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PCGS Enhances Grading Standards Page

- August 4, 2016

Each designation has a supplementary image, from FS to SF (Satin Finish).

(Newport Beach, California) - In an effort to enhance online education for coin collectors of all skill levels, Professional Coin Grading Service ( has introduced a new design for the PCGS Grading Standards page, complete with supplementary images, definitions and explanatory videos.

The new, mobile-friendly Grading Standards page ( features information organized into three main categories:

  • Grading Standards: Detailed explanations on Strike Types and a complete visual guide to the 1-70 grading scale.
  • Designations: Full explanations on the official designations used by PCGS, complete with images and videos.
  • No Grades: Information on why certain coins cannot be authenticated and graded by PCGS, and whether or not a coin can be placed in a PCGS holder.
numerical grades
Based on the Sheldon Scale, which assigns coin grades of 1-70.

"We relaunched this page for the benefit of the collector and to provide insight into coin grading," said PCGS President Don Willis.  "By accompanying our grading standards, designations and no-grade codes with images and videos, collectors get a heightened educational experience."

Before the overhaul, the Grading Standards page was presented in table form, akin to reference books, with no graphics or videos.  Users had to scroll through the length of the page to locate their desired grade or term.

Now, in addition to this classic view of the page, users are greeted with hi-resolution images depicting each term, as well as an accompanying definition of the term.

no grades
Each No Grade code denotes a unique coin issue.

"Our goal is to ensure customers have a better understanding of our grading standards so they can make more informed submitting decisions," said Willis.  "The page will also identify for collectors what they see on the PCGS label, and why a coin submission may come back without PCGS authentication and grading."

To enhance your online collecting experience and answer the grading questions that may come with your coins, visit

Founded in 1986 by distinguished numismatic experts, Professional Coin Grading Service is the most respected coin authentication and grading company in the world and has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris and the United States.

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