Numismatic Guaranty Corporation will hold a coin grading contest at the 2020 Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention Jan. 9-11 in Orlando, Fla.
The contest will be open to anyone age 13 and older. Each participant will be given 10 minutes to grade 15 coins at NGC’s booth without any outside assistance. The coins will be a mix of countries, types, and grades, and may include Details-graded and not genuine coins, according to NGC. Contestants will enter their grades on a computer provided by NGC.
Participants will be divided into three categories: Adult (age 26 and older), Young Adult (age 18-25) and Young Numismatist (age 13-17). Contestants will be scored based on how close their grades were to NGC’s grades, and prizes will be given for first, second and third place in each category.
For both the Adult and Young Adult categories, first prize is a $300 NGC grading credit, second prize is a $200 grading credit and third prize is a $100 grading credit. The Young Numismatist category prizes are cash in the amount of $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place.
The top 10 finishers in each of the three categories will receive an NGC “Sample Slab” with a 2004 proof silver Florida state quarter.
To request a reservation for a time slot in the contest, email your name, age (as of the FUN Show) and day(s) you will be at the show to: firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of “FUN Grading Contest.” Contestants must be willing to have their names published by NGC if they win.
A maximum of 140 contestants can take part in all three contests combined. NGC reserves the right to limit the number further depending on the time constraints but intends to accommodate at least 100 contestants.
NGC will notify the winners on Jan. 12 and will post an article on NGCcoin.com shortly after. In the event of a tie, the prize amounts will be split evenly between the winners. (For instance, if two people tie for first place, each will receive $250 in grading credit and no second place prize will be awarded.)
Certified Collectibles Group employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate. NGC reserves the right of final interpretation of this promotion, including the right to disqualify any contestant.
To learn more about the NGC’s grading scale, visit /www.ngccoin.com/coin-grading/grading-scale.