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Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS)

During the researches conducted by PRIVIET.EU, it became necessary to raise the rank of the numismatic hobby to the level of investment. This is possible only if the numismatic is made available to all investors using an accurate and impartial grading system.

A coin graded by a third-party company inspires confidence which enables it to achieve its maximal value.

Our knowledge of the grading scale and process allows us to interact with professionals and offer you an access to this collection type.

We will offer more and more graded coins but we are also available to help you to grade coins from your own collection. Feel free to contact us and visit our online eshop.

PCGS prices in effect from September 1, 2013.

Maximum Value Fees Charges ATI
Bulk Modern (1) 300€ 10€ 15€
Modern (2) 1 000€ 10€ 20€
Economy non-Gold (Secure) (3) 300€ 10€ 28€
U.S. Gold & World Bullion (4) 3 000€ 10€ 30€
Secure Plus Standard 3 000€ 10€ 45€
Secure Plus Premium 20 000€ 10€ 85€
Secure Plus Rarity 100 000€ 10€ 120€
Secure Plus Ultra Rarity (5) - 10€ 300€ + 1%
Standard Reholder - - 15€
Secure Plus Reholder - - 20€
Adding fees for Oversized Holder - - 25€

(1) For coins dated 1949 to present, except patterns, oversized and gold coins, minimum 100 coin of the same type submission.

(2) For coins dated 1949 to present. Add 5 € per coin for Secure Service.

(3) Pre-1932 Chinese and Pre-1925 Russian coins and all Patterns and Mint Errors must be submitted at the Regular Service level or higher. Not available for on-site grading.

(4) (10 and 20 U.S. Gold or 1/2 and 1 oz. World Bullion) Please confirm with PCGS prior to submitting under this service level.

(5) 1% of the Declared Value stated on the form or 1% of the PCGS Price Guide value.

Contact us for shipping costs.

Secure Plus Service includes a high-resolution image of each of each coin.

Only coins from the 16th Century can be graded.

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.

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) PCGS interview

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 of Grade and Authenticity is fundamental to the 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.

PCGS 1-70 scale
PCGS Grading Standards
PO-1 Identifiable date and type
FR-2 Mostly worn, though some detail is visible
AG-3 Worn rims but most lettering is readable though worn
G-4 Slightly worn rims, flat detail, peripheral lettering nearly full
G-6 Rims complete with flat detail, peripheral lettering full
VG-8 Design worn with slight detail
VG-10 Design worn with slight detail, slightly clearer
F-12 Some deeply recessed areas with detail, all lettering sharp
F-15 Slightly more detail in the recessed areas, all lettering sharp
VF-20 Some definition of detail, all lettering full and sharp
VF-25 Slightly more definition in the detail and lettering
VF-30 Almost complete detail with flat areas
VF-35 Detail is complete but worn with high points flat
EF-40 Detail is complete with most high points slightly flat
EF-45 Detail is complete with some high points flat
AU-50 Full detail with friction over most of the surface, slight flatness on high points
AU-53 Full detail with friction over 1/2 or more of surface, very slight flatness on high points
AU-55 Full detail with friction on less than 1/2 surface, mainly on high points
AU-58 Full detail with only slight friction on the high points
MS/PR-60 No wear. May have many heavy marks/hairlines, strike may not be full
MS/PR-61 No wear. Multiple heavy marks/hairlines, strike may not be full
MS/PR-62 No wear. Slightly less marks/hairlines, strike may not be full
MS/PR-63 Moderate number/size marks/hairlines, strike may not be full
MS/PR-64 Few marks/hairlines or a couple of severe ones, strike should be average or above
MS/PR-65 Minor marks/hairlines though none in focal areas, above average strike
MS/PR-66 Few minor marks/hairlines not in focal areas, good strike
MS/PR-67 Virtually as struck with minor imperfections, very well struck
MS/PR-68 Virtually as struck with slight imperfections, slightest weakness of strike allowed
MS/PR-69 Virtually as struck with minuscule imperfections, near full strike necessary
MS/PR-70 As struck, with full strike
Suffixes to expand numerical grade
PCGS Grading Standards
Color: RD Red - more than 95% original red color
Color: RB Red-Brown - between 5% and 95% original red color
Color: BN Brown - less then 5% original red color
Surface: DC Deep Cameo (1950-1970 Proof Coinage)
  1. Heavily frosted devices on both the obverse and reverse, with no areas of the main devices unfrosted.
  2. Heavy contrast between the fields and devices.
PCGS No-Grade Codes
PCGS Grading Standards
82 Filed Rims Yes Yes
83 Peeling Lamination Yes No
84 Holed and Plugged Yes Yes
86 No Decision Yes No
90 Not Genuine Yes No
91 Questionable Color No Yes
92 Cleaned - surface damage due to a harsh, abrasive cleaning No Yes
93 Planchet Flaw - metal impurity or defect in the planchet No Yes
94 Altered Surfaces - whizzed, harsh cleaning, thumbed over (using a pasty substance to cover defects or alter the appearance) No Yes
95 Scratch No Yes
96 Refund - No Service - coins we do not certify (i.e. medals, some privately made issues, etc.) or cannot certify (i.e. over-sized coins). Fee Refunded Yes No
97 Environmental Damage - i.e. corrosion, coating (lacquer), excessively heavy toning, etc. No Yes
98 Damage - deliberate surface damage, i.e. graffiti, spot(s) removed, etc. Yes Yes
99 PVC (Poly-Vinyl-Chloride) Residue - a plasticizer used to produce vinyl that will leach out of the holder and onto the coin, eventually damaging the surfaces Yes No

Genuine Service

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS)

Coins with any of the problems listed above (except codes 83, 86, 90, 96, and 99) will be encapsulated in a Genuine-Not Gradable holder. Holders and inserts for Genuine coins will be identical to the normal PCGS holder except that the insert will read "GENUINE" in place of the usual grade. No grade will be assigned to these coins, but they will be eligible for inclusion in the PCGS Set Registry with a grade value of 1. Genuine coins will be covered under the PCGS Guarantee of Authenticity but not under the PCGS Guarantee of Grade. PCGS reserves the right to reject any coins submitted that are excessively damaged, altered to such a degree that making a determination of authenticity is difficult or impossible, or which have surface contaminants that may harm the coin in the future.