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1889 US $3 Coin – PCGS Grade MS62

We recently had this coin graded by PCGS. Below are the results. Click here for the official grading page with high resolution views. PCGS Coin Information PCGS # 8011 Date, mintmark 1889 Denomination $3 Country The United States of America Grade MS62 Mintage 2,300...

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PCGS Coin Security Fingerprinting

Deeper Analysis & Added Security for the Most Reliable Protection your Coins can get With PCGS Secure, each coin is laser scanned, imaged and registered into the PCGS Secure database. Through this process, the system digitally captures the unique fingerprints of...

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PCGS Photorade Online Coin Grading Guide

With PCGS Photograde you can obtain the approximate grade of your coin by comparing it to the photo that most closely matches its appearance. After you’ve done that, you can go to the PCGS Price Guide to get a ballpark idea of how much the coin is worth. For a...

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History of Indian Head Coins

Indian Head Cent Longacre substitutes Indian Head designs for Flying Eagle By Paul Gilkes – COIN WORLD Staff Difficulty in modifying the Flying Eagle cent design to correct the problem of short die life and poor strikeability led Chief Engraver James Barton...

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Storing and Displaying Coins

To keep the value of your collection safe, here are four standards you should follow: Keep them cool and dry.  Sharp changes in temperature and moisture—as are natural in most attics and basements—promote tarnish and spots that devalue your coins. Use original...

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Caring for Coins

Cleaning While you may be tempted to clean your coins to make them look shiny and new, proceed with caution. Most of the time, cleaning coins reduces their value. Believe it or not, older coins that show the deep coloration of age are far more desirable than coins...

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Ways to Collect

There are several popular approaches to collecting coins. For example, you can collect by series, type, theme and date. You can collect the coins you use everyday such as pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters – or buy specially minted  coins made by the United...

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Getting Started

It’s easy to start a coin collection.  You can begin with coins that you already have on hand.  Check your pockets, wallet, desk drawers and under the sofa cushions.  Most people are surprised to discover the variety of coins hiding in their home’s...

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Why Collect Coins?

There are many excellent reasons why you might want to collect coins. For starters, they tell unique stories. A coin’s design, mint mark, condition and composition can offer a glimpse into history and a better understanding of the past. Some people collect coins...

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Coin Grading: Ultra Modern Coins

Grading Ultra High Grade Modern coins is much different than grading vintage and classic coins. Learn the best practices for grading these coins from PCGS Director of Education, Mike Sherman, in this short webcast. PCGS Official Site: http://www.PCGS.com PCGS...

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Grading Mint State Morgan Dollars

PCGS Director of Education Mike Sherman reviews the key elements for grading Mint State 60 to 69 Morgan Dollars. These coins are plentiful, but no two are exactly alike. Learn how to identify the differences in this short...

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Coin Grading: Circulated Eye Appeal

As coins circulate over many years, details originally struck into the coin are gradually worn away. The remaining details left on the coin are used to determine the coin’s grade. However, eye appeal still does matter for circulated coins. Join PCGS Director of...

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Grading: Circulated Coins (Video)

Join PCGS Director of Education Mike Sherman as he provides collectors with insight on grading circulated coins. In about 10 minutes, Mike explains the factors that contribute most to a circulated coin’s...

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