PCGS certified Ancient Coin?

I saw this shekel of Tyre on eBay item# 312084340349

I wasn’t aware ancients were certified or graded by PCGS. Is this a legitimate slab/coin?


  • TomBTomB Posts: 15,209 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The cert number shows up as a legitimate insert with the same information as the holder, but I have never seen one like that before.

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  • SmEagle1795SmEagle1795 Posts: 1,772 ✭✭✭✭

    Yes, I've seen a handful of these. They haven't slabbed more for a while but the only PCGS ancients always seem to be these Tyre shekels.

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  • SapyxSapyx Posts: 1,123 ✭✭✭

    I believe these were done in one of those "bulk deals" with a large dealer customer. This was back before any of the TPGs did any kinds of ancients at all (except ICG, whose error-prone "products" were laughable).

    You'll note it isn't actually graded, just "guaranteed genuine". Nor is it properly identified, in terms of a recognized catalog number.

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