Expert numismatic appraisal, including coin grading or coin certification recommendations. Should you go through the time and expense to have your coin certified? Will it upgrade? Will it CAC?
The Academy of Coins© often recommend coin certification by a reputable third-party coin certification company like PCGS or NGC. The cost per coin is usually between $30 and $50 (sometimes much more, depending on the services you require) and the whole process often takes between three weeks and 60 days. If you’re new to coin certification, the cost can be $200 to begin.
Before you start, find out if you should spend the time and money. Use our $7 online-only appraisal service to get a fast answer in 48 hours. Our expert coin graders and professional numismatists review your images of your coin and grade it without bias. Because we’re experts, we can get most information we need from good pictures of a coin. From there, you can decide if guaranteed coin certification is a good idea for you. We may save you wasted money, time, energy and effort when you let us look at your coins online.
Before you invest the time and money in coin certification, find out if you should send your coin to a TPG. Use our Numismatist’s Professional Opinion service to find out your coin’s value. The entire quick and low-cost process is anonymous to maintain objectivity – we do not communicate your information to anybody.
About the Academy of Coins©
The staff here at PriceThatCoin.com are all members of the Academy of Coins©, and we’ve appraised thousands of coins through the years. We’re expert numismatic graders. Grading coins accurately consists of authenticating the coins, then assessing their condition including potential problems that many novice graders miss that have the potential to substantially impact a coin’s value.
If you’re interested, you can learn more about coin grading by reading the Academy of Coins©’ article explaining coin grade and how it translates to market value. Accurate coin grading is an art and science that takes years to master. We often have dealers come to us requesting our coin certification recommendations.
Case Study: Colin the Collector
Colin has been carefully assembling a set of Capped Bust Half Dollars for about three years. He doesn’t have a huge budget for coin collecting, so he needs to make every dollar count.
He picked up a coin on eBay that he really likes. He’s convinced it’s Almost Uncirculated even though it’s in a Very Fine Details holder. He’s shown the coin to a couple of his dealer friends, but they concur with the grade on the slab. He knows they have the best of intentions, but he also knows they have inventory they want to sell him, and they didn’t spend as much time looking at his coin as he’d hoped. His friends that collect all agree he got a great deal, but they aren’t familiar enough with the type to offer really helpful advice. He’s thinking about sending the coin in for CAC approval if he can find a dealer that will do it for him, but of course a regrade in his favor would be a much better choice if possible.
Colin submitted that coin to PriceThatCoin.com online for a Complete Numismatic Report. Because he’s a good photographer, PriceThatCoin was able to explain problems with the coin he didn’t realize. They also pointed out the Overton number for him, which confirmed his suspicion that it was an R1 example. He decided to sell the coin instead and try to cherry pick a better example.
By using PriceThatCoin.com, he saved about $55 on shipping, certification and attribution, which in his experience took about 45 days. He only spent $18 with PriceThatCoin.com and got his answer in under a week. He could have gotten the same answer and coin certification recommendation from a Numismatist’s Professional Opinion, but he wanted a full explanation and a deeper look.
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