Coin Grading - Coin Certification Services

A number of North American companies offer third party coin certification services, which include:

Authentication, which determines whether a particular coin is genuine or counterfeit;
Classification as to whether the coin is a Proof, a Specimen, a Business Strike, etc;
Attribution, which correctly identifies the coin's varieties and sometimes its provenance; and
Grading
, which is a professional assessment of the coin's condition.

In North America, these days, most important coins are submitted by their owners for certification. This provides them with an independent authentication, classification, attribution and grading assessment recorded on a serial numbered certificate which is sealed with the coin in a tamper-evident plastic holder. This unit is referred to as a "slab" and an uncertified coin is called "raw". The certification services are widely used by collectors and investors who recognize their own grading skills may not be at an expert's level. Dealers also make much use of these services because their clients often demand that their coins be certified. Be aware, however, that between the various Coin Certification Services, there are identifiable areas of disagreement on grading standards, and the knowledgeable market takes these into consideration. The leading coin grading services that grade Canadian coins are with major once in bold.

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Coin Certification News
06/18/2018
Walton 1913 Liberty 5ยข coin sells in private transaction
The cent is graded Mint State 63 red by Professional Coin Grading Service and stickered by Certified Acceptance Corp. with a green label as being superior for the grade. One of just five 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent coins known, the former Walton specimen ... more info

06/15/2018
Coin Grading โ€“ A Closer Look at Details Grading
When it comes to grading rare coins, and interpreting the labels on certified coins, no subject can be as confusing as โ€œ Details grade โ€. During the course of a week, I receive numerous calls from collectors and other dealers asking for assistance ... more info

06/11/2018
Singapore Postcard: Summit adds value to North Korea's coins
The coins are authenticated in China by the Professional Coin Grading Service. Because they are technically Chinese products, dealers around the world can display these coins prominently in glass cabinets and say they are for sale. Poh said that he attends ... more info