About PCGS – The Global Standard for Rare Coin Grading
Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is the most respected name in third-party coin certification. By establishing a universal grading standard, PCGS has paved the way for coin enthusiasts to enjoy buying and selling coins with confidence.
The advent of the third-party appraisal of a coin's physical condition (which is the basis of its grade), backed by the PCGS Guarantee and our network of reputable Authorized Dealers, provides a dependable form of protection for rare coin collectors. Our respected grading standard has enabled PCGS-graded coins to realize record prices in the marketplace. When experienced collectors buy coins, they often buy them certified by the name they trust – PCGS.
In addition to standardized grading, PCGS offers a guarantee of grading accuracy and authenticity for each coin we encapsulate. With decades of combined experience, PCGS graders are selected from an elite group of world-class numismatic experts – some of the most respected and admired in the rare coin industry. As we receive submissions, each coin goes through a step-by-step grading process which ensures the utmost care and consideration of your prized numismatic investment. Our experts handle each coin as if it were part of their own collection.
Each expert works independently in a controlled environment that provides optimum conditions for studying the characteristics and physical condition of each coin. A series of graders enters independent determinations in a computer database until a consensus is reached and the final grade is assigned. To augment their high level of experience, our graders can refer to comprehensive grading sets of U.S. and international coins in order to adhere to PCGS grading standards.
In addition to our expert grading services, PCGS offers several resources for coin enthusiasts to keep up-to-date with current events, prices and information. The PCGS online Price Guide, updated daily, is the most comprehensive list of prices for PCGS-graded coins. Receiving over 100,000 visits each day, this guide is used by collectors as a reference when buying and selling coins.
Other resources include the all-new PCGS CoinFacts, a comprehensive online encyclopedia that will soon offer all the information for every U.S. coin; PCGS Population Report, a census of all coins ever graded by PCGS; Certified Coin Exchange, the most respected online dealer-to-dealer trading network; and the unique PCGS Set RegistrySM, where collectors can showcase their collections and interact and compete with other serious collectors. In addition to U.S. coins, the Set Registry offers categories for coins from many countries.
PCGS also attends various coin shows worldwide, traveling to more than 15 different locations throughout the year to offer our expertise and services to collectors and coin dealers. We recently signed partnership agreements with the national mints of Poland and New Zealand to establish regional coin submission centers, and look forward to establishing more such partnerships in the near future.
Independently graded coins, especially those in PCGS holders, give both buyers and sellers peace of mind. That is why PCGS-graded coins earn more trust and realize higher prices.
PCGS certifies coins from over 100 countries including United States, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, Great Britain, France, Italy, China, Spain, Greece, Mexico, Russia, Canada, India, Hong Kong, Philippines, Australia, Singapore and African countries. PCGS standardized grading has forever changed the process of buying and selling coins, increasing confidence in buyers and sellers around the world.
|NGC is recognized for consistent, accurate grading.
Because of this NGC graded coins are readily accepted by authorized NGC member/dealers as well as other dealers across America and around the world.
NGC is the official grading service of the American Numismatic Association.
The selection and endorsement of America's only official coin collecting organization chartered by Congress is another assurance of the integrity and quality of NGC. NGC has been the official grading service of the ANA since 1995 and has been the only grading service ever to hold that distinction.
NGC is the official grading service of The Professional Numismatists Guild. The PNG is an organization comprised of the world's top rare coin experts. The addition of the PNG's endorsement gives NGC a stamp of approval from one of the most recognized and respected organizations in the rare coin hobby, representing the dealer community.
Choose the NGC grading tier that best fits you.
NGC has many flexible grading tiers from which to choose, from our industry-first Economy service (21-days, $16) to our WalkThrough service (same day, $125), as well as our GoldRush, and Same Day Show grading tiers.
NGC Certification guarantees your coin's authenticity.
Coins graded by NGC are guaranteed to be authentic.
NGC encapsulated coins are securely protected
Our leading security measures, including our industry-first security hologram, bar code and coin identification number, make insurance protection and cataloging easy. Our innovative holder design is also currently the most reliable means of safe storage for your coins. Using inert plastics and sulfur-free paper, it has been tested and proven to provide an effective barrier from corrosive gases and moisture.
NGC VarietyPlus attributes major variety coins.
One of the valuable services offered by NGC is the attribution of coin varieties. By varieties, we mean coins which differ from their basic design type in some distinctive way and are thus differentiated by collectors. Thousands of varieties have been photographed and cataloged in reference books, making them highly collectable. Now your variety coins gain all the advantages of NGC grading and authentication when you choose VarietyPlus in addition to any grading tier.
NGC recognized varieties:
All varieties listed in VarietyPlus (complete catalog available online)
Half cents by Cohen numbers
Large cents by Sheldon (1793-1814) and Newcomb (1816-57) numbers
Half dimes (1794-1837) by Logan-McCloskey numbers
Dimes (1796-1837) by John Reich numbers
Quarter dollars (1796-1838) by Browning numbers
Half dollars (1794-1836) by Overton numbers
Silver dollars (1794-1804) by Bowers-Borckardt and Bolender numbers
Silver dollars (1878-1935) by VAM numbers (8TF, 7/8TF, TOP-100 and HOT-50, and selected other varieties only)
For a complete and specific listing of varieties recognized under the VarietyPlus Service, please visit the VarietyPlus section of this website.
NGC is the leader in grading World Coins.
Not only was NGC the first to grade world coins, but we also have one of the top US authorities on world coinage, recognized expert Ken Krah.
Unique PHOTO PROOF service by NGC showcases your coins
NGC's unique PHOTO PROOF service is an extremely high quality, digitally photographed presentation piece and historical summary that allows you to showcase your finest coins to friends, family and associates while the coins remain safely protected in your bank's vault.
Recognized leader and innovator in collector and professional services.
NGC has long been recognized as the innovative industry leader in collector services, grading services and courteous professional customer service. Virtually all of the important innovations to third-party grading within the past decade were initiated by NGC.