August 14, 2012
(Philadelphia, PA) - Chris Sloan of Gaithersburg, Maryland is the winner of the coin grading competition in the adult division sponsored by PCGS Photograde™ Online which was conducted at the summer American Numismatic Association Convention. Chris scored 10 out of 20 correct grades.
He will be awarded a $20 Saint-Gaudens gold coin graded PCGS Secure Plus MS65 valued at $2,000. 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.
Sixteen adults participated in the contest. The final breakdown was as follows:
John Siteman, 15, of Cole Harbour, Canada won for the young numismatist high school division and received a PCGS Secure Plus MS65 Morgan silver dollar at the show. Alex Hunsader, 13, of San Carlos, California won for the pre-high school division and will also receive a MS65 Morgan dollar. Six high school kids and thirteen pre-high school kids participated.
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 Long Beach Expo, September 6 - 8, 2012.
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: