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What coin grading site is better PCGS or NGC

I recently bought some ungraded coins, and I want to get them certified. I was wondering which coin grader would be better. The NGC or PCGS.

8 years ago

It really depends on the value of the coins you think their worth.

8 years ago

I honestly don't think it matters that much.

8 years ago

It's a tough call, but it depends upon several factors. Are these coins you plan to keep for a long time or are you trying to sell them relatively soon? How much money do you plan to spend on such services? Getting coins graded by a reputable TPG (Third Party Grading service) can often help you realize more money when trying to sell them; generally increases liquidity. Also, are they foreign or US? Ancient? Middle Ages? Modern? What metals are they made out of? (Some TPG's charge different prices for certain metals.)

My best advice is to conduct your own due diligence on auction sites to see what prices comparable coins are realizing, when they were sold, and note the differences (if any) between these companies. Keep in mind grading is one of the most subjective aspects of our hobby - and don't let anyone ever convince you that you MUST have all your coins slabbed.  It always should come down to whatever your preferences are as a collector, imho. Collect what you like, how you like, whenever you feel like! Nevertheless, learning how to effectively grade coins for yourself is one of the most rewarding parts of this great hobby. (Remember folks, the ANA does offer courses on grading, through the diploma program and during summer seminar, as well as at some national shows! I honestly feel you can never learn enough about how to grade coins, especially since standards change over time, i.e., "gradeflation.") Again, do a bit of research and I'm pretty sure you'll come to the realizations that serve you best; trust your gut.

8 years ago

@Numinerd9

It's a tough call, but it depends upon several factors. Are these coins you plan to keep for a long time or are you trying to sell them relatively soon? How much money do you plan to spend on such services? Getting coins graded by a reputable TPG (Third Party Grading service) can often help you realize more money when trying to sell them; generally increases liquidity. Also, are they foreign or US? Ancient? Middle Ages? Modern? What metals are they made out of? (Some TPG's charge different prices for certain metals.)

My best advice is to conduct your own due diligence on auction sites to see what prices comparable coins are realizing, when they were sold, and note the differences (if any) between these companies. Keep in mind grading is one of the most subjective aspects of our hobby - and don't let anyone ever convince you that you MUST have all your coins slabbed.  It always should come down to whatever your preferences are as a collector, imho. Collect what you like, how you like, whenever you feel like! Nevertheless, learning how to effectively grade coins for yourself is one of the most rewarding parts of this great hobby. (Remember folks, the ANA does offer courses on grading, through the diploma program and during summer seminar, as well as at some national shows! I honestly feel you can never learn enough about how to grade coins, especially since standards change over time, i.e., "gradeflation.") Again, do a bit of research and I'm pretty sure you'll come to the realizations that serve you best; trust your gut.

 

Good advice here.  I would just add that you are on target with the two TPGs you've identified ... do not settle for less, especially just because grading fees might be cheaper as you will get what you pay for when it comes to TPGs ... especially when it comes time to sell.  Good luck with your coins.

8 years ago

I prefer PCGS personally, but see the value of NGC as well.  Also I did have some ANACS certified Lincolns for a while ... from the grapevine I hear they are good for Lincoln Cents ... but really as was stated before NGC and PCGS are the cream of the crop right now and have been for a while.  There was a time I think PCGS was considered king, which is why I buy them, but from what I see ... NGC is right there neck and neck in my opinion.  Good luck!

7 years ago

My opinion is that for US coins (that's the forum this question is posted in), it doesn't really matter which one you use.


It's worth noting that for low-value coins, it may not be worth the grading fees at all.

7 years ago

Sorry if this is late. I would prefer NGC because of the direct submission value of being a member of the ANA, but have seen PCGS as being more "strict" on their coin grading.

7 years ago

I prefer the looks of PCGS holders. When it comes time to sell, PCGS holders usually bring more money. Not always the case, but more often than not.

7 years ago

For me the question is that I want to use the stuff for a presentations and want the participants to have a tactile experience. A TPGS holder no matter the origin prevents the coin from being downgraded by handling. Unless the question becomes is it real or counterfeit the protected coin is the issue. As for me reselling what I have acquired is not a reason I have sold less than 20 items over the past 30 years. I could not say that when I was in my 20's money was more of an issue back then, I sold for cash to further my needs.   

7 years ago
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