Food for thought when shipping coins.
Let me preface this by saying I am a huge advocate of the new NFC technology PCGS uses in their current slabs. I believe it to be the pinnacle in TPG services. With that said, I’d like to share something that happened today. I also brought up a similar situation about a year ago but felt that it fell on deaf ears.
While at the post office today, I was in line awaiting my turn with my parcel in my hand. The parcel was a small flat rate box which contained 2 PCGS coins. Both of these coins had the NFC chip embedded in the slab label. While I was waiting, I feel my phone (which was in my front pocket) vibrate which indicated I had an alert. I reached in and pulled out my phone to find that the alert was PCGS asking if I wanted to view the coins in the app? The phone in my pocket was able to sense the NFC chip of the coins inside my well packed parcel. So upon opening the app, there on my screen was the coins along with the TrueViews and all of the info about the coins including PCGS guide value.
I emailed PCGS about this the last time it happened. I don’t remember hearing back about it.
The slabbed coins shipped today were in sleeves, then placed in Intercept Shield holders, then in another sleeve. Then they were wrapped in packing paper and boxed with tape. Maybe wrapping them in aluminum foil could “jam” the signal of the chip during the shipping process?….I don’t know.
Just want to raise awareness that the contents of your packaged coins could be revealed during transit even if there is no malicious act intended.