Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) has reached another major milestone with the 40 millionth coin certified for authenticity and grade.
That particular coin, a Kano Natsuo 1 Yen graded PCGS SP64 and now with a distinctive certification number of 40000000 on the encapsulation insert label, is part of a five-coin set of historic 1869 (Meiji 2) experimental model Japanese coins. The set was submitted to the PCGS Hong Kong office for express service.
"This coin is the highest denomination in an amazingly beautiful set designed by Japanese artist Kano Natsuo (1828-1898) who was famous for engraving swords," explained PCGS President Don Willis.
"Every coin in this set was actually hand engraved, and these became the prototype for the pattern coins that were later used for regular circulation. These all grade as specimens, and are all choice gem 63 or 64. The 40 millionth coin has incredible detail and a three-dimensional design. You can see that it was hand carved. It’s an amazing piece and I’m sure it took a long time to create and was a great labor of love. We are really happy to have this as our 40 millionth coin," Willis stated.
The other four coins in the Kano Natsuo set are: 1/20th Yen, graded PCGS SP63; 1/10th Yen, PCGS SP63; 1/4th Yen, PCGS SP63; and 1/2 Yen, PCGS SP64.
"On behalf of PCGS and the hundreds of employees we have around the world, I want to thank you, our customers, most sincerely for all of the support you have given us. Without you, we never would have gotten to 40 million certified coins. We appreciate the support and trust you have put into our company which has helped us grown to where we are today," said Willis.
A division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLCT), PCGS was established in 1986 and now certifies coins from over 100 countries.
"Reaching 40 million coins certified embodies many things. First, it represents the hard work put in by so many different people at Collectors Universe. That effort, which has spanned four decades, helped make PCGS the premier brand for grading in the coin industry. This milestone also captures the level of trust consumers have for the PCGS product," stated Collectors Universe Chief Executive Officer and President Joe Orlando.
"Our staff realizes that customers have choices in our market. Our company would never have reached such heights without the consistent, loyal support of collectors and dealers alike. We can’t thank them enough for helping make PCGS the preferred choice for coin grading," emphasized Orlando.
The popular PCGS Set Registry® (www.PCGS.com/setregistry) now contains more than 87,000 U.S. and world coin sets.
The free PCGS Photograde™ Online (www.PCGS.com/photograde) feature makes it easy to determine the approximate grade of your coins, and the ever-expanding www.PCGSCoinFacts.com is the most comprehensive online resource for information and illustrations about United States coins."
For additional information about PCGS and its services, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.