Archive for June, 2014

Ask Don: Tokens & Medals

Posted on June 17, 2014 by 2 Comments

Do you collect U.S. Medals or Tokens? Are you aware that PCGS recognizes many different tokens and medals? Over the past couple years we have added a great many new types of tokens and medals to the list of what we will authenticate and grade. That list numbers in the thousands and crosses the spectrum of many different collecting series. Basically we will recognize any token or medal listed in a number of standard reference guides. For a list of eligible Tokens and Medals we certify, please visit PCGS.com/Tokensandmedals. You can also check out this week’s video for more information.

Here is a new and updated list of new U.S. tokens and medals PCGS will now recognize.

  • Period 3 California Pioneer Fractional Gold, from the reference “California Pioneer Fractional Gold 2nd Edition” by Breen & Gillio.
  • So-Called Dollars, from the reference “So-Called Dollars 2nd Edition” by Hibler & Kappen.
  • Civil War Patriotic Tokens, from the reference “Patriotic Civil War Tokens 5th Revised Edition” by George & Melvin Fuld.
  • Civil War Store Cards, from the reference “U.S. Civil War Store Cards 2nd Edition” by George & Melvin Fuld.
  • Hard Times Tokens, from the reference “Hard Times Tokens 6th Edition” by Russell Rulau.
  • Sutler Tokens, from the reference “Civil War Sutler Tokens and Cardboard Scrip” by David E. Schenkman.
  • U.S. Assay Commission Medal, from the reference “Medals of the United States Assay Commission 1860-1977” by R.W. Julian and Ernest E. Keusch.
  • U.S. Mint Medals, from the reference “Medals of the United States Mint, The First Century 1792-1892” by R.W. Julian.
  • U.S. Mint Medals, from the reference “Medals of the United States Mint”, by Kenneth M. Failor & Eleonora Hayden.
  • Betts Medals, from the reference “American Colonial History, Illustrated by Contemporary Medals”, by C. Wyllys Betts.
  • Baker Medals, from the reference “Medallic Portraits of Washington, 2nd Edition”, by Russel Rulau & George Fuld.
  • Bolen Medals, from the reference “The Medallic Work of John Adams Bolen”, by Neil E. Musante.
  • Political Tokens and Medals, from the reference “American Political Badges and Medalets 1789-1892” by Edmund B. Sullivan.
  • Rulau Tokens and Counterstamps, from the reference “Standard Catalog of United States Tokens 1700-1900” by Russell Rulau.
  • Military Tokens, from the reference “Military Tokens of the United States Volume 1 (Domestic Issues)” by Paul A. Cunningham.
  • Commemorative Medals, from the reference “National Commemorative Medals of the United States of America since 1873” by William Swoger.
  • Counterstamped Coinage, from the reference “Merchant and Privately Countermarked Coins” by Gregory G. Brunk.
  • Krause Unusuals listed in the US Section, from the reference “Unusual World Coins, 6th Edition” by Krause Publications
  • Bashlow Restrikes.

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Ask Don: PCGS TrueView Photo Service

Posted on June 3, 2014 by No Comments

PCGS offers several services that complement coin grading. One of those services is our TrueView service. In my opinion the best photographs in the business are TrueView photos. You can build your virtual collection using TrueView photos and enjoy it anywhere you are, anytime you wish with no security concerns or logistical hassles. TrueView photos add a new dimension to coin collecting that I really enjoy. Check out this week’s video for more information on this service.

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