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How Do I Value My Coins?
We are often asked what is the best guide to use to value coins.  There are many different catalogs, online and in print, listed in magazines, sheets and so forth.The simple answ...
How do I look up the price of a coin that sold?
GreatCollections maintains a complete coin auction archive, available to all members at no charge.  This is a useful pricing reference for certified coins, used by collector...
How do I Insure my Coin Collection?
We are asked on a regular basis how clients can insure their coin collection, so I thought we should post our recommendation on our website and explain the process a little.First, a lot of...
MS-70 and Proof-70 Grades for Coins...
The perfect grade is MS-70 or Proof-70 and in many cases, they are not easy to come by.  For example, we have clients that submit 1,000s of coins a year to PCGS and NGC, and depending on the...
Coin Catalogs and Reference Books
We are often asked what reference books we recommend for new collectors.For U.S. coins, we recommend the official Red Book, a guide book of United States Coins by R.S. Yeoman.  I...
What is a "Raw" coin?
A "raw" coin is a coin that has not been graded by a third-party grading service, such as PCGS, NGC or ANACS, among others.  Even though the coin may come in a plastic holder or flip, it is ...
First Strike and Early Releases
We are often asked what does First Strike and/or Early Releases mean on PCGS and NGC coins.PCGS uses the First Strike term and this applies to coins delivered to be graded in the first 30 ...
What does third-party grading mean?
Since the 1980s (and even before), there have been third-party grading companies which will independently assign grades to coins.  As part of their service, they will encapsulate the coin in...
About GreatCollections
GreatCollections is a full service auction house and direct sale venue for certified coins and bullion.GreatCollections handles each coin transaction from start to finish.  For s...
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