Rare Large Cent Display and PCGS Grading Contest at 2013 FUN


Professional Coin Grading Service in January will exhibit exceptionally rare large cents and offer a chance to win a highly desired coin.

PCGS MS63BN 1793 Chain AMERICA large cent
This 1793 Chain AMERICA large cent, graded PCGS Secure Plus MS63 BN, is one of the highlights in the first-ever display by PCGS of the High Desert large cents collection at the FUN convention, January 10 – 13, 2013. (Photo credit: PCGS.)

Superb-quality large cents from the High Desert Collection may be viewed at the 58th Annual FUN convention, held January 10-13, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. During the same time, visitors to PCGS booth #100 can pit their grading talents against others in the PCGS Photograde™ Online Grading Contest for a chance to win a gold coin or silver dollar.

PCGS Photograde™ Online Grading Contest at FUN

The competition tests participant’s skills in grading coins struck by the U.S. Mint. The adult who best grades 20 coins in 20 minutes will receive a Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle gold coin. Younger participants will need to grade 10 coins with top contestants each winning a MS65 Morgan silver dollar.

Visitors to the FUN convention may ask any Professional Coin Grading Service representative about the PCGS Photograde™ Online Grading Contest and to obtain a free entry form.

Large Cent Exhibit at FUN

Shown for the first time anywhere by PCGS, the High Desert Collection display at the FUN convention will include more than 130 superb-quality large cents with three dozen of them listed in the PCGS Population Report as the finest-known or tied for the finest-known. One of the coins is worth more than a million dollars.

"The 1793 Liberty Cap variety graded PCGS Secure Plus MS64+ BN is valued at nearly $1.5 million," said Don Wills, President of Professional Coin Grading Service.

The owner of the collection has been building it for years with the assistance of Scott A. Travers, a New York dealer and award-winning numismatic author. All of the coins in the FUN display were only just added to the PCGS Set Registry™. Their quality, notes PCGS, immediately ranked them as the second finest current collection in the category, Large Cents Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1793-1857).

"The set is 100 percent complete and has a weighted grade point average of 61.645," according to BJ Searls, PCGS Set Registry Program Manager.

The owner ranks his top ten favorite large cents in his collection as:

  • 1793 Chain AMERICA, PCGS Secure Plus MS63 BN
  • 1793 Liberty Cap, PCGS Secure Plus MS64+ BN
  • 1794 Starred Reverse, PCGS Secure Plus XF45 BN
  • 1795 Lettered Edge, PCGS Secure Plus MS65 BN
  • 1797 Reverse of 1797 With Stems, PCGS Secure Plus MS66 RB
  • 1798 Second Hair Style, PCGS Secure Plus MS63 BN
  • 1808 PCGS Secure Plus MS64 RB
  • 1827 PCGS Secure Plus MS65 BN
  • 1839 Silly Head, PCGS Secure Plus MS66+ RD
  • 1855 Knob On Ear, PCGS Secure Plus MS64 RD

Professional Coin Grading Service is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT). More information about the company is available at www.PCGS.com.

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