PCGS Tokens and Medals
Tokens and Medals should be submitted under Special Issues or Economy Special Issues service based on their declared values (not available for on-site grading). Certain tokens and medals may require additional research, and turnaround times can fluctuate based on the amount of research required. Before submitting tokens or medals to PCGS, please verify that each of the tokens or medals are listed below. We continually update this list, so please check back for frequent updates. For additional inquiries, please contact PCGS Customer Service at 800-447-8848 or email [email protected].
US Tokens and Medals
- Baker Medals, from the reference "Medallic Portraits of Washington, 2nd Edition", by Russel Rulau & George Fuld.
- Bashlow Restrikes.
- Betts Medals, from the reference "American Colonial History, Illustrated by Contemporary Medals", by C. Wyllys Betts.
- Bolen Medals, from the reference "The Medallic Work of John Adams Bolen", by Neil E. Musante.
- Civil War Patriotic Tokens, from the reference "Patriotic Civil War Tokens 5th Revised Edition" by George & Melvin Fuld.
- Civil War Store Cards, from the reference "U.S. Civil War Store Cards 2nd Edition" by George & Melvin Fuld.
- Commemorative Medals, from the reference “National Commemorative Medals of the United State Mint” by John T. Dean.
- Commemorative Medals, from the reference "National Commemorative Medals of the United States of America since 1873" by William Swoger.
- Counterstamped Coinage, from the reference "Merchant and Privately Countermarked Coins" by Gregory G. Brunk.
- Hard Times Tokens, from the reference "Hard Times Tokens 6th Edition" by Russell Rulau.
- Krause Unusuals listed in the US Section, from the reference "Unusual World Coins, 6th Edition" by Krause Publications.
- Military Tokens, from the reference "Military Tokens of the United States Volume 1 (Domestic Issues)" by Paul A. Cunningham.
- Political Tokens and Medals, from the reference "American Political Badges and Medalets 1789-1892" by Edmund B. Sullivan.
- Rulau Tokens and Counterstamps, from the reference "Standard Catalog of United States Tokens 1700-1900" by Russell Rulau.
- So-Called Dollars, from the reference "So-Called Dollars 2nd Edition" by Hibler & Kappen.
- Sutler Tokens, from the reference "Civil War Sutler Tokens and Cardboard Scrip" by David E. Schenkman.
- U.S. Assay Commission Medal, from the reference "Medals of the United States Assay Commission 1860-1977" by R.W. Julian and Ernest E. Keusch.
- U.S. Mint Medals, from the reference "Medals of the United States Mint", by Kenneth M. Failor & Eleonora Hayden.
- U.S. Mint Medals, from the reference "Medals of the United States Mint, The First Century 1792-1892" by R.W. Julian.
World Tokens and Medals
- Australian Tokens, as listed in Andrews reference
- British 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century Tokens, as listed in Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles and Mitchner reference
- British 17th-century Tokens, as listed in Dickinson, Akerman and Thompson references
- British 18th-century Tokens, as listed in Dalton & Hamer, Bell and Atkins references
- British 19th-century Tokens, as listed in Bell, Davis and Withers references
- British Medals, as listed in Medallic Illustration, British Historical Medals and Eimer references
- British Commonwealth Military Tokens, as listed in Yarwood reference
- British Caribbean and Bermuda Tokens, as listed in Lyall
- Canadian Tokens as listed in Breton & Charlton references
- Canadian Fractional Gold Tokens, as listed in Greene & Locke reference
- German Balloon, Zepplin & Aircraft Medals, as listed in Kaiser reference
- German Karl Goetz Medals, as listed in Kienast reference
- German Medals, as listed in Zetzmann reference
- French Medals, 1515-1958 as listed in Mitchner reference
- Hawaiian Tokens and Medals, as listed in Medcalf & Russell reference
- Latin American Tokens, as listed in Rulau reference
- Latin American Proclamation Medals, as listed in Medina and Fonrobert reference
- Mexican Medals, as listed in Grove references
- Philippine Tokens and Medals, as listed in Basso reference
- Russian Medals, as listed in Diakov references
- Swiss Shooting Medals (1612–1939), as listed in the Martin & Richter references
- World Transportation Tokens, as listed in Smith & Smith references
- Chinese Medals, see special note below
PCGS Certifies Chinese Medals
In order for PCGS to grade and encapsulate a modern Chinese medal, it must have been produced at one of the four official Mints of China (Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Shenzhen Guabao). PCGS maintains a large record of official Chinese medals but we cannot guarantee attribution for all medals sent to us.
PCGS requires that all Chinese medals and tokens submitted be accompanied by a COA (Certificate of Authenticity). The COA needs to be issued by "The People's Bank of China" and include the following information: date struck or issued, diameter and metal content, Mint of origin, official mintage, Proof / MS designation. Your medal could be returned to you un-graded and designated as 96 (No Service) if you fail to include this information with your submission.
Examples of Chinese medals that are eligible for PCGS grading:
- 1984 Hong Kong Expo – Panda Silver 1 Ounce, Proof, 1,000 Minted
- 1989 Folk Gods Series: Maitreya Buddha Gold ¼ Ounce, Proof, 5,000 Minted
- 1989 Zhao Gongming Silver 3.3 Ounces, Proof, 2,430 Minted