PCGS Special Labels Available for 2018 Platinum Eagle ‘Life’ Coin


Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is offering special labels for the 2018 Proof Platinum Eagle, the first of three coins from the United State Mint’s Preamble to the Declaration of Independence design series.

Special Label for First-Strike 2018 Proof American Platinum Eagle - Life
The 2018-W Preamble to the Declaration of Independence:
Life Platinum Proof $100 with special PCGS labels designed by Jack Fitch

This year’s edition commemorates "Life." It will be followed in years 2019 and 2020 with designs celebrating "Liberty" and Americans’ pursuit of "Happiness." PCGS has created a special label for each coin. (See designs for the three coins.)

Look to Thursday, Jan. 25, for the "Life" proof Platinum Eagle. The U.S. Mint will begin sales at noon ET.

Its obverse shows an image of Liberty like the Braided Hair Liberty of some vintage U.S. coins. She carries a child on her hip sowing seeds. In the background are mountains and fields with a river running through the fields and a large tree, all symbolizing life. The word "Life" is written in script in the field off Liberty’s shoulder.

Reverses of the 2018, 2019, and 2020 platinum coins share a three-quarter image of an eagle with wings outstretched and an olive branch in its talons.

"When Mark [Stephenson, PCGS Vice President] asked me to create a label series for these coins, I took a look at the Mint’s designs and was struck by their elegant, agrarian and mystic designs," explains Jack Fitch, Product Development Manager at PCGS. "I was inspired to bring that artwork in to the labels, and bring them to life with color, stretching and modifying them to fit our label layout."

Label reverses are a stylized version of the PCGS label, showing the coin’s year, denomination, mint mark, and PCGS certification information.

Information about submission guidelines and fees for the special labels are online at www.pcgs.com/labels. Submission information and guidelines for First Strike designation labels is at www.pcgs.com/firststrike.

"The Preamble to the Declaration of Independence coins are really profound statements of all that is American," said Mark Stephenson, Vice President of PCGS. "These special labels bring together the three-year set in a beautiful way. It’s a cool project that we’re really proud to be a part of."

Since its founding in 1986, PCGS experts have certified over 38 million coins with a total market value of over $32 billion. For information about PCGS products and services, including how to submit your coins for authentication and grading, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

PCGS is a division of Collectors Universe (NASDAQ: CLCT).

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Chas Barber

2018 WW1 coin, the infantryman charges with EYES closed… 2018 APlatE Proof-The kid plants with his eyes closed & so does Mommy who looks like she just got her pus*/ grabbed by POTUS……she looks PO’d…… seems like a year of coins with weak designs may emerge….. Medals ahh the WW1 medals are great, but way overpriced & held hostage by the artists self-portrait LEFTY ? WWI coin, how many left handed ’08 Springfields were made? Oh & Japanese WW2 helmets it appears//// what IS going on!>>>???


The previous Platinum reverses were mostly all excellent. Agreed these new designs are a let down. At least going forward I’ll save some “coin” by not buying these.

Seth Riesling

“special labels” = ripoff. I do prefer PCGS certified slabbed coins over NGC slabs for sure since they almost always carry a premium over the same coin in the same grade by NGC. But do you all really think a “pretty” label brings more when you may have to sell these coins? NOT! I purchase secondary market PCGS slabs with “special labels” like 2 or 3 years after they are issued only from dealers who do not charge an extra cent for them since only the grade on the label really matters. Just ask any of the nearly 6,000 coin… Read more »

Chas Barber

Labels shmabels….buy the coin not the holder or the LABEL…really who cares about such stuff???


Joe Brown

Well put Seth, I like a nice design on a label, as long as the label company’s don’t charge extra than the basic label witch i like also, but cut the crap, $18.00 extra for the words ”first strike” come on, can anyone sea anything different, between a first strike 69 label and a basic 69 grade label & of course, the same for 70 grade first strike & 70 basic label, a 69 or 70 grade they look all the same, no matter how you look at them, a 70 is a 70 is a dam 70. 32 billion… Read more »


Here in the last few years we have seen more and more different labels than there use to be. WAAAY TOO MANY!! It was bad enough that the coin dealers were taking advantage of some collectors with all the “FIRST STRIKE”, “EARLY RELEASE” and all of the other “FIRST …” labels and now the grading companies are also wanting a piece of the pie and making all the different “SPECIAL” labels for a coin that is exactly the same as other coins in a plan label. The grading companies can stop making all the different labels and it could put… Read more »

Joe Brown

joera – they should change their names to :: label coin grading company:: they all charge the same price$$ for a 68, 69, 70,grade, the way it us to be, didn’t it all start because of counterfeits? its all crook’it now! it was to stop us from getting rip’t off, now there ripping us off, its all >BS< nothing but B!S!.