Noted numismatist J.T. Stanton has joined the team at PCI Coin Grading Service, Inc., as chief executive officer to focus the attention of the Chattanooga, Tenn., suburban firm on collectors and the hobby.
?I think this is a great opportunity for me and PCI,? Stanton said. ?I feel my business and numismatic experiences provide the perfect background to take on this challenge. I look forward to working with the fine staff of PCI, getting to know the many loyal customers and advancing the services of PCI.?
PCI?s majority stockholder, Brian Beardsley, said: ?We are working to make PCI an even better player within the hobby, especially with respect to variety attributions. To do so meant we needed someone with J.T.?s knowledge, experience and credentials to help lead us. With J.T. at the helm, there is no telling how far we can go.?
PCI has been offering grading and certification of coins for more than 15 years. PCI authenticates and grades regular-issue, commemorative and pattern U.S. coins, errors, tokens and Colonial coins.
It also provides the same services for a wide variety of foreign coins and a range of errors and die varieties.
Authentic coins that have been cleaned, corroded, damaged or repaired are encapsulated with a special label.
In addition, PCI will confirm the most popular variety attributions when requested by the submitter.
?We?re here primarily for collectors,? Beardsley said. ?We continue to offer personal customer service, quick turn around and quality grading and certification.?
To better work for and with collectors, Stanton said one of his first tasks will be ?overseeing dramatic improvements to PCI?s Web site, making the site more user friendly, more informative, more educational and offering more services and products.?
The site can be viewed at address www.pcicoins.com.
A specialist in die variety and error coins, Stanton has been involved with numismatics since childhood when he was introduced to coin collecting by a family friend.
Working in a friend?s convenience store, he found silver dollars, Walking Liberty halves, Mercury dimes and Indian Head cents that were still in circulation.
He is the co-author with Bill Fivaz of the Cherrypickers? Guide to Rare Die Varieties and has authored numerous articles and videos.
He also has served as an instructor at the American Numismatic Association?s Summer Seminar for more than a decade.
Stanton has served on the boards of governors of ANA and the Combined Organizations of Numismatic Errors Collectors of America, serving as president of CONECA from 1987-1990.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including ANA?s Medal of Merit, Glenn Smedley and Presidential awards and Krause Publications? Numis-matic Ambassador Award.
For more information about PCI, visit Web site www.pcicoins.com, or contact Stanton via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by writing P.O. Box 486, Rossville, GA 30741; phone 706-861-0200; fax 706-861-7009.