- June 6, 2012
PCGS Co-Founder David Hall (left) congratulated Ben Mesko (center), Mike Kittle (right) and Patrick King (not shown) for winning the coin grading contest at the May-June 2012 Long Beach Expo.
(Long Beach, California) - Ventura County, California collector Mike Kittle is the winner of the coin grading competition sponsored by PCGS PhotogradeTM Online (www.pcgs.com/Photograde) recently conducted at the May - June 2012 Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com).
He was awarded a $20 Saint-Gaudens gold coin graded PCGS Secure Plus MS65 valued at $2,000, according to PCGS President Don Willis.
Each adult participant had 20 minutes each to grade 20 U.S. coins of random denominations and dates that were previously certified by PCGS, but without their PCGS grade visible in the holder.
Patrick King, 14, of San Diego County, California, and Ben Mesko, 8, of Orange County, California, each received a PCGS-certified MS65 Morgan silver dollar for winning the young numismatist high school and pre-high school coin grading competition categories. Collectors Universe President and PCGS Co-Founder David Hall was on hand to congratulate the winners on their outstanding achievements.
Collectors will have another chance to test their competitive coin grading skills at the September 6 - 8, 2012 Long Beach Expo.
Due to the popularity of the coin grading competition, it will now become a permanent feature of the three-times-a-year Long Beach Expo. The next grading competition will be held during the Long Beach Expo, September 6 - 8, 2012. The adult competition will be open to current members of the PCGS Collectors Club and active PCGS Set RegistrySM members.
Additional information and complete rules will be available in the coming months on the PCGS web site at www.pcgs.com/gradingcontest.html.
The Long Beach Expo will be open to the public Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm at the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.
Public admission is $8 (good for all three days); $6 for members of any coin or stamp club; $4 for seniors 65 and older and for children ages 8 to 16. Free admission for PCGS and PSA Collector Club members, PCGS, PSA and PSE Set Registrants, PCGS and PSA Authorized Dealers, PCGS CoinFacts members and for children ages 7 and younger.
Article provided by PCGS at www.pcgs.com