Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS)

PCGS LogoExecutives of the PCGS warn that the problems of Chinese-made counterfeits of rare coins are getting worse and could soon expand to include fakes of rare bank notes imported into the United States.

In personal meetings and messages conveyed to influential members of Congress in Washington […]


David Hall, Ben Mesko, Mike KittleVentura County, California collector Mike Kittle is the winner of the coin grading competition sponsored by PCGS Photograde™ Online recently conducted at the May – June 2012 Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo.

He was awarded a $20 Saint-Gaudens gold coin graded PCGS Secure Plus MS65 valued at $2,000, according to PCGS President Don Willis […]


1903 Fengtien Tael, PCGS Secure Plus AU55The unique 1903 Fengtien Province Tae was certified by PCGS during the April 2012 Hong Kong International Coin Convention & Antique Watch Fair.

The 1903 "dragon dollar," graded PCGS Secure Plus™ AU55, was submitted by PCGS Authorized Dealer Chun-Yo-(Stanley) Chou of Fuchin coin company of Taiwan on behalf of an anonymous collector. It is insured for $5 million.

The silver 1903 Tengtien Province Tael is listed as unique in the authoritative reference book, Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Gold & Silver, by Lin Gwo Ming and Ma Tak Wo […]


PCGS Collectors Club Grading ContestProfessional Coin Grading Service ( will award a $20 Saint-Gaudens gold coin valued at $2,000 as the prize for the winner in a coin grading competition during the upcoming Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo (, May 31 – June 2, 2012, in the Long Beach, California Convention Center.

The coin grading competition at Long Beach is sponsored by PCGS PhotogradeTM Online and will be open to […]


circualtion strike 1841 Quarter Eagle PCGS MS61Professional Coin Grading Service ( is announcing a big change involving one of the most famous and desirable United States gold coin rarities, the famous 1841 $2.50 gold piece, nicknamed, "The Little Princess."

Traditionally, it has always been thought that only proof Quarter Eagles were struck by the Philadelphia Mint in 1841 and no circulation strikes were minted. However, over the years, several experts questioned the "proof-only" status of the 1841 Quarter Eagle […]


Hong Kong PCGS certified coinsThe eagerly anticipated start of authentication and grading of rare coins in Hong Kong by Professional Coin Grading Service is underway through its new company, Collectors Universe (Hong Kong) Ltd. — PCGS. PCGS is grading coins prior to and during the Hong Kong International Coin Convention and Antique Watch Fair beginning on March 24 and continuing through April 6, 2012.

Coins now are being accepted from PCGS Collectors Club members and PCGS Authorized Dealers at "pre-show" discounted rates […]


China Kiangnan $1 circa 1901 PCGS Secure Plus MS62+The recent announcement that Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has established a Hong Kong-based authentication and grading service, Collectors Universe (Hong Kong) Ltd., has received enthusiastic response from some of Asia’s most respected rare coin dealers and collectors.

Guidelines and submission forms on how to submit coins to PCGS in Asia will be announced soon in conjunction with the Hong Kong Coin Convention and Antique Watch Show, April 6 – 8, 2012 […]


1793 Chain cent PCGS MS65 Brown and 1829 $5 PCGS Secure Plus PR64Rare coins authenticated and certified for grade by Professional Coin Grading Service ( broke or tied dozens of price records at the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) convention auction sessions conducted by Heritage Auctions (

"PCGS-certified coins ruled the day at the recent FUN show. Record prices were realized for a 1793 Chain cent as well as an 1829 large date $5, both bringing $1.38 million in the Heritage Platinum Night auctions. Strong prices were also realized for Denis Loring’s 1793 large cent collection as well as Dr. Steven Duckor’s collection of Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles," said Don Willis, President of […]


China $1, circa 1914, PCGS Secure Plus MS66In a major expansion of its international services and activities, the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT) has established a Hong Kong-based authentication and grading operation.

The new Asia venture will be known as Collectors Universe (Hong Kong) Ltd.

In May 2010, PCGS successfully opened an office in Paris, France as part of the company’s increasing international services, and since then PCGS-certified coins have repeatedly brought higher-than-estimated prices at public auctions in Europe […]


1793 S-4 chain cent, PCGS MS65A 1793 S-4 Chain cent, graded PCGS MS65 Brown, sold for $1,380,000 in the Heritage Auctions Platinum Night event at the Florida United Numismatists convention in Orlando, January 4, 2012. That is a record price for a U.S. copper coin in a public auction, according to Heritage.

The Philadelphia Mint struck cents with the 13 linking rings design on the reverse only during the month of March 1793. The design was changed from a chain to a wreath after some critics complained the chain was symbolic of slavery even though the 13 rings were intended to represent the original 13 U.S. colonies […]