packaged coin comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

The obverse (heads) of the 2018 American Innovation $1 Introductory Coin features a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile with the inscriptions “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “$1.” This design will be appear on all coins issued under the United States Mint American Innovation $1 Coin Program.

The reverse (tails) the 2018 American Innovation $1 Introductory Coin features George Washington’s signature and the inscriptions “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “AMERICAN INNOVATORS.” The stylized gears represent industry and innovation. The design also includes the inscription “SIGNED FIRST PATENT” under Washington’s signature. The year of minting, the mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are incused on the edge of the coin.

The Mint accepts orders online at www.catalog.usmint.gov and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Information about shipping options is available at www.catalog.usmint.gov/customerservice/shipping.html.

First public display of finest proof Morgan dollars set

Incredible Finest Proof Morgans Set Will Be Exhibited By PCGS Set Registry® At 2019 FUN

(Orlando, Florida) December 6, 2018 — The finest proof Morgan dollars set will be displayed by The PCGS Set Registry® (www.PCGS.com/setregistry) at the 2019 Florida United Numismatists convention for the first time anywhere in public.

Known as the “Mr. Perfection 13” collection, the award-winning, 27-coin Morgan dollar basic proof set is 100 percent complete and has a rating of 69.47, according to Cosetta Robbins, Professional Coin Grading Service Set Registry Manager.

This 1894 silver dollar, graded PCGS PR68+DCAM, is one of the superb quality coins in the “Mr. Perfection 13” collection of proof Morgan dollars that will be publicly exhibited by the PCGS Set Registry® for the first time anywhere at the 2019 FUN convention. Photo credit: Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com).

“Many of the coins in this collection are either cameo (CAM) or deep cameo (DCAM) proof, and some have amazing colorful toning. The anonymous owner of the set wants to share the remarkable beauty of these coins with visitors to the FUN show,” said Robbins.

The finest proof Morgan dollar collection in the PCGS Set Registry®, including this 1889 silver dollar graded PCGS PR68CAM, will be displayed at the 2019 FUN convention. Photo credit: Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com).

The set will be displayed at the PCGS booth, #1203, from Thursday morning to early Saturday afternoon, January 10-12, 2019, at the FUN show in the Orange County Convention Center West Building in Orlando, Florida.

Highlights of the “Mr. Perfection 13” proof Morgan dollar set include: 1880 graded PCGS PR68CAM, 1889 PCGS PR68CAM, 1894 PCGS PR68+DCAM, 1895 PCGS PR67+CAM, and 1901 PCGS PR68CAM.

Never previously exhibited, the finest proof Morgan dollar collection in the PCGS Set Registry®, including this beautifully toned 1901 graded PCGS PR68CAM, will be displayed at the 2019 FUN convention. Photo credit: Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com).

The coin’s owner said, “This is one of my favorite sets.” In 2018 he upgraded three spectacular proof Morgan dollars: 1885 PCGS PR68CA, 1898 graded PCGS PR68DC, and 1899 PCGS PR67+DC.

Information about each coin in the set is available online at https://www.pcgs.com/setregistry/dollars/morgan-dollars-major-sets/morgan-dollars-basic-set-proof-1878-1904/publishedset/109798.

The PCGS Set Registry (www.PCGS.com/setregistry) was established in 2001 and now hosts over 94,000 U.S. and world coin sets. For additional information about PCGS and its services, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

Explore Money Museum from Comfort of Home

Virtual Exhibits Transform the Way History is Seen

Money derives its value by being a medium of exchange, a unit of measurement and a storehouse for wealth; it can be a shell, a metal coin or a piece of paper. Money also provides a substantial record of the history and culture of civilizations dating to ancient times.

The American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colo., is a treasure trove of such artifacts. In its three main galleries, visitors can see spectacular rarities and explore the diverse nature of money as it relates to art, history, science and much more. For those unable to visit in person – or hoping to see a temporary exhibit that has since closed, the museum offers a dozen fascinating virtual exhibits and tours that can be enjoyed free of charge from the comfort of an overstuffed chair.

“Trenches to Treaties: World War I in Remembrance” is the museum’s most recent virtual exhibit, showcasing money and medals to illustrate the events and effects of the war politically, economically and socially. Called “The Great War,” and more optimistically, “The War to End All Wars,” World War I was an event that changed the world’s political map and the fabric of civilization. In addition to coins and paper money from combatant nations, the exhibit features artistic medals, military decorations, historical background about the crash of the gold standard, merchant submarines and the colonization of the African continent. To learn more, visit www.money.org/money-museum/virtual-exhibits/wwi.

Other virtual exhibits from the Money Museum include:

  • Money of the Civil War
  • Colorado Numismatic History
  • The legendary Bebee Collection, which includes 500-plus notes of a pedigreed paper money collection
  • The famous 1913 “Nickel that Never Was,” valued at $5 million
  • Colorado Gold
  • The “King of U.S Coins” – the 1804 dollar, which is valued at $3 million
  • The Harry Bass Jr. Collection, the most complete U.S. gold coin collection ever assembled

All the virtual exhibits can be accessed at www.money.org/money-museum/virtual-exhibits.

For questions or more information about the virtual exhibits or the Money Museum, contact pr@money.org.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational and outreach programs as well as its museum, library, publications, and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.

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