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PCGS grading costs and services
The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is the largest coin grading company in the world, and with over 35 million coins graded over its 30 year history, more and more Australian collectors want their coins PCGS-certified. Unfortunately, PCGS does not have an office in Australia, meaning collectors have to ship their coins to one of PCGS' three international offices in order to grade their coins.
Luckily, if you prefer to deal with someone local, you can ship your coins to a PCGS-authorised dealer, such as myself, here in Australia. The authorised dealer will then complete the paperwork with PCGS, and ship the coins on your behalf to PCGS' offices overseas. Not all the authorised dealers provide the service, so check with them first before shipping them your coins.
If you'd like to go ahead with grading, and are wondering about the fees and costs, please find them below:
|Service level||Max coin value per coin (AUD)||Fee per coin (AUD)|
|Non-gold decimal coins
|Low-value coins (Pre-1966, non-gold)||$400||$35|
|High-value coins (Gold and non-gold)||$4,000||$55|
|Very high-value coins (1930 pennies, etc)||$25,000||$95|
Return registered shipping is $15 per service level around Australia for any quantity of coins, and insurance is available at 2% of the insurable values of the coins. If you are unsure about the values of your coins, please use the amount you'd like to be compensated for in the event of loss or damage. Because of the large number of coins I send to PCGS, I'm unable to provide specific values for insurance purposes.
The minimum submission size is five coins, except in the case of United States coins, where the minimum submission size is twenty coins. (Unfortunately, I don’t send too many US coins to PCGS, so I can’t spread the cost over a large quantity without your help.)
Coins that are rejected by PCGS due to harsh cleaning, questionable authenticity, or other faults will be returned ungraded. The grading and insurance fees will not be refunded. I should also mention that PCGS does not grade ancient coins, so please do not include them in your submissions.
Please note that the turnover time is between twelve to sixteen weeks. Please refrain from inquiring about your coins until sixteen weeks have elapsed.
Please send your coins in 2x2 inch Mylar Saflips, one coin per flip. You can purchase these Mylar flips on Ebay or from the Purple Penny website. If you do not use the 2x2 Mylar flips to send your coins to me, I'll have to charge a $5 per coin handling charge to cover the cost of putting the coins into the correct packaging. (If you've tried to open coin capsules or cut open 2x2 cardboard holders, you know what a pain it is.)
Furthermore, please do not use sticky tape or staples, or apply any sort of labelling to the Mylar flips, as this damages the flips. Additionally, please do not put any inserts into the flip, as removing the inserts requires additional handling. Lastly, please do not cut the flips in half, as this makes them unusable. Please use rubber bands to bundle together the coins. Once again, I have to charge a $5 handling fee per coin for incorrectly packaged coins.
If you'd like to go ahead, please ship your coins, at your risk, to GPO Box 2913 Sydney 2001. Please address the parcel to Eric Eigner.
After I receive your coins, I’ll let you know the exact cost. Because PCGS charges me immediately, I require payment upfront.
If you have any more queries or questions, please email me.