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
09/27/2016
Q. David Bowers: The advantages third-party grading offers collectors in today’s hobby
Just about everybody is happy if they own a coin graded, say, Mint State 63 in 1990 and today in 2016 it grades MS-65. However, one reader told me he lost several hundred thousand dollars by buying most of the top-graded certified 1909-S Lincoln ... more info

09/19/2016
Feature Interview: Coin & Collectible Expert Van Simmons of David Hall Rare Coins
As a founder of Professional Coin Grading Service (PSGC), Van literally wrote the book on rare coins. He's also an expert on many collectibles, including sports memorabelia, art, taxidermy and more. Van is a friend of the publication and, as Gerardo ... more info

09/23/2016
Classic US Coins – Art and Numismatics
Jeff was also one of the original coin graders for the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). He is today considered one of the country’s best coin graders and was the winner of the 2005 PCGS World Series of Grading. Today, he serves as a consultant ... more info