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Tips for using PCGS CoinFacts

If you're a PCGS CoinFacts subscriber, you already know about the great images on the CoinFacts site. How do they get there? Each and every day, the PCGS grading software identifies important coins and routes them to the Photography department, where they are imaged digitally by the best numismatic photographers in the world. Once the coins are imaged, the system places them automatically in their proper place on the PCGS CoinFacts site.

Because we image the coins "raw", the true beauty of the coins remains unhindered: no plastic cases to diffract and reflect the lighting, and no gaskets to obscure the edge. Thus, the image you see on PCGS CoinFacts is simply the next best thing to holding the coin in your hand.

The Missouri Cabinet of U.S. Half Cents is one example of the advantages of this process. This incredible collection contains every Half Cent variety in both circulation strike and Proof conditions. All are Condition Census candidates or Finest Known. Nothing like it has ever been accomplished before, nor is it likely that this landmark achievement will ever be repeated. PCGS graded and certified this important collection, and you can bet we imaged every single coin. Once the coins are sold and scattered to various collections, the opportunity to image the coins as an entire collection will be gone forever.

To see these remarkable coins, and many other high grade examples of this unusual denomination, start with the 1793 Half Cent.

Ron Guth is President of PCGS CoinFacts. He has been active as a coin collector, dealer, writer and auctioneer since his introduction to numismatics in 1964.
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