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PCGS Grading Challenge

yspsalesyspsales Posts: 2,231 ✭✭✭✭✭

Circa 2016 grading challenge.

Tips to be learned on how to observe coins and and grade coins.


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    TPRCTPRC Posts: 3,740 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This was really worth doing! Thank you for posting.


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    OnastoneOnastone Posts: 3,786 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks very fun watch!!

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for the link.... Something to be learned for most of us. Cheers, RickO

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    yspsalesyspsales Posts: 2,231 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A few nuggets from this and other challenge videos.

    Besides the physical and mental process of grading coins.

    PCGS graders see up to 800 coins daily!
    PCGS assumes your challenge is a success if you consistently land within a grade of their grade.
    They use one light source in a cubicle
    They get it right 80% of the time and the team balances out the final grade.

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    yspsalesyspsales Posts: 2,231 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 3, 2022 6:37AM

    I posted another in the World Coin forum between 4 experts.

    NGC world coin challenge.

    To see their process process, locate the details grade, and all of the other nuances was informative.

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    Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,676 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very enjoyable grading exercise. Thanks for sharing. Peace Roy

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    privatecoinprivatecoin Posts: 3,190 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Definitely a fun video to watch and test yourself.

    Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value. Zero. Voltaire. Ebay coinbowlllc

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    oldabeintxoldabeintx Posts: 1,639 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for posting. I can scratch professional grader from my list of possible vocations. To sit all day in a darkened room and do that several days a week would drive me insane. I became impatient after about 15 minutes. I think I would rather be an air traffic controller. Assume they get a lot of breaks and are paid well. Interesting that 80% accuracy according to the TPG standard is considered good for a grader. Buy the coin not the holder eh?

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    P0CKETCHANGEP0CKETCHANGE Posts: 2,259 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This was a fun exercise. I scored 5/20 right on the money, and another 5 within one grade (and most of the rest within 2, although I had a few wider outliers). You’re at a disadvantage grading via video vs. in-hand, but you get a decent look at most of the coins. I did an in-person grading challenge at a show once that was put on by Northeast Numismatics—I highly recommend trying it if you ever see this activity on a show schedule. There’s nothing like seeing the coins in-hand.

    Nothing is as expensive as free money.

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