PCGS Expands Barcode to Maximize Efficiency

PCGS is switching from a 16 digit to a 22 digit barcode. The barcode is still in the "Interleave 2 of 5" format.

Old format:

1-6 Coin/spec number
7-8 Grade
9-16 Certification number

New format:

1-3 Reserved for future use
4-9 Coin/spec number
10 Service identifier
11 Reserved for future use
12-13 Grade
14 Grade modifier
15-22 Certification number

Examples:
Coin/spec number: 123456
Grade: 65
Cert number: 98765432
New barcode: 0001234560065098765432
Old barcode: 1234566598765432

Coin/spec number: 5555
Grade: 68
Cert number: 88881234
New barcode: 0000055550068088881234
Old barcode: 0055556888881234

Coin/spec number: 2246
Grade: 55
Cert number: 1234322
New barcode: 0000022460055001234322
Old barcode: 0022465501234322

Coin/spec number: 9870
Grade: 8
Cert number: 5454681
Barcode: 0000098700008005454681
Old Barcode: 0098700805454681

New Barcode Position Detail

Position Valid Data Description
1 0 Future use
2 0 Future use
3 0 Future use
4 0-9 First digit of coin/spec number left padded with 0’s to 6 places
5 0-9 Second digit of coin/spec number left padded with 0’s to 6 places
6 0-9 Third digit of coin/spec number left padded with 0’s to 6 places
7 0-9 Fourth digit of coin/spec number left padded with 0’s to 6 places
8 0-9 Fifth digit of coin/spec number left padded with 0’s to 6 places
9 0-9 Sixth digit of coin/spec number left padded with 0’s to 6 places
10 0-9 Service identifier (future use)
11 0 Future use
12 0-9 First digit of grade left padded with 0’s to 2 places
13 0-9 Second digit of grade left padded with 0’s to 2 places
14 0-1 Grade modifier - 0 -- False, 1 – True (future use)
15 0-9 First digit of cert number left padded with 0’s to 8 places
16 0-9 Second digit of cert number left padded with 0’s to 8 places
17 0-9 Third digit of cert number left padded with 0’s to 8 places
18 0-9 Fourth digit of cert number left padded with 0’s to 8 places
19 0-9 Fifth digit of cert number left padded with 0’s to 8 places
20 0-9 Sixth digit of cert number left padded with 0’s to 8 places
21 0-9 Seventh digit of cert number left padded with 0’s to 8 places
22 0-9 Eighth digit of cert number left padded with 0’s to 8 places