Posted on April 22, 2014 by Don Willis
With over 2.8 million records, the PCGS Auction Prices Realized archive is extremely useful. For many this is a well-kept secret that is tucked away on our website. As a buyer, I want to know what others have paid for coins similar to what I am considering purchasing! APR is one of three major data points that I have always used in buying or selling coins. The others are the PCGS Population Report and the PCGS Price Guide. Using these three tools, and sometimes a bit of deductive reasoning, reasonable conclusions can be reached in regard to a coin’s value, availability and desirability. In this week’s video we explore the APR system offered by PCGS. Take a minute to check it out, and more importantly, go to www.pcgs.com/auctionprices and see for yourself.
Posted on April 8, 2014 by Don Willis
In this week’s video, I continue our review of one of the best kept secrets on www.pcgs.com – the Resources page. Last week we reviewed the articles and e-books, and this week I walk you through the visual side of our Resources page – PCGS Photograde and PCGS CoinFacts. Each of these sections contain thousands of beautiful coin images that you can literally spend hours reviewing. These images are great visual tools for understanding the PCGS grading scale as you build your collection. But don’t take my word for it – check it out for yourself!
Posted on March 25, 2014 by Don Willis
They say that half the fun of collecting is the story behind every coin. The phenomenal interest in the recent discovery of the Saddle Ridge Hoard is a great example. Did you realize that PCGS offers thousands of coin related stories for free on our website? These stories range from general introductions of different coin series to in-depth analysis of specific coins. We offer easy to read articles as well as lengthy research pieces. From essays to books you can find it on PCGS.com as this week’s video explains!
Posted on March 11, 2014 by Don Willis
The biggest news of the past week has been the Saddle Ridge hoard of gold coins discovered in Northern California. One aspect of the market that this exciting discovery has changed is the PCGS population for many San Francisco mint $20 Liberty coins. This week’s Ask Don takes a look at the importance of the PCGS pop report and ways that it can be used. The pop report is a valuable data point that should be part of every buying and selling decision.
Posted on February 24, 2014 by Don Willis
PCGS spends a tremendous amount of time adding and updating content to our website. I am always disappointed when I meet someone who doesn’t know what’s available or how to use www.PCGS.com. That’s not their fault, it’s ours! In the latest Ask Don video I review the PCGS Price Guide. This is far more than simply a list of prices as you shall see. To be continued…
Posted on February 11, 2014 by Don Willis
This week’s video is all about our Restoration service that PCGS
introduced last year. The service has produced some amazing results and we have been happy to help. Understanding whether your coin is a candidate for this service is important. To avoid disappointment and unnecessary costs, watch the video and carefully examine your coins before you send them in.
Posted on January 30, 2014 by Don Willis
I just returned from several days at our Shanghai office. The Chinese culture is very interesting and there is always something new to discover and explore! One thing that is the same in China as here in the States in the interest in collecting coins. Coin collectors in China are very much like we are. China’s long and rich history combined with its many empires and regimes has resulted in many different coin types and varieties. There are many different collecting specialties. The coin market is very well established in China with coin markets in most major cities. Collectors around the world share the same passion for their hobby!
Posted on January 14, 2014 by Don Willis
We have just returned from another exciting FUN show. For starters the show must occupy the space of at least two football fields and it seems much larger! Hundreds of dealers were set up with varied and interesting displays of coins. Each day collectors clogged the aisles making new friends and renewing old friendships while in pursuit of their next acquisition. Heritage offered a wide selection of coins in a series of auctions that included several great rarities. PCGS held an enjoyable Registry luncheon that was well-attended by many old friends. It is official – the New Year kicked off in style with another great FUN show!
Posted on December 31, 2013 by Don Willis
As 2013 wraps up and we begin a new year I would like to thank all of you for your support over the past 12 months. 2013 was a very exciting year for PCGS. We added new services in the US. We opened new offices in Shanghai, China. Our offices in Paris and Hong Kong continued to grow, as did our US operations, helping PCGS reach over 27 million coins graded in our 27 year history. Collectors Universe Inc., PCGS’ parent company, was selected as one of the top 100 small businesses in the US by Forbes magazine (#50 actually). Most importantly we continue to work hard to protect your interests and earn your confidence as the number one grading service in the world!
Happy New Year!!
Posted on December 17, 2013 by Don Willis
One of the ‘Ask Don’ questions this week comes from someone who came into possession of a large group of coins and is trying to determine what they are worth. This got me thinking about all the tools that PCGS has developed with this person in mind. Tools like PCGS Photograde, PCGS Price Guide, PCGS CoinFacts and others are available on our website and are also available in mobile versions. PCGS has also developed a family of mobile applications so you can take these collecting tools on the road or to shows. With a little bit of patience even the novice collector – or non-collector – can get an idea of what they have and approximately what it might be worth. Remember a smart buyer or seller is already ahead in the game!
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