APMEX MintDirect American Silver Eagles To Qualify For PCGS FirstStrike Designation

by CoinNews.net on November 13, 2019 · 3 comments

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) has partnered with APMEX (www.APMEX.com), the largest online retailer of precious metals, to offer an exciting new product geared toward bullion enthusiasts beginning in 2020. It combines APMEX’s popular MintDirect® products with desirable PCGS FirstStrike® certification eligibility.

Illustration for APMEX Mint Direct Premier PCGS FirstStrike

Illustration for APMEX Mint Direct Premier PCGS FirstStrike

For years, APMEX has had success selling United States Mint products sealed in protective plastic to ensure they remain in the same unopened, untouched, unsorted and unsearched condition just as they were received from the U.S. Mint.

PCGS has reviewed and confirmed the process APMEX has in place to secure coins from mints around the world and proudly stands by their products being received within 30 days of initial release and stored in a way that ensures the condition of the coins. Now select APMEX coins can qualify for PCGS FirstStrike designation.

Under the new partnership (www.PCGS.com/APMEX), APMEX will offer APMEX MintDirect Premier products with PCGS FirstStrike eligibility, a winning combination that offers FirstStrike® designation long after the eligibility cutoff date.

"PCGS is delighted to be partnering with APMEX on their latest innovative product offering. As two of the companies in the hobby most synonymous with consumer confidence and dependability, we believe this is a partnership designed to better serve collectors for years to come," said PCGS President Brett Charville.

"The secondary market value of coins with the FirstStrike designation is often greater than that for coins graded without the FirstStrike designation, thus adding value over the years," added Charville.

Starting with 2020 US Silver Eagles, PCGS will recognize any APMEX MintDirect Premier products with the PCGS logo as FirstStrike eligible indefinitely, as long as the coins are not removed from the tamper-evident APMEX packaging.

"PCGS is one of the most respected names in the industry, and we’re very excited to partner with them to offer our customers the added value of FirstStrike eligibility on MintDirect Premier Silver Eagles," said Kyle Klosinski, Senior Product Manager at APMEX.

"PCGS FirstStrike certified coins are among the most popular graded products, and the verification that our process meets PCGS’s strict standards for this designation provides an additional layer of assurance for our customers, regardless of whether they intend to submit their coins for grading," added Klosinski.

PCGS is also offering free Silver Collectors Club Memberships, valued at $69, on all submissions of sealed APMEX MintDirect Premier with PCGS FirstStrike tubes and boxes, making it an ideal choice for beginner and advanced collectors alike.

As the leader in third-party authentication and grading, PCGS welcomes new collectors to take advantage of APMEX-sealed monster box, mini monster box, tube and blister single pack products and enjoy direct submission privileges with FirstStrike eligibility. Contact PCGS Customer Service at 800-447-8848 for information on eligibility for membership and services.

To take advantage of your free PCGS membership, simply follow these steps:

  1. Create a PCGS account via www.PCGS.com/myaccount/create.

  2. Fill out your free Collectors Club voucher found here www.pcgs.com/media.ashx/pcgs-apmex-cc-voucher.pdf.

  3. Complete a Submission Form and include the Collectors Club voucher in the shipment with sealed APMEX MintDirect Premier with PCGS FirstStrike tubes and boxes.

About Professional Coin Grading Service

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) represents the industry standard in third-party coin authentication and grading. Since 1986, PCGS has examined and certified over 42.5 million coins, medals, and tokens with a combined value of over $36.1 billion. For more 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.

About APMEX, Inc.

Since 1999, APMEX has been one of the nation’s largest Precious Metals e-retailers, boasting over $10 billion in transactions. APMEX has the largest selection of bullion and numismatic items provided by a retailer, boasting more than 10,000 products. Product offerings include all U.S. Mint bullion such as Gold, Silver and Platinum American Eagle coins. APMEX also sells products from leading mints around the world including The Royal Mint, Perth Mint, Royal Canadian Mint and many others. APMEX is a member of the American Numismatic Association, the International Precious Metals Institute and the Industry Council for Tangible Assets. For additional information, visit www.APMEX.com or call (800) 375-9006.

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Seth Riesling

The individual plastic tubes of 20 ASE $1 coins (in the green “monster box) from the U.S. Mint are not sealed per se. They only have a green plastic lid that you pull off fairly easily like any plastic bowl with a lid. Therefore, per former employee Mr. M.H., they are searched for MS-70 candidate coins at the company before being wrapped in the MintDirect® sealed wrapper by this private company. Don’t be fooled! This company has offered its MintDirect® product for years now, & PCGS just now decided to offer them this favorable status??!! Makes you wonder… Buyer Beware!… Read more »


It sure does make me wonder.


Wow!! Great for PCGS, thats news to me I though one had to pay for membership to collectors club regular and silver membership get no grading vouchers. That being said I’m still waiting for an answer for an question I sent to their web site 4 months ago. Silly me, I should have known better I also ask another question on grading 2 years ago and I’m still waiting on that answer. Guess even slow & bad cutomer service is not their forte. Bet that If I were the HSN guy name Mike, and he asked a question the answer… Read more »