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PCGS Rewards Five Grading Contest Winners

Five winners of the PCGS Photograde Online™ grading contest were announced at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo on Saturday, February 4th. Congratulations to Jim Stofle of Merced, California, who won the adult competition. He competed against 20 other contestants by grading 12 out of 20 coins correctly. Jim was the only contestant who graded over 50% of the coins correctly. He is the recipient of a Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle graded PCGS Secure Plus MS65. The final breakdown was as follows:

Number of
Coins Graded
Correctly
Number of
Contestants
Who Achieved
the Score
121
93
81
74
61
54
41
31
23
12

The 20 coins and grades from the adult grading contest were the following:

1923 $1 MS65

1885 $1 MS64PL

1941 50C MS66

1942 1C PR64RD

1904 $20 MS63

1941-S 10C MS67FB

1887-S $1 MS62

1885-O $1 MS63

1898 25C PR63CA

1901-S $10 MS63

1895-S $20 AU58

1885-O $1 MS66

1940 50C PR65

1932 $10 MS63

1940-D 25C MS66

1893 $10 MS61

1904 $20 MS62

1890 $1 MS64

1900-S $20 MS60

1932 $10 MS66

There were two contests for young numismatists. The first was for pre-high school kids with 21 participants. Payton Horne of Newbury Park, Calif. and Benjamin Taylor of Pacific Palisades, Calif. tied for the top spot by correctly grading two coins. In the high school division, six kids competed with another tie for first place with three correct grades. Winners were Dwight Covington of Redondo Beach, Calif. and Patrick King of San Diego, Calif. Congratulations to all four young numismatists, who were awarded PCGS-certified Secure Plus MS65 Morgan dollars. The ten coins and grades from the kids’ contest were the following:

1878-S $1 MS64

2009 $5 Gold Eagle MS69

1960 25C PR66DC

1938-D 5C MS66

1904 $20 MS64

1964 50C PR67DC

1885-O $1 MS66

1945-S 50C MS64

1887 $1 MS65

1924 $1 MS64

More grading contests are planned for the future, including all upcoming Long Beach Shows, so watch the PCGS News page for announcements.

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