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1.What is PCGS and what is NGC?

PCGS (Professional Coin Grading System established in 1986) and NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation established in 1987) are US independent third party coin grading services.

2.What grading system do they use?

Both companies use the numerical grading system, a system that uses numbers from 1 to 70 to define a coin's condition with 1 being Poor and 70 a perfecet Mint state coin. It was developed by Dr.Sheldon back in 1949 and is known after his name as the Sheldon Scale. Read about PCGS standards here.

Click  here for NGC's version.

3. Do you handle consignements for both?

Yes we do. We are authorised dealers for both companies. The choice is entirely up to the client.

4.What is the procedure?

We accept consignements in our office throughout the year. You can send us your coins by post or simply pop in and hand them personally. We ship via Fedex. For NGC we ship to Munich center and for PCGS we ship to Paris. Turn around times can vary substantially but usually (although not always for "operational" reasons) within 30-45 days. If conservation is needed this may delay the entire submission further. PCGS have a Paris grading week (on site) every about 2-3 months. Coins to both companies are shipped at owner's risk but returned insured to the declared value.

5.What are the prices?

Coin value< €300:  €30 per coin

Coin value >€300 but <€3000: €45 per coin

Coin value >€3000 €85 per coin

Gold coins: €45 per coin

Modern coins minted after 1955 (PCGS) or 1970 (NGC): €20 per coin (minimum of 50 required). If the minimum required cannot be achieved, €30 per coin.

Special tiers such as Cross over or Reholder, errors or varieties etc please enquire.

Prices do not include VAT. VAT will be added at 24%.

 

Note 1: Prices are subject to change without notice. Also sometimes the services offer discounts or promotions. It is advisable to check with me first.

 

Note2: Sometimes I sell uncertified coins (raw,or ungraded). There can be many reasons for this. Here are some:

 

I may be targetiing a specific group of customers who prefer them this way. Or the coin(s) may be on a commission sale basis and the vendor is unwilling to grade (or unfamiliar). Or simply they can be fresh stock and I just take the opportunity for a quick sale before I decide to grade. Or the coin may be of a low value or condition not substatiating the cost of grading anyway.

 

Therefore do not think there is a catch if you see one offered raw. I always take special care to catalogue them properly with a good and accurate description (subjectively of course). Many of my customers have been surprised with joy to discover a MS coin bought raw. It can happen. The other way can also happen though. 

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