Third Party Grading of World Coins.... interested in longer term perspective...
Perhaps like many here, my collecting trajectory has been:
- collecting US coins as a kid before there were slabs
- a return to collecting in adulthood, quickly transitioning to slabs for various reasons (after tuition paid)
- a growing interest in World coins - both raw and certified.
As I am more interested in collecting world coins, I am wondering if World coin collectors can comment on the rate of uptake of third party grading? Note - I am not asking if you think TPG is a good thing, whether you think coins should be slabbed or not, but whether the number of certified world coins is flat, increasing slowly, or increasing quickly.
In the areas that I collect, I have noticed 1) more PCGS graded world coins available on auction venues such as ebay, 2) more dealers who previously offered only raw coins starting to offer some certified coins - sometimes in boluses suggesting that a submission had returned from PCGS, and 3) a number of coins that I believe were graded at PCGS Paris office.
I'd appreciate what other collectors and dealers have noticed. Thanks in advance.