Collectors wanting to learn from experts about coin grading and counterfeit detection can reserve a spot in two PCGS seminars held this September at the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo.
The seminars are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, and space is limited to 30 people for each class.
"Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to make a reservation as soon as possible," said PCGS President Don Willis.
Michael Sherman, PCGS Director of Collector Education, will be the instructor for Grading 102 "Qualifiers."
"Grading 102 topics will cover ‘qualifiers,’ including color on copper coins, the strike on silver and nickel coins, and proof-like and cameo surfaces," explained Sherman. "Grading proof coins also will be discussed along with ultra-high grade modern coins and difficult to grade series, such as U.S. Indian gold coins."
Mike Faraone, PCGS Lead Counterfeit Detection Expert, will teach Grading 103 "No Grades and Counterfeit Detection."
"Each of the dozen or so reasons for a possible ‘No Grade’ evaluation will be covered in detail with numerous photographic enlargements and actual examples of coins," said Faraone. "The second part of this seminar will cover counterfeit detection, including struck and cast counterfeits, and alterations to genuine coins, such as an added mintmark or changed date."
Advance reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Pricing for each four-hour seminar is $149 for PCGS Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond level Collector’s Club members and $199 for non-members. Lunch is included. To register, visit the PCGS Online store at www.PCGS.com/store. For more information, contact PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848 or by email at info@PCGS.com.
The Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo is from September 17 to 19 in the Long Beach Convention Center. For show information, visit www.LongBeachExpo.com.