Ask Don: Submitting Coins to PCGS

Posted on March 10, 2015 by

One of the questions that we are frequently asked is, “How do I submit my coins to PCGS for grading?” Well, submitting coins to PCGS for authentication and grading is easier than you may think. In this week’s short video, we present the options available to collectors in an easy to understand format. It only takes a minute to check it out, so what are you waiting for?

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  1. winston grimes says:

    I live in Australia. I was bequeathed a mix of coins in this bag there were a pile of pre-decimal Australian coins and four US silver dollars with dates1804, 1877, 1896 and 1873. They need a good clean up but appear to be in good condition with some wear. I emailed Alan C. Ransdell, AOA AM, CA from Just Answer. He is a Personal Property Appraiser who specializing in Fine Art & Antiques. I asked him to assist me in ascertaining their worth etc. He advised me initially not to clean them and get some background and photos of them to him. I sent him photos of the four silver dollar coins both sides. I advised him that my father recovered them from a dive on what he believed was an old US trading clipper that was coming back to the US from Indonesia, as there were US Silver dollars and many Asian ivory and stone work artifacts. My father has passed away and the area where this wreck was is now in Indonesian waters so they are a bit jumpy about Aussies being in their waters diving. At this stage a lady Michelle came into the conversation. She advised that she wanted to chime in about the 1804 silver dollar advising that the whereabouts of all 8 are known and recommend that I go straight away to a coin dealer and have the 1804 silver dollar examined to determine if it was real or fake. I had a look at the website she recommended and moved the 1804 coin to my bank safety deposit box until I could get it valued. I further advised that from my father’s notes that he was diving near Atauro Is. in the Banda Sea which is N of what is now East Timor, an area that has quite a few Chinese and other wrecks. She advised that if he found this in a ship wreck these coins should be the real deal. She further advised that according the “An Official Guide to U.S. Coins” by R.S. Yeoman. That silver dollars dated 1804 did not appear until 1834 when the U.S. Dept. of State was creating sets of coins to present as gifts to certain rulers in Asia in exchange for trade advantages. What really caught her attention was that the first 1804 silver dollars minted in 1834 were presented as gifts to Rama III, King of Siam and Said bin Sultan, Sultan of Muscat and Oman. The other five were dispersed under unknown circumstances after Ambassador Edmund Roberts died en route during the voyage to Indonesia and East Asia.” She could not ascertain where Ambassador Edmund Roberts was going? She surmised that he may have been on the ship my Dad dived on. From the little bit she could find out about the death of Roberts, he was returning to ‘East Asia’ from America. It is quite possible that he was on the Banda Sea. Having studied the photos and the weights and dimensions I sent her she believes the 1804, if the real thing. Alan then came back with his advice to make contact with and do not clean it if you do it will become worthless. When you get it graded you can have PCGS then send it to an auction house in the US where you will get the most money for it:
    He also advised that Michelle was right and that this is a real thing. He said there are so many fakes around he had to see a photo and weights and dimensions. He said he could not believe it – it was like hitting lotto. He wants me to send it to PCGS in order to get it graded then send it to Heritage. He said that the pictures were beautiful and wished me luck in the next step.

    I contacted PCGS in the US and they also asked for similar information but in addition refined dimensions and weights, which I forwarded to them. Base on the close colour photos, weights and dimensions they believe they are the real thing but need one of their certified assessors in AUS to look at them. They gave me contacts but since then my PC collapsed and I lost their contact points.
    OK after all that what do I do now as I have been to coin shows in Australia and reputable collectors in Sydney and none believe they have the expertise to make a final assessment that would lead to valuation and possible sale.

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