PCGS The Standard for the Rare Coin Industry

Have You Recently Inherited a Coin Collection or Considered Returning to the Hobby?

What do I have? What are my coins worth?

Most people are unsure of what to do with newly acquired coins. The first step is to find basic information about your coins and get at least a general idea of how much they may be worth.

  • To gain basic knowledge about your coins, refer to the PCGS CoinFacts Encyclopedia of U.S. Coins pcgscoinfacts.com. Look up your U.S. coins by denomination and date to determine what you have.
  • Next, use our new Online Photograde Service to determine the approximate grade for your coin. The condition of your coin determines its grade.
  • A coin is graded on a scale of 1 to 70, depending upon its condition. Find out more about coin grading and its importance in establishing a coin’s worth.
    About Coin Grading 
    • PCGS Grading Standards
  • Once you know what your coin is, and have determined its approximate grade, you can go to the PCGS Online Price Guide to get a ballpark price. (Note: the key word here is ballpark.)
  • If you are new to coins, we suggest you choose a coin dealer from the list of PCGS Authorized Dealers who have been specifically selected to participate in the New Collector Program.
    • New Collector Program Dealers
  • Our Authorized Dealers are screened on the basis of business ethics, knowledge of coins and experience in the marketplace. Your dealer will examine your coins and will recommend any that should be sent to PCGS for grading.
  • A word of caution: do not attempt to clean your coins yourself, because if not done properly, cleaning may reduce a coin's value. Coins should only be cleaned by a numismatic professional.

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