What’s In A Tab?

Posted on September 19, 2011 by

If you’re a regular visitor to the PCGS Population Report, you’ve probably noticed some new tabs at the head of the home page.  These tabs represent updated Population Reports for the countries of France, Germany, and China.  What does that mean for you as a collector?

First, you’ll find it a lot easier to navigate through each of those countries to find a particular coin within its proper context.  Previously, the collector faced a jumbled mess of different denominations, dates, coins, suffices (PR or MS?) and suffices (BN, RB, RD FN, etc.).  In the case of a large country like Germany, it was nearly impossible to find a single coin without typing in the PCGS number, and doing that showed the coin by itself.  If you wanted to compare the population of a 1901-A 50 Pfennig to an 1896-A 50 Pfennig (same type), you simply couldn’t do it.  Now you can.

Second, completely new organizational structures have been put in place.  Mike Sherman built the French Population Report from scratch, and he has done a marvelous job of it.  Working with French dealers and expert collectors, Mike built a structure that represents the way that French coins are collected.

Third, we have cleaned up the Pop Reports for these three countries by eliminating duplicates, adding missing coins, and eliminating extraneous coins.

We hope you’ll see these efforts as part of PCGS’ ongoing efforts to support the world market by making it easier for you to understand and collect coins from these countries.

Stay tuned, as we will be adding tabs for more countries and we’ll be cleaning up the countries that make up the “World” tab.

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