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Cheapest grading fee

I'm looking to have a $1 gold liberty graded soon. I'm not a member of any coin grading organization. Is ANACS my cheapest option at $46 ($20 for grading and $26 for return shipping)?


  • Or you could join PCGS and get some vouchers for some submissions

  • hfjacintohfjacinto Posts: 734 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've piggybacked on my dealers submission, but its still not inexpensive for 1 coin. If you can get a few together the shipping works in your favor.

  • logger7logger7 Posts: 7,956 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The local dealer charges $50 a coin for NGC and he usually sends them in economy, so there usually isn't an advantage getting dealers to do it. Anacs has a special, but they have a minimum. ICG is $15 a coin and they'll let you provide the shipping label or send it usps priority if you want. NGC and PCGS with gold coins will be at least $35 or so plus an invoice fee plus shipping.

  • goldengolden Posts: 8,962 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Cheapest is not always best.

  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 45,203 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Can we get some good pics of your gold dollar? If you will be attending a larger coin show in the future, you may be able to drop it off for grading and save some money on shipping costs.

    Worry is the interest you pay on a debt you may not owe.

  • logger7logger7 Posts: 7,956 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'd agree it depends entirely on the coin. A common coin where establishing authenticity is vital and getting a grade on it so at least you have a better idea of value would be the objective; if you post some pictures advice could be on point. Any rare or near gem gold coin should be sent to the top two companies. An example of a common gold coin I recently sent in: a $2 1/2 Indian that graded as a marginal Unc. at ICG. Whether AU58, MS60 or so very little in the way of spread but there are too many fakes out there to take a chance. An MS63 and above and collectors generally want PCGS or NGC though a local higher volume dealer I know uses Anacs.

  • epcepc Posts: 104 ✭✭✭

    I do all my coin submissions at Baltimore shows. PCGS and NGC are always there, and usually others. I usually have a dozen or more coins to submit, three times a year. I like not having to pay shipping both ways. So, unless you can't wait for a nearby show to come along (plus the month or two it can take to get your coins back), it's the way to go.

    Collector of Liberty Seated Half Dimes, including die pairs and die states

  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,472 ✭✭✭✭✭

    ICG sent me this holiday voucher for one coin.

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

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