PCGS Restoration

Restore Your Coins


PCGS Restoration is a service designed to help Collectors address environmental problems with their coins.

Through various non-invasive and industry-accepted techniques, PCGS Restoration can safely restore and enhance the appearance of coins.

  • Preserve Your Coins’ Originality
  • Receive Expert Evaluation
  • Receive PCGS Grading & Guarantee of Authenticity & Grade on all Coin Restorations
PCGS Restoration


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Pricing & Policies

  • General Submissions:  The restoration fee is 3% of the value of the coin in its final grade (minimum of 10€) plus the grading fee based upon the declared value of the coin. PCGS will determine all fees once the order is finalized.
  • 10€ evaluation fee  – If PCGS determines the coin(s) will not benefit from restoration, nor should be restored, the coin(s) will be submitted for grading. Coins that are not restorable will be charged a fee of $10 per coin and then sent for grading. For coins that complete the grading process, standard grading fees (based on the selected service) apply plus the evaluation fee.
  • Modern Service: (1960 to date, maximum value 300€ per coin): 28€ per coin which includes the restoration and grading fee.
  • For coins that require the use of an oversized holder, there is an additional 10€ per coin.
  • Final cost of the submission cannot be determined until coins have completed the restoration and grading process; consequently, the submission form costs will be estimated using the declared value for each coin.
  • Please be advised that fees exclude VAT.
  • Restoration fees can be paid by the following methods of payments: Bank Wire Transfer, Paypal or Credit Card.
Service Level Maximum Coin Value (€) Grading Fee (€)
Excludes VAT
Restoration Rarity* No limit 400 (+3% GP)*
Restoration High Value* 100,000 225 (+3% GP)*
Restoration Premium* 10,000 75 (+3% GP)*
Restoration Regular* 2,500 40 (+3% GP)*
Restoration Economy*
No Pre-1932 Chinese, Pre-1925 Russian, Patterns or Mint Errors. See Below. †
300 27 (+3% GP)*
Restoration Modern (1960 to Date)
No Patterns. No Mint Errors
For PCGS Gold Shield, add 5€ per coin in addition to the grading fee.
2,500 28/33
Flat Rate - Fee is all inclusive for
Grading and Restoration

Gold Shield service includes a high resolution image of each coin.

* Guarantee Premium: 3% of PCGS Price Guide value or Declared Value. Applies to coins that are restorable and gradeable.

† Pre-1932 Chinese, Pre-1925 Russian, all patterns, and Mint Errors must be submitted at the Regular service level or higher.

Eligibility & Requirements

  • All U.S. and World coins that PCGS currently authenticates may be submitted.
  • You must be a current PCGS Collectors Club Member or PCGS Authorized Dealer to submit coins for PCGS Restoration.
  • The appropriate PCGS Restoration submission form must be used.
  • Submit currently PCGS-graded coins in their existing holders.
  • Coins graded by other third-party grading services may be submitted, only if you authorize PCGS to remove the coin(s) from their holder(s) following the initial evaluation of the coin(s). Coins removed from other third-party holders do not qualify for a grade guarantee. You indemnify PCGS from any damage that may be done to the coin(s) during this process. You also acknowledge that some coins may have problems that are not apparent until removed from their holder.
  • Restoration submissions will be accepted at the PCGS Paris Submission Center, through the mail, or at Trade Shows (when avaliable).
  • Genuine with Details is the default Genuine service. The “Do Not Holder” Genuine option can be selected on the submission form.

Restoration Process

  • The restoration service adds time to normal grading turnaround times. All turnaround times are estimated.
  • All coins are evaluated before being removed from their holders.
  • You must agree that PCGS has the right to determine all final coin values.
  • You must agree to pay all fees as determined by PCGS or your submission will not be accepted.
  • All grades are possible, including Genuine with Details (not gradeable).

Submitting a coin for PCGS Restoration in no way guarantees the upgrade of your coin. If the coin is already in a PCGS holder, it is guaranteed not to downgrade, nothing more. Through our restoration service, PCGS is committed to preserving and restoring coins to their original and natural condition. There is always a risk of uncovering issues such as hairlines when haze or film is removed. If a coin already holdered by PCGS when submitted for restoration is discovered to need to be downgraded or receive a no-grade decision, PCGS will initiate a guarantee/buy-back.


  • PCGS Restoration will never add toning to a coin; however, colors can change slightly when contaminates are removed from the surface.
  • In cases where PCGS determines that removing toning will not affect the surfaces of a coin negatively and will improve eye-appeal, it may be done. This type of toning may be the result of improper storage, interaction with corrosive materials, or a type of “stain.”

Surface Contaminants

  • PCGS Restoration will remove any contaminants that are determined to have been deliberately and artificially applied. Examples include putty, grease, and other substances known to be used to deceptively alter the surface of a coin.
  • Restoration will remove contaminants introduced to the coin's surface through improper care or storage. Examples include PVC or verdigris.
  • Dirt or debris can often be removed by PCGS Restoration services.
  • Spots on coins can be the result of a variety of causes. Many spots can be removed, yet some cannot be removed without damaging the coin.
  • PCGS will not attempt to remove a spot unless it is determined that the spot significantly detracts from the coin's overall appearance or is active and will continue to grow.
  • Spots such as old thumbprints often cannot be removed without stripping the coin's original surface and restoration will not be attempted.
  • Newer contaminants such as recent fingerprints often can be removed. Also, certain spots caused by corrosive interactions can typically be removed without impairing the surface.
  • Many modern coins, such as American Silver Eagles and silver medals, can begin to exhibit “milk spotting.” This type of spotting is generally light and opaque white in color. PCGS Restoration will not accept these coins as part of our restoration services.


  • PCGS Restoration will never add, remove, or alter metal. This includes engaging in practices such as smoothing, whizzing, polishing, engraving, etc.
  • Issues such as scratches, dings, planchet flaws, or bending will not be addressed. If it is determined that a coin suffering from one or more of these problems does not have other issues that can be addressed through PCGS Restoration, the coin will not be restored and will be put directly through the grading process.