Ask Don: Pricing your Coin with PCGS

Don Willis

Posted on December 17, 2013 by 1 Comment

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!

Happy Collecting,

Don Willis
President, PCGS

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Ask Don: Cracking Out Coins from the Mint

Don Willis

Posted on December 3, 2013 by No Comments

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!

Happy Collecting,

Don Willis
President, PCGS

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Don’s Desk: The PCGS Guarantee

Don Willis

Posted on November 19, 2013 by No Comments

PCGS was the first grading company to offer a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and grade of every encapsulated coin. Back when this happened in 1986 it was a revolutionary idea! Other companies have tried to copy PCGS but, in my opinion, no one comes close. As long as a coin remains in a PCGS holder you can rely on the guarantee with confidence. The PCGS Guarantee dramatically changed the market in 1986 and since that time many new collectors and investors have felt comfortable enough to start buying PCGS certified coins. PCGS offers specific services for you to resubmit your coins if you believe there is a problem or if you believe your coin is under graded. Under no circumstances do you need remove the coin from the PCGS holder. See this week’s ‘Ask Don’ video below as I discuss this topic in more detail.

Happy Collecting,
Don

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Ask Don: Apps, Reconsideration and Diagnostics

Don Willis

Posted on November 5, 2013 by No Comments

We are back on Standard Time and quickly approaching the end of the year. It’s time to wrap up our 2013 business and get ready to start all over again. The year is not going away quietly. Whitman’s Baltimore show runs this week along with an interesting auction by Stacks Bowers. Speaking of Stacks Bowers, we will be holding a joint event with them from Nov. 20-22 where they will offer free grading by PCGS. You can learn more about this on their website. This week is the first installment of ‘Ask Don.’ Check out the video below and send your questions to info@pcgs.com, subject line Ask Don. We will do our best to air your question.

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Ask Don: Submit Your Questions

Don Willis

Posted on October 22, 2013 by No Comments

We are just back from another great PCGS Members Only show in Las Vegas. It’s a small affair but offers great camaraderie, excellent food and is a terrific opportunity to buy/sell or just talk about coins. All PCGS Collector Club Members and PCGS Dealers are welcome. Included in this eCollector is a short video that we shot at the show. The video is the first of a series designed to answer your questions on a particular issue. If you have a topic or a specific question that you would like discussed in a future video please send it to us at info@pcgs.com and include “Ask Don” in the subject line. This video’s topic is the new PCGS Reconsideration service that has proven to be very popular. We hope you find it useful.

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Don’s Desk: Is There Such a Thing as a Collecting Gene?

Don Willis

Posted on October 8, 2013 by No Comments

Is there such a thing as a “collecting gene?” As far as I know scientists have never discovered such a thing but from an observer’s perspective there is evidence that it does exist! This collecting gene is not limited to coins, cards, comic books or stamps. It has no apparent boundaries and surfaces in some of the strangest areas. Many collectors even collect in multiple categories. For example, I collect coins and rock posters and had fun collecting dated railroad spikes. I met with someone this week who collects Nike sneakers and know of others who collect everything from old cigarette containers, to beer cans, to old car manuals, to old radios. Of course there is the Barbie dolls and figurines of all types, games, silverware, furniture – you name it! Almost everything can become a collectible. Perhaps this gene is latent in all of us, and if we stop to reflect, we might discover that we collect more things than we realize.

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Don’s Desk: Coronet Collection

Don Willis

Posted on September 24, 2013 by No Comments

Working at PCGS is a coin collector’s dream! You never know what is coming in for grading. For example, we recently had a chance to see the new #1 Registry set of Morgan Dollars – the Coronet Collection. What an awesome collection. From #1 sets to just really cool collector coins we see it all. We are spoiled!

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Year 3 1911 Dollar Extra Flame

Posted on September 17, 2013 by No Comments

 

1911 Dollar Extra Flame

1911 Dollar Extra Flame

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Don’s Desk: PCGS Set Registry

Don Willis

Posted on September 10, 2013 by No Comments

Nothing beats free and I know of something very useful for all of us collectors…and it’s free. It’s the PCGS Set Registry. Considering only the private side of the Registry – let’s ignore the sharing and competing for now – the Registry is a powerful and helpful tool for every coin collector. I really like the inventory tracking element which keeps track of all my purchases (I can check it anywhere I have Internet access). There is the ‘set’ element that helps me track what I have and what I need in all of my sets. There is the ‘what if’ element which I use to study the price and population of any coin that I am considering, plus I can see how that coin would benefit my set. I confess that most of my activities with the Registry are on the private side. But why not – it’s free!

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Don’s Desk: ANA Show

Don Willis

Posted on August 28, 2013 by No Comments

The recent ANA show was very active for PCGS. First of all the room was cavernous! Walking every aisle and talking with as many dealers and collectors as possible was physically challenging! The vibe was upbeat and very positive with everyone I spoke with. I heard that attendance was a bit lower than expected but it was an active crowd. Many meetings and mini-conferences were held throughout the show including lots of very interesting coins and conversation. The ANA was a fitting culmination of our hobby activity for the year. If you didn’t attend you should try to next year.

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