Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has launched PCGS Photograde™ Online (www.PCGS.com/Photograde) as part of the recently revamped PCGS web site. An Apple iPhoneTM version also is available.
Using high-resolution images from the extensive PCGS Grading Reference Set and other selected coins also archived with the acclaimed PCGS TrueView™ photo service, collectors, dealers and the general public can match up their United States coins with the superb-quality online photos to determine their approximate grades and values of their coins.
PCGS Photograde Online is free, and provides detailed close-up photo images for 25 types of 19th and 20th century U.S. coinage issues in up to 12 different grades.
A special PCGS Photograde Online application for iPhones and the Apple iPod touchTM can be downloaded free from the Apple iTunes App Store. It will be demonstrated by PCGS during the upcoming Florida United Numismatists convention in Orlando.
"PCGS Photograde Online is one of the most useful, easy-to-use tools ever developed. While it is not a substitute for certification of authenticity and grade by PCGS experts, it will revolutionize the coin collecting experience. Even a novice will be able to estimate the grade by comparing his or her coin to the photo that most closely matches its condition," said Don Willis, PCGS President.
"Imagine walking through a coin show and being able to instantly bring up clear grading guide photos on your iPhone to compare with the coins you see offered for sale," said PCGS Co-Founder and Collectors Universe President David Hall.
The 25 series of denominations and designs now available online are:
Indian Head cents, 1864 – 1909
Lincoln cents, 1909 – date
Liberty nickels, 1883 – 1913
Indian/Buffalo, 1913 – 1938
Jefferson nickels, 1938 – date
Barber dimes, 1892 – 1916
Winged Liberty/Mercury dimes, 1916 – 1945
Roosevelt dimes, 1946 – date
Barber quarters, 1892 – 1916
Standing Liberty quarters, 1916 – 1930
Washington quarters, 1932 – date
Barber halves, 1892 – 1915
Walking Liberty halves, 1916 – 1947
Franklin halves, 1948 – 1963
Kennedy halves, 1964 – date
Morgan dollars, 1878 – 1921
Peace dollars, 1921 – 1935
Liberty Quarter Eagles, 1840 – 1907
Indian Head Quarter Eagles, 1908 – 1929
Liberty Half Eagles, 1839 -1908
Indian Head Half Eagles, 1908 – 1929
Liberty Eagles, 1838 – 1907
Indian Head Eagles, 1907 – 1933
Liberty Double Eagles. 1850 – 1907
Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles, 1907 – 1933
Eventually, PCGS Photograde Online will include all major 18th, 19th and 20th century U.S. coinage series from half cents to Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles in up to 30 grades from Poor 1 through Mint State 70
"You can use PCGS CoinFacts first to determine what kind of coin you have, then determine the approximate grade by matching it up with a similar image shown on PCGS Photograde Online, and then easily click to the PCGS Price Guide to get a ballpark estimate on the coin’s current retail value when it’s PCGS-certified," explained Willis.
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Founded in 1986, Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT), and represents the standard in third-party certification. PCGS experts have authenticated and graded more than 18 million coins with a combined total value of over $19 billion.
For additional information, contact PCGS by phone at (800) 477-8848 or by email at info@PCGS.com.