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PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame adds to growing list of inductees

August 9, 2017 in Awards, Coin Dealers, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Press Release News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

(Denver, Colorado)—On Friday, August 4, 2017, two more renowned numismatists joined the ranks of the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame.

In the final days of this year’s World’s Fair of Money, during the PCGS Set Registry Luncheon, Kevin Lipton and the late David Proskey joined the esteemed list of numismatists who comprise the PCGS CoinFacts Hall of Fame.

“It’s important that we acknowledge those who have made tremendous contributions to the industry and the hobby we love. Kevin Lipton and David Proskey did just that. The PCGS CoinFacts Hall of Fame has been adding prestigious names throughout numismatics since 2010,… Full article at the source>

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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>

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PCGS To Attribute Branch Mint Marks on Silver Eagles

April 6, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Grading, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Precious Metals, Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Eagles, US Mint, USA Coins

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April 6, 2017

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

PCGS To Attribute Branch Mint Marks on Silver Eagles

UPDATE 4/7/2017 9:22AM PST: For 2014-2017 boxes that have a sticker on the side that includes the designation “WPM”, PCGS believes that these boxes, regardless of their serial number, originated in West Point. Therefore, at this time, and until we receive further clarification from the U.S. Mint, we will not be attributing such boxes to Philadelphia or San Francisco.  

Acting upon the original documents provided to Coin World in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, Professional Coin Grading Service is pleased to announce that it will attribute certain 2014 through 2017 American Silver Eagles with a “mint mark” indicating where the coin was struck.

Officially, American Silver Eagles during this period were minted at the West Point Mint, and in fact, most American Silver Eagles were in fact struck at that branch. However, due to high demand, the U.S. Mint used the facilities in San Francisco and Philadelphia to augment the production of the West Point Mint.

Until now, the information about how many American Silver Eagles were made in each of the other branches has not been released to the public. Instead, the Mint’s figures officially reflected the total mintage, and listed those mintages as having been produced at West Point.

However, the FOIA documents reveal a method of identifying where a given box of Silver Eagles was minted. Following this method, PCGS will attribute coins from such boxes as having been produced at the branch mint at which it was made.

For example, a Silver Eagle minted in Philadelphia in 2015 would be attributed “2015-(P)”. The mintage figures, and how to identify them, are set forth in the tables below.

 

San Francisco Mint

Year

Mintage

Box #/Identification

2014

7,025,000

Red banding

2015

0

N/A

2016

4,650,000

Various 6 digits starting with 4

2017

3,000,000

Various 6 digits starting with 4

 

Philadelphia Mint

Year

Mintage

Box #/Identification

2014

0

N/A

2015

79,640

Various 5 digits starting with 1

2016

1,151,500

Various 6 digits starting with 5

2017

1,000,000

Various 6 digits starting with 5

 

West Point Mint

Year

Mintage

Box #/Identification

2014

23,450,000

Various 6 digits; All WP started in 1,2, or 3

2015

46,920,500

Various 6 digits; All WP started in 1,2, or 3

2016

31,900,000

Various 6 digits; All WP started in 1,2, or 3

2017

5,425,000

Various 6 digits; All WP started in 1,2, or 3

Owners of Mint-sealed boxes of American Silver Eagles from 2014 to 2017 can find the box number, which is written in black marker, and determine the specific branch mint.

Contact Mark Stephenson (mark@collectors.com) or Daniel Kedem (dkedem@collectors.com) for more information on PCGS Bulk Services, including how to submit bulk quantities of 2014 to 2017 American Silver Eagles.

Founded in 1986 by distinguished numismatic experts, Professional Coin Grading Service is the most respected coin authentication and grading company in the world and has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris and the United States. For more information on PCGS and its services, visit www.PCGS.com.  

Editor’s Note: PCGS is continuing to research this matter. Since publishing this press release, PCGS has been alerted to the fact that the FOIA response may be incomplete with respect to the 2015 Philadelphia Silver Eagles; we are pursuing clarification from the U.S. Mint. For up to date information, please contact Mark Stephenson at mark@collectors.com or Daniel Kedem at dkedem@collectors.com.

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Follow-up: The Volatile State of Online Estate Auctions

February 14, 2017 in Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Education, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Earlier this year I wrote an investigative analysis titled “The Volatile State of Online Estate Auctions,” noting how tardy technological upgrades in addition to fees from auction portals and credit card companies—often combined with building rent and/or upkeep of onsite facilities—continued to push buyer premiums ever higher.

Shipping has always been an issue with auction houses. Some use third-party shippers. Some do not ship at all.. And a few charge high shipping fees..

These costs were passed to bidders, I noted. At first, auctioneers with onsite clientele did not charge local buyers any fees. Then many had to do so… Full article at the source>

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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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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>

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Registry Riot

November 20, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service)

By: Laura Sperber Legend Numismatics Hot Topics

THINK RATIONAL PEOPLE!

First, let me state I have NEVER been a fan of the Set Registries. I do see they can do some good and are good for record keeping, but I happen to see a lot of negatives. Further, I want to make it clear I do NOT like or support Mark Salzberg of NGC. However, I do fully agree with him banning “other” grading services from NGC Registries, HOWEVER (another big HOWEVER) what he said and his reasoning for the action were childish to the nth degree.

In the beginning when PCGS started its Registry it was all… Full article at the source>

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A bad culture

June 19, 2016 in Blogs, Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Laura Sperber  Legend Numismatics Hot Topics

REALLY?

For years now coin doctoring and gradeflation have been two if the biggest problems with the hobby. Coin doctoring actually has lessened to a small dgree, while gradeflation has not. Its one thing that’s standards have changed, but its another when EVERYONE keeps pushing the standards.

I have seen a very upsetting trend of late. I work very hard to help collectors build their dream sets. I buy them ONLY PCGS CAC coins that are all there and then some. In many cases, that is what the customers demand anyway. The disturbing thing I am experiencing has to do with the… Full article at the source>

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PCGS Analysis Confirms Two More Virtually Pure Copper Judd-2 1792 Pattern Cents

February 26, 2016 in Antique Coins, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Education, Grading, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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February 26, 2016

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PCGS Analysis Confirms Two More
Virtually Pure Copper Judd-2 1792 Pattern Cents

 

This 1792 J-2 pattern cent owned by California collector Alan Weinberg is nearly pure copper, according to PCGS. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

This 1792 J-2 pattern cent owned by California collector Alan Weinberg is nearly pure copper, according to PCGS. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) recently had the unique opportunity to perform metallurgical testing on two different examples of the extremely rare 1792 Pattern Cent.  Both were shown to have been made of essentially pure copper instead of a “fusible alloy” containing copper and a small portion of silver.  

“The results give a clearer picture of how the U.S. Mint experimented on the earliest American coins in preparation for official coining in 1793.  At least three of the nine known 1792 Cents originally designated as the Judd-2 variety now are confirmed to be composed of virtually pure copper,” said Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGSCoinFacts.com), the Internet’s most comprehensive source for information about United States coins.

“This represents a major step forward in our understanding of early American numismatics, plus it was the first time these two rarities have been together in 224 years.  Working with the owners of the two 1792 cents, PCGS arranged for an in-house, non-invasive metallurgical analysis of their coins,” explained Guth.   

PCGS confirmed the Wolcott specimen 1792 J-2 cent is essentially pure copper. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

PCGS confirmed the Wolcott specimen 1792 J-2 cent is essentially pure copper. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

One of the recently tested Judd-2 cents has been owned by collector Alan Weinberg of California since 1988 when he purchased it at a Bowers and Merena auction.  Its pedigree includes the Lorin G. Parmelee, Virgil Brand and Norweb collections.  Although uncertified, PCGS estimates its grade as EF45, making it the second finest known.

The other recently tested coin, graded PCGS VF35, was unknown until 2004 when the Wolcott family from southwestern New York State brought their inherited coin to the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was certified by PCGS and its discovery generated nationwide headlines.  Owners since then have included Anthony Terranova, Denis Loring, Legend Numismatics and Bob R. Simpson. The coin now is owned by a collector who wishes to remain anonymous after purchasing it through Heritage Auctions this past January.

A third Judd-2 1792 cent, confirmed to be pure copper, is in the American Numismatic Association Edward C. Rochette Money Museum collection, and graded Good.

Early United States Mint engraver Henry Voight, who also created the 1793 Chain and Wreath cent varieties, designed the Judd-2 variety.

Judd refers to the book, United States Pattern, Experimental and Trial Pieces, a reference guide authored by Dr. J. Hewitt Judd.  Coins listed in the book are classified by Judd numbers, including J-2, the current designation for 1792-dated cents made of pure copper.

“1792 saw a flurry of activity aimed at establishing a mint in the United States.  Congress passed a Mint Act, a Director was chosen, a parcel of land was purchased, a building was erected in Philadelphia and employees were hired,” explained Guth.

“Several one-cent denomination coins were tested that year: a large copper piece known today as the Birch Cent (Judd-4); a smaller copper piece with a silver center (Judd-1); a piece of similar size in pure copper (Judd-2); and a piece of similar size with the copper and the silver center cent melted together into what is known as a ‘fusible alloy’ (Judd did not create a separate listing for such a coin).”  

“Mint records point to their experiment with fusible alloy cents, but none have been confirmed to date (one example tested years ago showed a small fraction of silver, but the margin of error of the test precluded a positive determination).”

The search for a real Fusible Alloy cent continues.  “Hopefully,” concluded Guth, “testing of the remaining 1792 cents will reveal the true nature of these remarkable coins.”

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary 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 32 million coins with a total market value of over 30 billion dollars.

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

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NGC Upgrades Guides to Match PCGS CoinFacts

February 13, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, News, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), USA Coins

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

priceguide

Following the PCGS announcement late last year that CoinFacts would be available to hobbyists for free, competitor NGC has launched a nifty, enhanced price guide that contains many of the same features as CoinFacts, with graphics, census data, and auction prices.

In a news release earlier this month, NGC claimed that its U.S. Coin Price Guide is faster and easier to use–on computers, tablets, and smartphones.I tried it. The company is correct.

When you log on to the price guide, you locate your coin type from a table of images, making the selection easier and more visually appealing than if… 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

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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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Crack-Out or Reconsideration? See these results!

February 2, 2016 in Auctions, Coins, Collecting, Education, Grading, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), USA Coins

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

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Recently in an estate auction I won more than 50 lots of coins in older green PCGS holders, which traditionally have the allure of being conservatively graded and deserving of upgrades.

For several years now I have been submitting my own coins to the top holdering companies, paying an annual fee for that privilege to PCGS and NGC. (ANACS and ICG do not charge fees; but I seldom submit to them because I have set registries in the other two top companies.)

Only rarely do older numismatic estates come up for auction, and when they do by the major houses such as… Full article at the source>

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

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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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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 Will Offer Popular Crossover Special At February 2016 Long Beach Expo

January 11, 2016 in Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Dollar Coins, Education, Events, Grading, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

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January 11, 2016

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PCGS Will Offer Popular Crossover Special At February 2016 Long Beach Expo

 

Professional Coin Grading Service will again offer a special opportunity for its popular “crossover” service at the February 4 – 6, 2016 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo.  The usual crossover grading fee will be reduced to only $10 on coins submitted at the show that do not qualify to be placed into PCGS holders.

“The best coins always end up in PCGS holders,” states PCGS President Don Willis. This 1801 Draped Bust dollar from the Newman Collection crossed over to become PCGS Secure MS65.

“The best coins always end up in PCGS holders,” states PCGS President Don Willis. This 1801 Draped Bust dollar from the Newman Collection crossed over to become PCGS Secure MS65.

“The best coins always end up in PCGS holders because collectors and dealers know that PCGS certification helps maximize the value, liquidity and security of coins,” stated PCGS President Don Willis.

“As 2015 auction results demonstrate, coins in PCGS holders repeatedly brought the highest prices.  The February Long Beach Expo is an excellent opportunity to submit your coins that have been graded by other third-party grading companies. If the coins do not meet PCGS standards and are not crossed over, you only pay $10 in grading fees,” explained Willis.

The criteria for the Long Beach Expo Crossover Special are simple:

  • PCGS will accept coins in ANACS, ICG or NGC holders.
  • Each customer can submit a maximum of 600 crossovers.
  • The Crossover Special is not available for Show Express orders.
  • For coins that cross, you will be charged the regular grading fee and handling fee, along with the Guarantee Premium, which is equal to 1% of the value of the coin in its final grade ($5 minimum Guaranteed Premium).
  • Any con that does not cross will be returned in its original holder and you will only be charged $10 per coin, and a handling fee of $10 per order.

Coins received by PCGS after 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 4, may not be completed by the end of the show. Please check with a PCGS Customer Service Representative at the booth (#807) for official cutoff information.  Any submissions not completed at the show are subject to appropriate shipping and handling charges which are in addition to any grading or guarantee premium fees.  PCGS recommends a credit card as method of payment to ensure overpayment is avoided.

For additional information about the February 2016 Long Beach Expo Crossover special offer, contact PCGS Customer Service representatives at the PCGS booth during the Long Beach Expo or call (800) 447-8848.

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PCGS Prepares Labels for Mint’s 2016 Classic Commemoratives

January 9, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Dimes, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Half Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Precious Metals, Quarters, US Mint, USA Coins

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

Mercury

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) announced today that it is developing a full suite of attractive labels for 2016 coins commemorating classic designs by the U.S. Mint, featuring .9999 24-karat gold coins in the original size of the Winged Liberty dime, Standing Liberty quarter dollar, and Walking Liberty half dollar.

The Winged Liberty dime, designed by Adolph A. Weinman, includes an image of Liberty that often is mistaken for the Mercury, the Roman god, which is why the denomination is often called the Mercury dime. The gold issue of this coin will contain “AU,” symbol for gold, on the reverse. It… Full article at the source>

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New PCGS Vice President Excited About Planned 2016 U.S. Commemorative Coins

January 5, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Dimes, Gold, Gold Coins, Half Dollars, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Precious Metals, Press Releases, US Mint, USA Coins

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January 5, 2015

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New PCGS Vice President Excited About Planned 2016 U.S. Commemorative Coins

 

Mark Stephenson, PCGS Vice President and Director of Bulk Services.

Mark Stephenson, PCGS Vice President and Director of Bulk Services.

The United States Mint’s plans for creation of gold coins in 2016 based on classic silver coin designs issued a century earlier could spark a resurgence in the popularity of modern commemoratives, according to Mark Stephenson, Vice President of Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com).

“2016 is looking like it will be a bounce back year for modern coins.  The U.S. Mint’s 2016 releases, like the gold renditions of three classic 1916 designs, have me excited about the year’s prospects.  PCGS is already developing a full suite of attractive labels for these coins that both dealers and collectors will love,” said Stephenson who was recently appointed PCGS Vice President and Director of Bulk Services.  

In early November, the United States Mint announced it will strike coins to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Winged Liberty (“Mercury”) dime, Standing Liberty quarter-dollar and Walking Liberty half-dollar.  The “dime” will contain one-tenth troy ounce of gold; the “quarter-dollar” one-quarter ounce; and the “half-dollar” one-half ounce.  All three coins will be struck in .9999 fine, 24-karat gold.

The New Year will also mark two other important numismatic anniversaries.

“It will be the 30th anniversary of the American Silver Eagle bullion coins and the 30th anniversary for PCGS in 2016.  We intend to commemorate both occasions in a classic way that will excite the hobby.  PCGS’ innovative label designs and secure holder paired with the beautiful American Silver Eagle make a great combination,” stated Stephenson.

PCGS Vice President Mark Stephenson is looking forward to the United States Mint’s plans to issue gold coins in 2016 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the classic designs of the 1916 Walking Liberty Half dollar (shown here), Standing Liberty quarter-dollar and Winged Liberty/Mercury dime. (Photo from PCGS CoinFacts.)

PCGS Vice President Mark Stephenson is looking forward to the United States Mint’s plans to issue gold coins in 2016 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the classic designs of the 1916 Walking Liberty Half dollar (shown here), Standing Liberty quarter-dollar and Winged Liberty/Mercury dime. (Photo from PCGS CoinFacts.)

Prior to his appointment as PCGS Vice President, Stephenson served as the company’s Director of Customer Relations, and earlier he managed a successful rare coin dealership.

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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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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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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Cool Coins from the 2015 ANA: Part Three

September 8, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

Around two years ago, a good client from the Midwest tasked me with what seemed like a difficult but not impossible job: assemble a complete denomination set of Matte Proof gold. I upped the stakes by adding the following criteria: each coin had to be graded by PCGS and approved by CAC, and each coin had to be a different date. After a one and a half year search, I was finally able to find him an Indian Head eagle: this lovely 1914 in PCGS/CAC PR65.

1914 $10.00 PCGS PR65 CAC

The 1914 eagle has a mintage of just 50 which is… Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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Cool Coins from the 2015 ANA: Part Two

August 31, 2015 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Blogs, Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

At the recent 2015 ANA convention, I was able to purchase a number of really exciting choice and rare 18th and 19th century United States gold coins. Some of these never made my website; others did and sold quickly. In the latter category was a fresh-to-the-market 1840-C half eagle, graded MS63 by PCGS and later approved by CAC.

1840-C $5.00 PCGS MS63 CAC

This coin was offered to me by one of my favorite wholesale suppliers, and he was quick to tell me that this piece had never appeared on the market before being offered for sale at the 2015 ANA show… Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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Think You Can Grade? Prove It! PCGS Brings Back Coin Grading Contest At June Long Beach Expo

April 23, 2015 in Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Conventions, Education, Events, Grading, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Young Collectors

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Think You Can Grade? Prove It! PCGS Brings

Back Coin Grading Contest At June Long Beach Expo

Test your grading skills

PCGS Brings Back Coin Grading Contest At June Long Beach Expo

Collectors, dealers and young numismatists can test their coin grading skills by competing in the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show.

The collector and the dealer with the highest score will each receive a $1,000 check from Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com), and the young numismatist with the highest score will receive a PCGS-certified Morgan silver dollar.

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.

“The upcoming PCGS Grading Contest will be an outstanding opportunity for collectors, dealers and young numismatists to demonstrate their grading skills and receive a nice reward if they are able to match the opinion rendered by PCGS,” said Michael Sherman, PCGS Director of Collector Education.

Adults will have 20 minutes to grade 20 coins, young numismatists will have 20 minutes to grade 10 coins.

Participants must register in advance and reserve a time slot to take the test.  Registration and testing will be held at the PCGS Coin Grading Contest booth, #1127, at the Long Beach Expo and will begin during dealer set up on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 3, 2015, and continue throughout the show from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5, and 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 6.

“A variety of coins have been carefully selected for the contest, and evaluating each one will definitely challenge even the most knowledgeable collector,” said PCGS Co-Founder David Hall.  “We’ve included a few plus grades, some designation dilemmas, and even a counterfeit coin to see who really knows their stuff.  We hope the contest will be fun as well as challenging, and we look forward to honoring the winners.”

The entry fee is $50 for dealers and adult collectors.  Entry is free for young numismatists 16 and younger.  Employees of PCGS and Collectors Universe are not eligible.  Additional information and rules about the contest will be posted on the PCGS website.

“Based on previous PCGS Grading Contests, we anticipate the available entry space will fill up quickly.  So, I encourage everyone thinking about entering to promptly register so they don’t miss out on this exciting way to test their grading skills,” said Don Willis, PCGS President.

To register or get additional information, call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848, Monday through Friday between 7:00 am to 5:00 pm PST.

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

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Long Beach Expo Offers Look at PCGS-Certified Pogue’s 1822 & 1854-S Half Eagles & Dexter 1804 Dollar!

January 27, 2015 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Conventions, Dollar Coins, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Precious Metals, Press Releases, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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January 26, 2015

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Long Beach Expo Offers Look at PCGS-Certified Pogue’s 1822 & 1854-S Half Eagles & Dexter 1804 Dollar!

Graded PCGS Secure AU58+, the 1854-S Half Eagle is another treasure from the Pogue Family Collection. (Photo credit: PCGS.)

Graded PCGS Secure AU58+, the 1854-S Half Eagle is another treasure from the Pogue Family Collection. (Photo credit: PCGS.)

The Pogue Family Collection 1822 Half Eagle, graded PCGS Secure AU50. (Photo credit: PCGS.)

The Pogue Family Collection 1822 Half Eagle, graded PCGS Secure AU50. (Photo credit: PCGS.)

(Long Beach, California) — Three numismatic national treasures from the eagerly-anticipated D. Brent Pogue Family Collection, the 1822 and 1854-S Half Eagles and the Dexter 1804 dollar, will make their West Coast debut at the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com), January 29 – 31, 2015.

The historic coins will be among the PCGS-certified Pogue Family Collection items displayed by Stack’s Bowers Galleries at their booth (#502) during the three-day show.  Stack’s Bowers and Sotheby’s will jointly offer the collection in a series of auctions starting in May.

“The 1822 Capped Bust Half Eagle is one of the greatest numismatic treasures of the United States,” stated David Hall, Co-Founder of Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com).

“United States Mint records indicate that 17,796 $5 gold coins were produced in 1822, but today only three survivors are known.  Two of them are part of National Numismatic Collection in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History,” explained PCGS President Don Willis.  “The Pogue coin is the finest of the three, and is graded PCGS Secure™ AU50.”

The Dexter specimen 1804 Class I Draped Bust dollar in the Pogue Family Collection is graded PCGS Secure PR65.  (Photo credit: PCGS.)

The Dexter specimen 1804 Class I Draped Bust dollar in the Pogue Family Collection is graded PCGS Secure PR65. (Photo credit: PCGS.)

Legendary collector and Baltimore, Maryland banker and financier, Louis E. Eliasberg Sr. purchased the coin from dealer Abe Kosoff for $14,000 in 1945. Pogue bought it for $687,500 in 1982 at “The United States Gold Coin Collection” auction of Eliasberg coins conducted by Bowers and Merena (now Stack’s Bowers).

There also are only three known 1854-S Coronet Head Half Eagles, and one of them is part of the Smithsonian’s holdings.  The Pogue coin, graded PCGS Secure AU58+, also was formerly in the Eliasberg Collection.  Mint record indicate only 268 $5 gold coins were struck at the San Francisco Mint in 1854.

Only eight examples of the Class I Lettered Edge Draped Bust 1804 dollars are known.  The Pogue family owns the Dexter Specimen, graded PCGS Secure PR65.

Ron Guth, President of PCGSCoinFacts.com (www.PCGScoinfacts.com) states: “The 1804 Silver Dollar is one of the rarest and most popular of all American coins, despite the fact that none were made until 1834 and several were even made many years after that!”

A close up of the Dexter "D" in a cloud on the reverse of the Dexter specimen 1804 dollar.  (Photo credit: PCGS.)

A close up of the Dexter “D” in a cloud on the reverse of the Dexter specimen 1804 dollar. (Photo credit: PCGS.)

The Long Beach Explo will be in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.  Public hours are Thursday and Friday, January 29 and 30, from 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, January 31, 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, PRJAN15.  Then print out the free admission coupon and present it at the show’s registration desk,” said Long Beach Expo President Cassi 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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