Insist On PCGS
Muriel Eymery, PCGS Vice President, International Business, discusses the international market's positive experience with PCGS at the World Money Fair in Berlin. Watch video.
PCGS Grading Week in Paris (March 4-8) again produced strong coin submissions from around Europe. Highlighting the PCGS submissions were nearly five hundred U.S. 19th and early 20th century $20 gold coins discovered in the attic of a French vineyard. These PCGS-certified coins, known as the “Collection Champagne Lanson,” will soon go to auction. Read more.
If you can’t make it to our European or Hong Kong submission center, visit PCGS at one of the many numismatic trade shows held throughout the year. PCGS attends numerous shows around the world, accepting take-home submissions and in some cases, offering on-site grading. Click here to find a show near you.
PCGS receives positive feedback from German Collectors at the 2013 World Money Fair in Berlin. Watch video.
PCGS Secure is the most reliable protection you can give your coins. With the PCGS Secure™ service, each coin (both sides) is laser scanned, imaged, and registered into the Secure data base. A metallic analysis can also be performed to help detect counterfeit or altered coins. If a coin has been tampered with, it will be revealed. And now, high-quality images of all coins submitted under Secure are available under Cert Verification on the PCGS website, free of charge.
The Importance of Coin Grading
As coin collecting gained momentum during the early 1900s, the condition of a coin, along with its rarity, essentially determined its value as is the case today. And over the years, coin grading evolved to a system of finer and finer grade distinctions. The problem was the often subjective assignment of "grades" by different coin dealers.
Even after the Sheldon Scale of grading was introduced in 1948, the need for numismatists to agree on a universal standard remained. When PCGS was founded in 1986, the problem of standardization was solved - providing a reliable form of protection for rare coin collectors. In short, PCGS revolutionized the coin grading industry by creating an environment where consumers could participate in the coin market with confidence.
With PCGS grading behind your coins, you are guaranteed a level of impartiality, grading accuracy and authenticity that was previously unavailable, and only the leader in third-party grading can provide.
The PCGS Guarantee
The PCGS Guarantee of Grade and Authenticity is fundamental to our concept of third-party grading. The cash-back policy ensures the accuracy of the grade assigned to any PCGS coin as long as it remains in its tamper-evident holder and neither the coin nor the holder has been tampered with.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All PCGS graded World coins are covered by the PCGS Guarantee of Grading and Authenticity. There are some terms and restrictions, so for a detailed explanation of the PCGS Guarantee (English), click here.
PCGS Grading Standard
The PCGS Grading Standard is based on the 1-70 Sheldon Scale and is the guide we use for every coin we grade.
PCGS offers a full description of each grade, including suffixes that are added to certain grades, and No-Grade codes. For more information, please view the PCGS Grading Standards.
To see how the PCGS Grading Standards compare to established European Standards, Click here.