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PCGS creates new holder

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A new holder has been introduced by the Professional Coin Grading Service.

It will help preserve the coins in them as well as fight counterfeiting, the firm says.

A new holder has been introduced by PCGS.

A new holder has been introduced by PCGS.

The completely redesigned holders include an embedded hologram and a Quick Response Code matrix on each label. These new holders now are being used on all submissions certified by PCGS.

“We have been working for months to create this secure, superior next-generation holder to safely house our customers’ coins and to give even more peace of mind to buyers and sellers of PCGS-certified coins,” said Don Willis, president of PCGS.

“This is the most technically advanced coin holder ever offered. There has never been a coin holder that has gone through as much chemical and laboratory analysis as the 2015 PCGS Gold Shield holder,” Willis said.

There are multiple overt and covert security features in the holders to deter counterfeiters and identify counterfeit holders.

A QR Code links the holdered coin to a verification page.

A QR Code links the holdered coin to a verification page.

“This is part of the ongoing, aggressive efforts by PCGS to combat the global proliferation of counterfeit coins and imitation holders,” said PCGS co-founder David Hall.

“In addition to the advanced security features, the new holder’s airtight design will help prevent spotting and toning of coins.”

• Among the security features is a proprietary polymer formula with embedded PCGS identifiers. The holder is made from a new blend of crystal-clear, scratch-resistant plastic that’s tested to be 99.99 percent chemically inert. The chemical formula contains PCGS-specific additives that can be detected using a special handheld device. These sturdier, tamper-evident holders have no edge seam, are virtually airtight and will provide even more protection against potential environmental damage to coins, PCGS said.

• Quick Response Code (QR Code) on each label conveniently links directly to the PCGS Certification Verification page at

• Additives in the embedded hologram and label will allow PCGS to determine the authenticity of the new holders.

A hologram is embedded in the label.

A hologram is embedded in the label.

• A new PCGS Secure™ Shield logo doubles as a security device and contains micro-text and color shifting features.

PCGS has created a special web page,, that outlines these and other features of the new holders.

Since its 1986 founding, PCGS has grown to include offices in California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris. Over 30 million coins have been graded with a total market value of over $29 billion. PCGS is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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