September 12, 2012
(Long Beach, CA) – Eldrich Yap of Temple City, California is the winner of the coin grading competition in the adult division sponsored by PCGS Photograde™ Online which was conducted at the September Long Beach Expo. Eldrich scored 6.5 out of 20 correct grades.
Each adult participant had 20 minutes 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.
Seventeen adults participated in the contest. The final breakdown was as follows:
Patrick King, 14, of San Diego, California won for the young numismatist high school division and received a PCGS Secure Plus MS65 Morgan silver dollar at the show. This is Patrick’s second win. There was a tie for the pre-high school division. Both Ben Mesko, 8, of Newport Beach, California and Madalyn Olivares, 8, of Hacienda Heights, California won MS65 Morgan dollars. This was Ben’s second win. Six young numismatists participated in the contest.
Due to the popularity of the coin grading competition, it has now become a permanent feature of the three-times-a-year Long Beach Expo, the summer ANA, and the FUN show in January. The next grading competition will be held during the FUN show, Orlando, January 10-12.
Additional information and complete rules are available on the PCGS web site at www.pcgs.com/gradingcontest.html.
The 20 coins and grades from the adult grading contest were the following:
The ten coins and grades from the kids’ contest were the following:
Grading coins is not as easy as you might think and it really gives you a better appreciation for the graders at PCGS. Take the challenge! Participate in the next grading contest and test your skills. You could be a winner, too!