New security-enhanced holders for PCGS-certified coins are now in use, Professional Coin Grading Service announced Tuesday, May 26.
The holders have both obvious and hidden security features to deter counterfeiters and identify counterfeit holders, the company described, and they also help prevent spotting and toning of coins.
These holders are completely redesigned and include a new baked-in hologram, a new shield logo with micro-text and color shifting security features and a traceable "quick response" code.
"This is the most technically advanced coin holder ever offered," said Don Willis, President of PCGS. "There has never been a coin holder that has gone through as much chemical and laboratory analysis as the 2015 PCGS Gold Shield holder."
Additionally, they are made in a new blend of protective plastic that is 99.99% chemically-inert, identifiable like DNA, tamper-evident and virtually airtight without edge seams.
"This is part of the ongoing, aggressive efforts by PCGS to combat the global proliferation of counterfeit coins and imitation holders," said PCGS Co-Founder David Hall.
Significant design and security features of the new PCGS holders include:
Proprietary polymer formula with embedded PCGS identifiers: Made from a new blend of crystal-clear, scratch-resistant plastic that’s tested to be 99.99% chemically-inert. The chemical formula contains PCGS-specific additives that can be detected using a special handheld device. These sturdier, tamper-evident holders have no edge seam, are virtually airtight and will provide even more protection against potential environmental damage to coins.
Quick Response Code: A QR Code on each label conveniently links directly to the PCGS Certification Verification page at www.PCGS.com/cert.
Embedded hologram with detectable additives: Additives in the embedded hologram and label will allow PCGS to determine the authenticity of the new holders.
New PCGS Secure™ Shield logo: The logo doubles as a security device, and contains micro-text and color shifting features.
Described as "next generation," these new holders are now being used on all submissions certified by PCGS, the company stated. This PCGS video describes the holder’s security enhancements and talks about the major features.
For additional information, visit www.PCGS.com/security.