So You Think You Can Grade? Enter the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the FUN Show, January 2013!

BJ Searls – December 11, 2012

PCGS holds grading contests at every January FUN Show, the Long Beach Expo (three times a year), and the summer ANA convention. The next contest will be held at the upcoming FUN show, Orlando, January 10-12.

There are two categories in the competition for young numismatists - high school and pre-high school. Each entrant will need to grade 10 U.S. coins of random denominations. Adult participants will have to grade 20 U.S. coins in 20 minutes. All coins have been previously certified by PCGS; however, the holder insert will not show the grade.

The winner in each category will be the collector who has the most correct grades; "correct" defined as matching the PCGS grade exactly. In case of a tie, bonus points will be awarded to any answer that is correct to within a half a grade to determine the winner. The two winners in the young numismatists categories will receive PCGS Secure MS65 Morgan dollars. The adult winner will receive a $20 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle graded PCGS Secure MS65.

The grading competition will be conducted during the FUN Show's public hours on Thursday and Friday and until 12 p.m. Saturday. Ask for Gayle Kean or BJ Searls at the PCGS booth.

Contest rules:

  1. Young Numismatists must be 18 years old or younger. Adults must be current members of the PCGS Collectors Club, or be PCGS Set RegistrySM members for at least a year with active sets. PCGS Authorized Dealers are cordially invited to test their skills, but will not be eligible for the prize.
  2. Young Numismatists will have 10 coins to grade. Adults will have 20 coins to grade. There are no "trick coins." All coins are genuine and all coins have a numerical grade. It is possible that some of the coins may be "plus" grades, and the contestant must score it a plus accordingly. Adults will have a maximum of 20 minutes to examine the coins and enter their grades. CONTEST CLOSES SATURDAY, 1/12/13, AT 12 P.M. The winners will be announced at that time.
  3. The winner will be determined as the person having the most “correct” answers. “Correct” is defined as matching the PCGS grade exactly.
  4. In the event of a tie, we will then rescore the tied highest scores and award bonus points for any grade that is within a half a point of the exact PCGS grade. If there is still a tie, we will then rescore the tied highest scores and deduct points for any grade more than one point off the PCGS grade. PCGS is the sole determiner of the winner of the contest.
  5. The scored grading contest forms will be emailed or mailed to contestants. Prizes will be mailed to winners by registered mail.

To review past contest and winners, please follow these links:

Long Beach Expo, September 2012

Philadelphia ANA, August 2012

Long Beach Expo, June 2012

Long Beach Expo, February 2012

Orlando FUN Show, January 2012

Should you have any questions about the contest, please contact [email protected].