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PCGS Launches '' - Free Encyclopedia of Coins Encourages Editing Like Wikipedia

- December 4, 2008

Professional Coin Grading Service introduces CoinFacts Wiki, a public encyclopedia of U.S. and World coins located at

The "wiki" concept allows users to create and edit virtually all pages on the website, subject to oversight by system administrators.  This capability allows large volumes of up-to-date information and images to be added to the website in a short period of time, creating a massive database of information that is useful to buyers, sellers, researchers and anyone else interested in numismatics.

The CoinFacts Wiki uses the familiar look, feel and format of Wikipedia, the renowned free online encyclopedia used by millions.  The rules for use are also similar.  The site will be monitored, but coin enthusiasts are free to edit and add to articles at any time.  The site also includes a comprehensive list of FAQs to help the user get started.

The CoinFacts Wiki allows data entry for all U.S. and World coins, including everything from generic type coins to individual die varieties.  According to CoinFacts President Ron Guth, "The new CoinFacts Wiki is a tremendous way to capture the facts, stories and anecdotes about individual coins that might otherwise be lost to history or published in obscure places.  Users will now have access to the collective knowledge of thousands of collectors and dealers, many of whom have specialized knowledge of great value.  The public CoinFacts Wiki differs from the traditional CoinFacts website ( in that proprietary information such as the PCGS Population Report and PCGS Price Guide will not be available."

The CoinFacts Wiki is supported by the resources of Collectors Universe and the expertise of the CoinFacts Board of Experts.  The CoinFacts Wiki is free, fun, intuitive, easy to use and ready for input today.

"PCGS is very pleased to sponsor the new CoinFacts Wiki" said Don Willis, PCGS President.  "This is an amazing format because it's open and so easy to use.  We see a lot of numismatic knowledge shared today via our message boards.  Now through the CoinFacts Wiki, this information can be easily preserved, shared and collaborated upon.  I am sure the new CoinFacts Wiki will become a very popular resource for dealers, seasoned collectors and novices alike."

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