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NGC Adds to its Numismento Line

August 10, 2017 in Blogs, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Grading, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Scott Barman Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

Going through my email, I found a note from Numismatic Guarantee Corporation announcing a new label for the 10-coin 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set. The label has the image of “Ye Olde Mint,” the mid-19th century picture of the original U.S. Mint building in Philadelphia. Funny thing is that the outrage of putting a […]

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U.S. Mint Anchors Last Long Beach Expo of the Year

August 10, 2017 in Auctions, Clubs and Associations, Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, Fun, Gold, Gold Coins, Grading, History, Investing, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, US Mint, USA Coins, World Coins, Young Collectors

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August 9, 2017

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U.S. Mint Anchors Last Long Beach Expo of the Year

Ellis Island Coin: The U.S. Mint will be in attendance, displaying and selling their latest offerings, including the Ellis Island 2017 5 Ounce Silver Coin. Image via www.usmint.gov.

Ellis Island Coin: The U.S. Mint will be in attendance, displaying and selling their latest offerings, including the Ellis Island 2017 5 Ounce Silver Coin. Image via www.usmint.gov.

(Long Beach, California) – It’s time for the last Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp and Sports Collectible Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com) of the year, and as usual, the show is filled with fun for everyone. The three-day event will feature coin giveaways, the latest offerings and unveiling of a new 5 ounce silver coin from the United States Mint, and the display of two award-winning world coin sets.

Held September 7-9, 2017, the Long Beach Expo showcases collectibles from over 500 dealers, featuring everything from coins to cards.

“We’re thrilled to close out our Expo year with offerings from the U.S. Mint, which will be displaying and selling beautiful commemoratives, proof sets and more, including their brand-new 5 ounce coin, the Ellis Island 2017 5 Ounce Silver Coin, and the display of beautiful world coin sets brought to you by the PCGS Set Registry is sure to attract crowds. As always, we will host our coin giveaway, where a lucky attendee is chosen each day to win a gold coin, and PCGS will be offering on-site grading and exclusive show offers,” said Long Beach Expo President Cassi East.

Any attendee can enter to win a gold coin simply by registering online. Winners will be announced each day of the show at 1 p.m.

The official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo, Heritage Auctions, will host four Signature Auctions, featuring U.S. Coins, World Coins, U.S. Currency and World Currency, from Wednesday, September 6 through Saturday, September 9.  Attendees are encouraged to visit the Heritage Lot Viewing room (104-A), located upstairs in the lobby area, to see the actual coin and currency items that will be in the auctions.

The Mint returns to the Long Beach Expo (booth #1535) after showcasing their groundbreaking American Liberty 225th Anniversary gold coin earlier this year, and they will be displaying the 225th Anniversary Four-Medal set, featuring four medals from four different mints with four different finishes. The medal set has reverse proof, proof, an enhanced uncirculated and uncirculated medal. The Mint is also launching their latest coin, the Ellis Island 2017 5 Ounce Silver Coin, which is available for purchase starting September 7, the first day of the show. Visitors can purchase or simply view the Mint’s latest offerings.

Also on the coin side, PCGS (www.PCGS.com) will be in attendance (booth #807) and offering on-site grading, as well as accepting submissions of all service levels.  Additionally, the brand-new coin price magazine, Rare Coin Market Report, will be distributed free of charge by PCGS at booth #1.

The bi-monthly magazine features up-to-date coin price info on PCGS-graded coins and fun, educational articles written by numismatic experts, like PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth.

“The Long Beach Expo presents a great opportunity to research a coin in the RCMR, visit booths like the U.S. Mint, purchase a coin and then return to the PCGS booth for grading. You can literally experience, all in one venue, the pivotal steps of coin collecting,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

McVey Collection: Two award winning world coin sets will be on display at booth #1535

McVey Collection: Two award winning world coin sets will be on display at booth #1535

Two beautiful world coin sets will be on display at the Set Registry booth (#1148): the McVey Canadian dollar date set and the McVey Mexico Silver Peso date set.

The 28-coin McVey Canadian dollar date set, circulation strikes, spans from 1935 to 1967 and features the portraits of three British monarchs: George V, George VI and Elizabeth II.  While, the award-winning McVey Mexico Silver Peso set features 41 silver pesos with two reverse designs.

“We always love to showcase world coins when the opportunity arises. Both of these sets are quite the spectacle, and we encourage show attendees to visit our booth and see these sets in person,” said PCGS Set Registry Director BJ Searls.

PCGS Co-Founder David Hall will be conducting “Meet the Expert” sessions, which is an opportunity for the public to bring their coins to the show and have them examined by a numismatist with decades of experience. Sessions take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, and Friday, September 8, and from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 9.

A staple of the Long Beach Expo returns with the Kids Treasure Hunt. Children visiting the Expo can earn free coins by participating in the fun, which will take place on Saturday, September 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids can also participate in numismatic youth activities at booth #861, including America The Beautiful Quarter Trivia and a memory game involving world currency. Children have the opportunity to win quarters and currency during the fun.

The Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp and Sports Collectible Expo takes place Thursday, September 7, through Saturday, September 9. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Thursday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Long Beach Expo will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center, located at 100 South Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA.

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and children aged 8 to 16; however, free admission coupons are available in advance online.

Discounted tickets are available at  www.LongBeachExpo.com. Simply select ‘Get Passes,’ and enter the promo code: EXPOPR.

        For additional information, including the schedule of events and a list of attending dealers, visit online at www.LongBeachExpo.com, call the Long Beach Expo at 888-743-9316 or email at LBExpo@collectors.com.

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A lesson in how not to compare grading services

July 9, 2017 in ANACS, Auctions, Blogs, Coin Errors, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Grading, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Scott Barman Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

Every so often I will read something and even though I agree with the premise and possibly the hypothesis, I disagree with the method. This is what happened when I read “How do late ANACS slabs stack up with modern PCGS?” This article by Michael Bugeja at Coin Update is not the first of its […] Full article at the source>

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How do late ANACS slabs stack up with modern PCGS?

July 1, 2017 in ANACS, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Grading, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service)

By: Michael Bugeja News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Viewers of Coingrader Capsule know we test modern holdering companies, especially against the widely held half-truth / half-myth that early graders were more conservative than those of today. You can view several posts about that in Coin Update.

Here’s one of the first that I did in 2011, titled “Old Green Holders” [ain’t what they used to be]. Here’s another about “Inconsistencies of Old Green Holders.”

In the end, the earlier graders may have been stricter more often than not, but also more inconsistent than top-notch graders for PCGS and NGC. So I decided to crack out and test these quarter…Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Grading Capped Bust half dollars

May 10, 2017 in Antique Coins, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Grading, Half Dollars, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Michael Bugeja News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Grading Capped Bust half dollars is a challenge, especially to new hobbyists unaccustomed to the series, which ran from 1807 to 1839 and which continues to be popular because many of the dates are affordable and come with a large selection of die varieties (including overdate strikes).

We’ll save overdates for a future column. This post concerns circulation (business) strikes. The denomination was used heavily in circulation, and that accounts for the typical wear you will see on the high points of the obverse and reverse.

The grading basics of this post concern high points where wear is readily distinguishable: the raised… Full article at the source>

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More Bidding Basics: Buy It Now & Make Offer “Deals”

March 18, 2017 in Auctions, Coin Grading, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, E-commerce, Ebay, Education, Grading, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Bugeja News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Every now and then we need to monitor the major online coin portals in our “Bidding Basics” series—this time, concerning “Buy It Now” and “Make Offer” deals on Proxibid and eBay.

Some general rules:

  • Never bid on raw coins unless you are an expert grader, trust the seller, can view excellent photos, and can return the coin if unsatisfied.
  • Never bid on coins in bottom-tier slabs unless you spot a mistake like a rare error or variation that isn’t listed on the label.
  • Consider not wasting time on “Buy It Now” offers unless you need the coin or currency for your collection… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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‘Coin Worthy of a King’ Graded by PCGS, Will Appear at Long Beach

February 9, 2017 in Antique Coins, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, Grading, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

February 9, 2017
Media contact: Steve Sloan, (949) 567-1223

‘Coin Worthy of a King’ Graded by PCGS,
Will Appear at Long Beach

 

PCGS 30th Anniversary logo

PCGS 30th Anniversary logo

(Newport Beach, California) – The finest known of only two 1861 Philadelphia Mint Paquet Reverse Double Eagles has been graded MS67 by PCGS. The rare coin, formerly owned by King Farouk of Egypt and known as the Norweb Specimen, is insured for $8,000,000 and will be publically displayed at the upcoming February 16-18 Long Beach Expo.  

“PCGS is honored to grade such a rare and important coin. Now that the Norweb Specimen has been graded PCGS MS67, both known 1861-P Paquet Reverse Eagles are graded by PCGS, the other being the PCGS MS61 Dallas Bank Specimen,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

Of all regular issue U.S. Double Eagles, the 1861-P Paquet Double Eagle is the rarest. For years, this coin was considered a pattern, until research concluded the coin was meant for circulation before the mintage was melted down after a defect in the dies was discovered. Somehow, two examples survived.

[Reverse in PCGS Holder]: The finest known 1861-P Paquet Reverse Double Eagle was recently graded MS67 by PCGS.

[Reverse in PCGS Holder]:
The finest known 1861-P Paquet Reverse Double Eagle was recently graded MS67 by PCGS.

“This Paquet Reverse is one of the great United States gold coin rarities and one of the best coins PCGS has ever graded,” stated PCGS founder, David Hall.

The pedigree of this virtually flawless 1861-P Paquet Double Eagle dates back to the Woodward Sale of March 1865, when the coin sold for $37, a remarkable price for the time considering the coin had been struck only four years prior.

The 1861-P Paquet Reverse was recently privately sold by Brian Hendelson, President of Classic Coin Co. of Bridgewater, New Jersey, for an undisclosed amount to Larry Lee, President of Coin and Bullion Reserves of Panama City, Florida.

“When a coin of such pedigree becomes available, you have to jump on the opportunity. It has been called virtually flawless; it has been called perfect, and it has been owned by leaders of the numismatic field throughout its fascinating history. I am thrilled to have this coin, now graded PCGS MS67, in my collection,” said Larry Lee.

PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGScoinfacts.com) states that the 1861-P Paquet Reverse is slightly modified from the regular version. When engraver Anthony C. Paquet of the Philadelphia Mint began designing the reverse in 1859, he endowed slight yet notable differences. The coin’s lettering on Paquet’s version is tall and slender compared to the short, broad lettering of the traditional reverse. Also, the crown-like display of stars positioned above the eagle’s head is larger on Paquet’s coin, with the top stars prominently displayed beneath rays of sunlight. The same stars are partially buried on the regular reverse.

TrueView Image A high-resolution TrueView image of Larry Lee’s famed Paquet Reverse, graded PCGS MS67.

TrueView Image A high-resolution TrueView image of Larry Lee’s famed Paquet Reverse, graded PCGS MS67.

The rarity will make its first West Coast public appearance in the coming weeks, courtesy of Larry Lee, at the Long Beach Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com).  Visitors to the show, held February 16-18, will have the opportunity to view the coin in person at the PCGS booth.  Free passes to the coin show are available using the promo code EXPOPR.  

For information about PCGS services, including the current February 2017 Crossover Special, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

 

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5 “Must Have” Books for all coin collectors

December 6, 2016 in Blogs, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Fun, Grading, History, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, Reference, USA Coins

By: Angela Raymond Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Coin collecting can be very daunting at times, but the authors of these books have given numismatists the knowledge they need to guide themselves through the world of coins. Making sure to include as much information as possible in these excellent reference books, collectors and coin enthusiasts can feel more at ease when completing their next purchase.

The Whitman Guide to Coin Collecting

This must have book is an informative guide teaching every newcomer what they need to know. From collecting supplies, how to identify a fake… Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Crack-outs Bring Mixed Results

November 21, 2016 in Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), USA Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Bugeja News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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A regular feature of Coingrader Capsule is the cracking out of slabs by lesser holdering companies to see how they do in the big leagues, namely, PCGS or NGC. Specifically, I wanted to test some coins slabbed by National Numismatic Certification, which I reviewed in September, stating that its grading was inconsistent but, on occasion, good coins can be found encased within. I bid high enough to win these samples:

The 1880 Morgan is difficult to find in gem condition, and this one looked like it might pass muster. At MS-65, PCGS values it at $675.

Here’s a close-up of… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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High-End Sets Usually a Bargain — This One Was Stunning

November 4, 2016 in Auctions, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, Fun, Grading, History, News, Nickel Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins

By: Michael Bugeja News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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As you can see, I won this Jefferson nickel set in a Capitol Coin Auction on Proxibid. The set was described as special, and because I trusted auctioneer Brad Lisembee’s numismatic skills, I bid $300, with the set coming in a hundred less than my maximum.

I was not disappointed. Nearly every nickel was gem, as he stated, although some were duplicates of the same date put in a spare slot in the Dansco album. For instance, there was no 1938. A 1938-D was placed there instead.

This article explains how to dismantle a set of coins. First, you want to identify… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)




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Computerized Grading, Part 1: The Puzzle of Subjectivity

October 26, 2016 in Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Kendall Bailey News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Prior to the metals rush of the 1980s, coin buyers had two options when purchasing coins: one, they could become numismatic gurus with detailed knowledge of the series they collected; or two, they could choose to trust a dealer who, hopefully, was honest.

Unfortunately, not all dealers were honest. Grade inflation was common practice. Unwary coin buyers were sometimes being fleeced with no indication that something might be amiss. I don’t believe all dealers who over-graded their coins did so on purpose. Most collectors know the tendency to overstate our coins’ grades, especially when we’re first starting out in the hobby… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Whoever Figures Out Computerized Grading Will Be the Steve Jobs of Numismatics

October 15, 2016 in Coin Grading, Collecting, Education, Grading, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Kendall Bailey News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Is the numismatic world ready for computerized grading?

For the past three decades we’ve relied on the opinions of others to evaluate and authenticate our coins. Are we ready to turn away from human opinions in favor of computer analytics? Most people don’t even like change—let alone embrace it—so I’d like to remind you of the baggage that comes along with human grading. Two pieces of baggage, really.

1. Inconsistency

Easily the most frequent complaint about the current third-party graders is a lack of uniformity. Opinions differ between companies, which is to be expected, but opinions often differ within companies. It is not… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Review of National Numismatic Certification

September 6, 2016 in Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Grading, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins

By: Michael Bugeja News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Increasingly I have been seeing slabs by National Numismatic Certification, a Florida firm, whose coins I sometimes bid on despite its grading being inconsistent at times, with flaws that would disqualify coins at PCGS or NGC. But that’s not an issue if you know how to grade, because some NNC-holdered coins are grade-worthy and, on occasion, near what a top company might award.

Please keep this review in perspective. CoinUpdate reviews books, services, and other aspects of the hobby. This is not an endorsement to submit coins to NNC, nor is it a warning not to. There are two… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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NFC Tags and the Fight Against Counterfeiting

September 5, 2016 in Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Counterfeit, Education, Fake Coins, Grading, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Kendall Bailey News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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It seems we can hardly go a week without hearing of new counterfeit coins surfacing. It is a problem as old as the hobby it continually undermines. Keeping collectible coins honest is especially troublesome today because counterfeiters have become quite adept at thwarting the security precautions employed by third party graders (TPGs). It is a predicament for collectors and dealers alike as it creates instances of distrust between buyer and seller.

The grading companies attempt to combat fakers’ efforts with a barrage of security precautions. TPGs use features like holograms, micro printing, serial numbers that are searchable on their websites, special… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Grading Results of Cleaning and Old Green Holders

August 22, 2016 in Antique Coins, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Grading, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Michael Bugeja News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Remember these coins? Two on the right were cleaned with MS70 detergent and two with an undisclosed dilution of water and Jewel Luster, a dipping product. All were cracked out of PCGS holders to test cleaning and grading consistency.

 

You can read about the perils of cleaning in this prior Coin Update post, focusing on these coins.

The dipped coin received a one-half upgrade to 64+. The other three graded MS-64, aligning with the old green holder grades. Again, as… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Why are so Many 19th Century-Dated Gold Issues so Rare with Original Color and Choice Surfaces?

June 7, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Grading, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Many collectors of 19th century rare date gold (finally) appreciate coins with natural color and choice surfaces. I’m not sure that there is an actual consensus amongst these collectors about what “natural” color actually is but I, for one, am glad to see dirty gold more appreciated than its bright, shiny counterparts.

As collectors become more insistent on originality, they are quickly discovering that many 19th century issues are extremely hard to locate with a nice, natural appearance. Why is this?

I believe that the answer(s) to this question is actually more complex than generally assumed, and it encompasses a century old… Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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My Numismatic “Origin Story”—And a Nice Surprise, Thirty-Plus Years Later

March 16, 2016 in Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins

By: Dennis Tucker News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Dennis Tucker (left) and Mike Tucker, with the inspiring Red Book.

 

I got hooked on coin collecting when I was about seven years old. My older brother Mike—who had started his service in the U.S. Marines when I was starting kindergarten—showed me a 1937 Buffalo nickel from his collection, and we looked it up together in a copy of the Red Book. That old nickel was about the neatest thing I’d ever seen. I was intrigued by the idea of grading (“Very Good” was better than “Good,” but not as good as “Fine”), and coin values being tied to their condition,… Full article at the source>

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PCGS Is Giving Away 30 Morgans In 30 Days

February 3, 2016 in Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Dollar Coins, Grading, History, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

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February 3, 2016

News media contact:
Steve Sloan, (949) 567-1223

PCGS Is Giving Away 30 Morgans In 30 Days

 

PCGS 30th Anniversary logo

PCGS 30th Anniversary logo

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.pcgs.com) is turning 30, and as part of the celebration PCGS will be giving away 30 Morgan silver dollars over 30 days.

“It’s easy and free to enter online, and 30 people will win Mint State examples of one of America’s most popular coin series, the Morgan dollar,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

Entries will be accepted at www.pcgs.com/30morgans starting at 9 a.m. Pacific/Noon Eastern time on February 3, 2016, the anniversary date of the company’s founding in 1986.  The deadline for submitting entries will be 4 p.m. Pacific/7 p.m. Eastern on March 3.  

At the end of the entry period, 30 winners will be selected at random.  Each winner will receive a Mint State U.S. Morgan dollar graded and encapsulated under the PCGS Secure Service.

The Morgan dollars are provided courtesy of L&C Coins (www.LCcoins.com), the sweepstakes sponsor, and each one is labeled with a special designation as 1 of 30 from the sweepstakes.  The full 30 Morgans in 30 Days rules can be found at www.PCGS.com/30morgans/rules.

A 30 Morgans in 30 Days prize

A 30 Morgans in 30 Days prize

“PCGS experts have examined, authenticated and graded over 19 million Mint State Morgan dollars since the company’s launch. Now we’ll give away 30 of those historic coins to celebrate our 30th anniversary,” said PCGS Co-Founder David Hall, President of PCGS’s parent company, Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

Since its founding in 1986, Professional Coin Grading Service has become the industry standard in third-party certification.  With offices in California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris, PCGS experts have certified over 31 million coins with a total market value of over 29 billion dollars.

For additional information about PCGS products and services, call 800-447-8848 or email info@pcgs.com.  

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PCGS Offering Distinctive, Special Labels For Long Beach Expo Submissions

January 26, 2016 in Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Events, Grading, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Press Releases, US Mint, USA Coins

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January 26, 2016

News media contact:
Steve Sloan, (949) 567-1223

PCGS Offering Distinctive, Special
Labels For Long Beach Expo Submissions

 

To mark the 30th anniversary of Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) on February 3, 2016, PCGS will offer a collection of distinctive commemorative insert labels for coins submitted at the February 4 – 6 Long Beach Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com).

“PCGS shares its 30th anniversary with the United States Mint’s popular American Eagle bullion coins program.  Since representatives of the Mint will be at the Long Beach Expo showcasing their latest coin releases, we wanted to be sure to offer Long Beach attendees attractive First Strike® labels that complement these coins,” said Mark Stephenson, PCGS Vice President and Director of Bulk Services.

Four different labels themes will be available for qualifying coins submitted at Long Beach by members of the PCGS Collectors Club or by PCGS Authorized Dealers.  The special labels are:

  • American Eagle First Strike labels depicting an eagle and “30th Anniversary” banner for 2016-dated gold and silver coins.
  • American gold Buffalo First Strike labels depicting a buffalo and a “10th Anniversary” banner for 2016-dated gold Buffalo coins.
  • Mark Twain First Strike special labels for Twain 2016-dated silver $1 and gold $5 coins.  Twain coins submitted for show grading are eligible for show exclusive variety labels that include the Expo logo.
  • Retro 1986-era green label inserts for vintage or modern coins with “PCGS 30th Anniversary” at the top of the label’s front.  These throwback labels, which mimic the look of the vintage PCGS “Old Green Holders” will be available for both Standard and Secure Service levels.

“The Long Beach Expo marks the first opportunity for collectors to have coins graded with the new PCGS classic green retro 1986-era labels.  As an added bonus, any collector who submits his or her coins to be graded with this new 30th Anniversary label will receive a free, limited edition throwback green PCGS box,” stated Stephenson.

Information about submission guidelines and fees for the special labels can be found online at www.pcgs.com/labels, and submission information and guidelines for First Strike designation labels is at www.pcgs.com/firststrike.

The PCGS 30th anniversary label for silver (shown here) and gold 2016 First Strike American Eagles.

The PCGS 30th anniversary label for silver (shown here) and gold 2016 First Strike American Eagles.

An example of a PCGS special First Strike insert label for the 2016 10th anniversary of the gold Buffalo coins.

An example of a PCGS special First Strike insert label for the 2016 10th anniversary of the gold Buffalo coins.

PCGS has produced special First Strike – Long Beach Expo labels for the new silver $1 and gold $5 (shown here) 2016 Mark Twain coins.

PCGS has produced special First Strike – Long Beach Expo labels for the new silver $1 and gold $5 (shown here) 2016 Mark Twain coins.

An example of the PCGS 30th anniversary retro 1986-era green label insert.

An example of the PCGS 30th anniversary retro 1986-era green label insert.

“These special PCGS labels for the Long Beach Expo are the first in a full suite of attractive inserts we’re planning in 2016 that I believe both dealers and collectors will love,” said Stephenson.

Since its founding in 1986, Professional Coin Grading Service has become the industry standard in third-party certification.  With offices in California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris, PCGS experts have certified over 31 million coins with a total market value of over 29 billion dollars.

For additional information about the special labels and other PCGS products and services, call 800-447-8848 or email info@pcgs.com.  

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PCGS Launches 30th Anniversary With Historic Sample Slabs Display At FUN

November 30, 2015 in Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Grading, History, Investing, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases

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November 30, 2015

News media contact:

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PCGS Launches 30th Anniversary With
Historic Sample Slabs Display At FUN

 

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) will launch a year-long 30th anniversary celebration at the upcoming 2016 Florida United Numismatists convention by turning back the clock to display an assortment of more than 120 different, promotional sample “slabs” issued by the company since its founding in 1986.  

An example of a sample “slab” issued by PCGS in 1986 during the company’s first year of authenticating, grading and certifying coins. (Image courtesy of PCGS.)

An example of a sample “slab” issued by PCGS in 1986 during the company’s first year of authenticating, grading and certifying coins. (Image courtesy of PCGS.)

While supplies last, PCGS will also be giving away mint condition Lincoln cents encapsulated in samples of the company’s latest enhanced security holders.  Each one will be presented in a specially-created commemorative Sample Slabs brochure that explains the history and features of PCGS holders.

The display of encapsulated promotional coins in PCGS holders with historic sample insert labels will be at the PCGS booth (#104) during the FUN convention in Tampa, Florida, January 7 – 10, 2016.  A collection of 113 sample slabs, assembled by and exhibited courtesy of Dr. Timothy Larson of Mercer Island, Washington, and an additional dozen sample slabs from the collection of Robert Klein of Monroe, New York, will be displayed.  

“Since 1986, PCGS has been giving out samples of its holders featuring hundreds of different coin types, both U.S. and world.  They have become highly collectible over the last 30 years, although they originally were only intended as free promotional items,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

“There are a number of ways to collect PCGS samples, most commonly grouped into three categories,” explained PCGS Set Registry and Special Projects Director BJ Searls.

“First, there are those samples that match one of the five generations of holders, which can be subdivided into a number of sub-generations based on the insert.  Many of these samples are common because PCGS gave away hundreds of the same coin in the same holder, but some are extremely rare.  A number of inserts produced by PCGS were only released for a few months and samples of those inserts were supplied in limited quantities.”

The two other major categories for collecting sample slabs are those issued for PCGS luncheons and as advertising samples.

Since the early 2000s, PCGS has held luncheons for its customers at major coin shows.  As a token of appreciation, sample holders are created to celebrate the event and are given to all invited guests. Quantities of these holders are limited from 100 to 300 coins.

PCGS samples have been created for various coin shows and special events.  From celebrating PCGS anniversaries, to giveaways at coin shows, to special inserts created for PCGS Authorized dealers, there is a wide variety of samples in this category, some common and some very difficult to locate, according to PCGS.

Mint condition 2015-dated Lincoln cents are encapsulated in the latest PCGS sample “slabs” that will be available in limited quantity in specially-prepared commemorative brochures at the 2016 FUN convention. (Image courtesy of PCGS.)

Mint condition 2015-dated Lincoln cents are encapsulated in the latest PCGS sample “slabs” that will be available in limited quantity in specially-prepared commemorative brochures at the 2016 FUN convention. (Image courtesy of PCGS.)

“There are a number of websites that provide information about the various collecting options, including the PCGS U.S. Coin Forum.   A new reference book, Sample Slabs, by David Schwager was published in September,” said Searls.

“PCGS thanks Dr. Tim Larson for providing the samples for the upcoming display at FUN and for providing invaluable information about how to collect them,” Searls added.

Visitors to the PCGS booth at the FUN convention can obtain the special brochure with an enclosed PCGS sample slab while supplies last.

“1,250 lucky collectors will receive the commemorative Sample Slab brochure with the enclosed sample holder.  This sample represents our fifth generation PCGS holder, and it is the most technologically advanced security holder in the world,” explained Willis.

Professional Coin Grading Service was founded in 1986 by distinguished numismatic experts, and now has offices in California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris.  PCGS experts have certified over 31 million coins with a total market value of over 29 billion dollars. PCGS represents the industry standard in third-party certification, and is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

For additional information about PCGS products and services, call 800-447-8848 or email info@pcgs.com.  

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PNG’s Online Education Courses Available To Everyone, Worldwide

November 11, 2015 in Clubs and Associations, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Grading, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases

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News media contact:
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PNG’s Online Education Courses
Available To Everyone, Worldwide

 

Professional Numismatists Guild logo

Professional Numismatists Guild logo

(Temecula, California) – The Professional Numismatists Guild’s (www.PNGdealers.org) multi-media education program, originally created only for participants in the PNG internship mentoring program, is now available online to collectors and dealers worldwide.

“There are two levels of online classes developed by Karl Newman in conjunction with the University of Rare Coins and PNG’s Edward C. Milas School of Numismatics.  We are making these available online to anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of numismatics, from the minting process to the business of buying and selling coins,” explained PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

The Level 100 course is designed to provide broad-based basic knowledge about numismatics.  Topics include purchasing, selling, marketing and auctions; third-party certification; coin shows; and numismatic organizations and industry resources.  

Level 200 topics include metallurgy and technology in the science of numismatics; the minting process and errors; and the history of monetary systems and development of coining.

The enrollment fee is $300, and that includes both Level 100 and 200 courses.  Certificates of Completion will be provided to everyone who successfully completes both levels.  

Collector and dealer Gilbert Chang of Malaysia is enthusiastic about the online course after recently completing Level 100, and looking forward to studying Level 200 in the coming weeks.  “I did enjoy the (Level 100) course a lot.  Working with Karl (Newman of the University of Rare Coins) was exciting because he is always so enthusiastic about the subject and it rubs off on you!” he told PNG.  Chang proudly now describes himself as the only “certified” numismatist in his country.

Specific information about the educational courses and PNG’s Promoting Numismatic Growth internship program is available at www.PNGdealers.org under the “Internship” navigation links near the top of the PNG’s home page.  For additional information, contact the PNG by phone at (951) 587-8300 or by email at internship@PNGdealers.org.

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What do Auction Prices Represent?

October 17, 2015 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Blogs, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold Coins, Grading, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

For better or worse, the current market has come to heavily rely on auction prices to determine the value of a wide range of coins. I am often asked: do auction prices represent wholesale or retail? A one word answer: both.

The coin market is quite possibly the most transparent market there is in any hobby or collectible. PCGS, NGC, and Heritage provide comprehensive databases for nearly any major issue of United States coin, in a variety of grades. In theory, even an unknowledgeable collector now has access to records which only the most sophisticated dealers and collectors could access as… Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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Multi-Million Dollar Displays And Educational Seminars Highlight September 2015 Long Beach Expo

August 25, 2015 in Auctions, Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Competition, Conventions, Counterfeit, Education, Entertainment, Events, Fun, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, Seminars, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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August 25, 2015

News media contact:
Steve Sloan (949)567-1223

Multi-Million Dollar Displays And Educational
Seminars Highlight September 2015 Long Beach Expo

 

The 1877 pattern half dollar (J-1511), graded PCGS PR66RB, will be among the Simpson Collection pattern coins on display during the September 2015 Long Beach Expo. (PCGS TrueViewSM image.)

The 1877 pattern half dollar (J-1511), graded PCGS PR66RB, will be among the Simpson Collection pattern coins on display during the September 2015 Long Beach Expo. (PCGS TrueViewSM image.)

(Long Beach, California) –- Multi-million dollar displays of rare U.S. pattern coins and high-grade early date large cents exhibited for the first time on the West Coast, along with educational seminars, grading contests and more than 500 dealers buying and selling will highlight the next Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com).  

The show will be held, September 17 – 19, 2015, in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.  Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com), the official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo, will conduct U.S. and world coin and banknote auctions on-site and online.

“This will be a busy show for many collectors and dealers with displays and activities for beginning to advanced numismatists,” said Cassi East, President of the Long Beach Expo, a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (Nasdaq:  CLCT).

While supplies last, Professional Coin Grading Service will give away complimentary “Periodic Table of United States Coins” posters.  Numismatic experts and PCGS poster co-creators David Hall, Ron Guth and Mike Sherman will be on hand to autograph the posters.

Highlights of the September Long Beach Expo include:

Two superb PCGS-certified sets from The Bob Simpson U.S. Pattern Collection recently displayed at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, the Morgan half dollar patterns of 1877 and $4 Stellas in all metals (www.pcgs.com/News/Simpson-Half-Dollar-And-Stella-Patterns), will be exhibited courtesy of collector Bob Simpson of Texas and Legend Numismatics of New Jersey.

Among the outstanding Simpson Collection pattern coins on display during the September 2015 Long Beach Expo will be this 1879 Coiled Hair $4 “Stella” (J-1638), graded PCGS PR66+CA. (PCGS TrueViewSM image.)

Among the outstanding Simpson Collection pattern coins on display during the September 2015 Long Beach Expo will be this 1879 Coiled Hair $4 “Stella” (J-1638), graded PCGS PR66+CA. (PCGS TrueViewSM image.)

A selection of the Tom Reynolds Collection of early date (1793 – 1814) United States large cents, recently certified by PCGS (www.pcgs.com/News/Amazing-Tom-Reynolds-Collection), will be displayed by Ira & Larry Goldberg Auctioneers.

Visitors also will be able to view more coins from the D. Brent Pogue Collection for the first time on the West Coast, courtesy of Stack’s Bowers Galleries, including the Lord St. Oswald 1794 Dollar (BB-1, B-1), graded PCGS MS66+, and the Garrett Collection 1795 Eagle, (BD-4) Capped Bust Right, PCGS MS66+.

The GDH Collection, the number one sets in the PCGS Set Registry of quarter-ounce silver and 1/24 ounce gold 25th Anniversary Panda coins also will be displayed.  

Collectors, dealers and young numismatists can compete for prizes in the PCGS Coin Grading Contest (www.longbeachexpo.com/news/2015/109).  

“This popular activity again returns to the Long Beach Expo with a challenge to grade a variety of 20 coins in 30 minutes.  Advanced registration is encouraged by calling PCGS Customer Service at 1-800-447-8848,” said East.

PCGS will offer two separate seminars (www.longbeachexpo.com/news/2015/110) from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 19.  Grading 102 “Qualifiers” will be taught by Michael Sherman, PCGS Director of Collector Education.  The other seminar, Grading 103 “No Grades and Counterfeit Detection,” will be taught by Mike Faraone, PCGS Lead Counterfeit Detection Expert.

Graded PCGS Secure MS66 BN, this 1794 Large Cent (S-28, head of 1794) from the Reynolds Collection is among the highlights of Reynolds Collection early date Large Cents that will be displayed at the September 2015 Long Beach Expo. (PCGS TrueViewSM image.)

Graded PCGS Secure MS66 BN, this 1794 Large Cent (S-28, head of 1794) from the Reynolds Collection is among the highlights of Reynolds Collection early date Large Cents that will be displayed at the September 2015 Long Beach Expo. (PCGS TrueViewSM image.)

Advance registration is required for the grading and counterfeit detection seminars.  Contact PCGS Customer Service at 1-800-447-8848 or register online at www.PCGS.com/store.

“There will be about a dozen club meetings and educational seminars during the upcoming show.  More than 500 collectibles dealers from around the country will be buying and selling rare coins, gold, silver, paper money, stamps, sports memorabilia, estate jewelry and other collectibles. We will also have nearly two dozen dealers from China attending the September show,” said East.

Representatives of Professional Sports Authenticator (www.PSAcard.com) and PSA/DNA Authentication Services will be accepting submissions at the show.

On Saturday, September 19, youngsters can get free prizes during a treasure hunt, and the Long Beach Stamp Club will give away vintage, collectible postage stamps to children to help them start a collection.

Show hours are Thursday and Friday, September 17 and 18, from 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, September 19, from 10 am to 5 pm.  Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and children aged 8 to 16; however, free admission coupons are available in advance online.  

“Simply go to our website, www.LongBeachExpo.com, click ‘Get Passes,’ and enter the special Promo Code, PRSEPT15.  Then print out the free admission coupon and present it at the show’s registration desk,” said East.

For additional information, including the schedule of events and a list of attending dealers, visit online at www.LongBeachExpo.com, call the Long Beach Expo at 888-743-9316 or email at LBExpo@collectors.com.

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PCGS Grading and counterfeit detection seminars at September 2015 Long Beach Expo

August 5, 2015 in Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Events, Fake Coins, News, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Seminars, USA Coins, World Coins

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PCGS GRADING AND COUNTERFEIT DETECTION
SEMINARS AT SEPTEMBER 2015 LONG BEACH EXPO

 

Collectors will have the opportunity to learn from the experts at two Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) coin grading and counterfeit detection seminars during the upcoming September 2015 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com).

Michael Sherman will teach Grading 102 at the September 2015 Long Beach Expo.

Michael Sherman will teach Grading 102 at the September 2015 Long Beach Expo.

PCGS will offer two separate seminars from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 19.  Grading 102 “Qualifiers” will be taught by Michael Sherman, PCGS Director of Collector Education.  The other seminar, Grading 103 “No Grades and Counterfeit Detection,” will be taught by Mike Faraone, PCGS Lead Counterfeit Detection Expert.

“Space for the PCGS Collector Education Program seminars is limited and anyone interested in attending is encouraged to make a reservation as soon as possible,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

The cost for each four-hour seminar is $149 for PCGS Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond level Collector’s Club members, and $199 for non-members.  Lunch is included for the seminar attendees.

Attendance for Grading 102 and 103 will be limited to 30 people for each class.  Advance reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis.  To register, visit the PCGS Online store at www.PCGS.com/store.

“Grading 102 topics will cover ‘qualifiers,’ including color on copper coins, the strike on silver and nickel coins, and proof-like and cameo surfaces,” explained Sherman.  “Grading proof coins also will be discussed along with ultra-high grade modern coins and difficult to grade series, such as U.S. Indian gold coins.”

The Grading 103 seminar will examine the interesting world of ‘No Grades,’ coins that for some reason either cannot receive a regular grade but can still be placed in a PCGS holder, or coins that cannot be encapsulated by PCGS.

Grading 103 will be taught by Mike Faraone at the September 2015 Long Beach Expo.

Grading 103 will be taught by Mike Faraone at the September 2015 Long Beach Expo.

“Each of the dozen or so reasons for a possible ‘No Grade’ evaluation will be covered in detail with numerous photographic enlargements and actual examples of coins,” said Faraone.  “The second part of this seminar will cover counterfeit detection, including struck and cast counterfeits, and alterations to genuine coins, such as an added mintmark or changed date.”

The Long Beach Expo will be conducted Thursday through Saturday, September 17 – 19, 2015, in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.  For additional information about the show, visit www.LongBeachExpo.com.

For additional information about the grading and counterfeit detection seminars, contact PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848 or by email at info@PCGS.com.

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PCGS Grading Contest Announced For September 2015 Long Beach Expo

July 28, 2015 in Clubs and Associations, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, Grading, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Seminars, Young Collectors

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July 28, 2015

News media contact:
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PCGS Grading Contest Announced
For September 2015 Long Beach Expo

 

A young numismatist examining a coin during the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.

A young numismatist examining a coin during the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.

Collectors, dealers and young numismatists again will have the chance to test their coin grading skills and compete for prizes in the PCGS Coin Grading Contest.  The newly announced competition will be held at the September 2015 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo, but interested participants should sign up now.

The entry fee is $50 for dealers and their associates, $25 for collectors and free for young numismatists.

The dealer with the highest score will receive a $1,000 check from Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com).  The highest scoring collector will receive $500 and the highest scoring young numismatist will receive a Mint State Morgan Dollar.

“Responses to our previous grading contests have been excellent.  We had to turn away several people who had not pre-registered for the last competition at the June Long Beach Expo because all the available slots were already filled,” said PCGS President Don Willis. “So, don’t wait to register.”

The competition will be open to members of the PCGS Collectors Club, PCGS Authorized Dealers, PCGS Set Registry participants, PCGS CoinFacts subscribers and young collectors aged 16 or younger.

To register for a contest time slot or get additional information, call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848, Monday through Friday between 7:00 am to 5:00 pm PST, or email info@PCGS.com.

A contestant closely examining one of the coins during the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.

A contestant closely examining one of the coins during the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.

Participants in the dealers and collectors categories will have 30 minutes to grade 20 coins, while young numismatists will have 20 minutes to grade 10 coins.

“Once again, a variety of coins will be carefully selected for the contest, and evaluating each one will definitely challenge even the most knowledgeable collector,” said PCGS Co-Founder and Collectors Universe President David Hall.

The Long Beach Expo will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave., in Long Beach, California, September 17 – 19, 2015.  Additional information about the show is available at www.LongBeachExpo.com.

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