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If I want to submit coins to PCGS?

What is the best way to do it?
Through a coin dealer or through some type of PCGS subscription?
I really don't want my submissions to get buried for six months so I would really appreciate some advice on that as well.
I have at least a dozen coins I would like to submit for grading with PCGS.
I am sure I can research through old threads but things are always changing.
When I do searches they don't come back in chronological order. I'd like to know if that's possible with the search feature.

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    P0CKETCHANGEP0CKETCHANGE Posts: 2,259 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Just get a membership through their website so you can submit directly. Turnaround times seem to be improving. I dropped off several “regular” level submissions at FUN on 1/5, and they all shipped this week. If you decide to mail the coins, make sure you use Registered Mail with the appropriate level of insurance.

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    I'll check out the website and let you know if I have more questions.
    Thank you

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    spyglassdesignspyglassdesign Posts: 1,500 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Get a subscription, it's relatively inexpensive overall, and if you get the second option I think you get 4 regular vouchers. If you want speed, pay for the express option. You have to take into account shipping both ways so economy is actually $20 (or whatever) plus return shipping of $20 plus shipping there.

    So don't expect to get out for less than $50 or so per coin unless you have a handful to submit. The trick is if you have a number of coins, the overall cost goes down per coin as the shipping is combines, at least for the same service speed (ie all express are shipped together, all regular shipped together etc).

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    spyglassdesignspyglassdesign Posts: 1,500 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Also I don't think using a dealer speeds anything up, but you can save on some shipping costs TO PCGS. But the down side is now there is one more link in the chain of custody. Personally I like to keep it simple and mail direct.

    OH and if you are shipping a coin or coins with nfc, make sure you at least wrap in some tin foil so someone with a smart phone will have a tougher time detecting them.

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    What is NFC?

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    Stingray63Stingray63 Posts: 299 ✭✭✭

    @Watchtower said:
    What is NFC?

    NFC is a microchip. I've only seen it on MintID silver bars and rounds. Maybe it's out there on more things.

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    PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 45,432 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Stingray63 said:

    @Watchtower said:
    What is NFC?

    NFC is a microchip. I've only seen it on MintID silver bars and rounds. Maybe it's out there on more things.

    Isn't that what is embedded in the newer PCGS slabs?

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    logger7logger7 Posts: 8,081 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If the coins are worth over $1000 you may want to consider an express submission.

    You could call around, a local dealer may be doing a submisssion, see what they'd charge you. If you are going to sell the coins Great Collections has a raw coin option.

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    MetroDMetroD Posts: 1,937 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 28, 2023 11:30AM

    @PerryHall said:
    Isn't that what is embedded in the newer PCGS slabs?

    Yes.

    Link - NFC technology has been included in all coin holders since OCT-2020.

    Edited.

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    FishproFishpro Posts: 381 ✭✭✭

    Do your own membership, keep it simple, all in your control.

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    MizzouMizzou Posts: 463 ✭✭✭✭

    I started to submit a few coins the other day but thought about it and decided that I didn't want to refinance my house to pay for the submission.

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    GoldbullyGoldbully Posts: 16,862 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Mizzou said:
    I started to submit a few coins the other day but thought about it and decided that I didn't want to refinance my house to pay for the submission.

    Sarcasm?

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    1madman1madman Posts: 1,294 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Mizzou said:
    I started to submit a few coins the other day but thought about it and decided that I didn't want to refinance my house to pay for the submission.

    I feel the same way. Not sarcasm at all. Submissions run into the multi-thousands of dollars very quickly, and I’ve gotta pick & choose the coins to submit wisely nowadays.

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    DisneyFanDisneyFan Posts: 1,707 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @1madman said:

    @Mizzou said:
    I started to submit a few coins the other day but thought about it and decided that I didn't want to refinance my house to pay for the submission.

    I feel the same way. Not sarcasm at all. Submissions run into the multi-thousands of dollars very quickly, and I’ve gotta pick & choose the coins to submit wisely nowadays.

    Going forward, wouldn't it be simpler to just buy PCGS graded coins?

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    Che_GrapesChe_Grapes Posts: 1,851 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I wouldn’t do it unless you have money to burn and don’t need it

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    Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 4,443 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 28, 2023 8:03PM

    I’ve always joined as a platinum member and then I try to submit 8 coins all at once (8 submission vouchers come with the membership) directly to PCGS at their Long Beach shows so I don’t have to ship them. That only works though if you regularly attend any coin shows where PCGS takes submissions at the show. It’s easy and they help fill out the PCGS submission forms with you if you want them to.

    Mr_Spud

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    1madman1madman Posts: 1,294 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @DisneyFan said:

    @1madman said:

    @Mizzou said:
    I started to submit a few coins the other day but thought about it and decided that I didn't want to refinance my house to pay for the submission.

    I feel the same way. Not sarcasm at all. Submissions run into the multi-thousands of dollars very quickly, and I’ve gotta pick & choose the coins to submit wisely nowadays.

    Going forward, wouldn't it be simpler to just buy PCGS graded coins?

    I’m not looking to put together a set/collection of coins purchased in pcgs plastic at full retail. Not my mo. I “make” my coins. Learning to grade more conservative than pcgs is a key to success.

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    spyglassdesignspyglassdesign Posts: 1,500 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @1madman said:

    @Mizzou said:
    I started to submit a few coins the other day but thought about it and decided that I didn't want to refinance my house to pay for the submission.

    I feel the same way. Not sarcasm at all. Submissions run into the multi-thousands of dollars very quickly, and I’ve gotta pick & choose the coins to submit wisely nowadays.

    What are you sending all the coins you have at walkthrough? You must have a lot of coins if you are into the multi thousands. I've never broken a thousand yet.

    But to your point yes, you should not simply submit every coin you have. It's not worth it unless you are trying to sell or have some that you feel would be better protected entombed.

    Or, if you have a coin and want to list on eBay, it must be under $2500 unless it's in a top four slab.

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    1madman1madman Posts: 1,294 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @spyglassdesign said:

    @1madman said:

    @Mizzou said:
    I started to submit a few coins the other day but thought about it and decided that I didn't want to refinance my house to pay for the submission.

    I feel the same way. Not sarcasm at all. Submissions run into the multi-thousands of dollars very quickly, and I’ve gotta pick & choose the coins to submit wisely nowadays.

    What are you sending all the coins you have at walkthrough? You must have a lot of coins if you are into the multi thousands. I've never broken a thousand yet.

    But to your point yes, you should not simply submit every coin you have. It's not worth it unless you are trying to sell or have some that you feel would be better protected entombed.

    Or, if you have a coin and want to list on eBay, it must be under $2500 unless it's in a top four slab.

    Express is $70 a pop plus more for “bells & whistles” (first strike, variety attribution, mint errors, special labels, guarantee premiums, etc), and tack on shipping. If you submit a measly 10 coins that’s literally a grand. Walkthrough would be double that.

    Almost unimaginable to spend less than $1,000 on a submission now

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    Stingray63Stingray63 Posts: 299 ✭✭✭

    @PerryHall said:

    @Stingray63 said:

    @Watchtower said:
    What is NFC?

    NFC is a microchip. I've only seen it on MintID silver bars and rounds. Maybe it's out there on more things.

    Isn't that what is embedded in the newer PCGS slabs?

    My stuff is all old.

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