Professional Coin Grading Service will award a collector and dealer each $1,000 and a young numismatist a certified Morgan silver dollar as winning prizes in a coin grading competition at the upcoming Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Show.
Held June 3 to June 6, 2015 in the Long Beach Convention Center, the contest is open to members of the PCGS Collectors Club, PCGS Authorized Dealers, PCGS Set Registry participants, PCGS CoinFacts subscribers and young collectors aged 16 or younger.
"A variety of coins have been carefully selected for the contest, and evaluating each one will definitely challenge even the most knowledgeable collector," said PCGS Co-Founder David Hall. "We’ve included a few plus grades, some designation dilemmas, and even a counterfeit coin to see who really knows their stuff. We hope the contest will be fun as well as challenging, and we look forward to honoring the winners."
Young numismatists will have 20 minutes to grade 10 coins. They can enter the contest for free. There is an entry fee of $50 for adults, and they will have to grade 20 coins in 20 minutes. Employees of PCGS and Collectors Universe are not eligible.
Participants must register in advance and reserve a time slot to take the test.
"Based on previous PCGS Grading Contests, we anticipate the available entry space will fill up quickly. So, I encourage everyone thinking about entering to promptly register," said Don Willis, PCGS President.
Registration and testing will be held at the PCGS Coin Grading Contest booth, #1127, and will take place during the scheduled times of:
- dealer set up on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 3,
- from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5, and
- from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 6.
Registration is also available by calling PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848, Monday through Friday between 7:00 am to 5:00 pm PST.