The news release below and attached and two accompanying illustrations are distributed by Donn Pearlman & Associates Public Relations on behalf of Professional Coin Grading Service.
Now, all qualifying mint state U.S. and world coins,
tokens and medals can be PCGS-certified as PL
Any and all qualifying mint state United States and world coins, as well as tokens and medals submitted to Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com), are now eligible to receive the desirable designation, Prooflike (PL). The formal announcement about the expansion of PL eligibility is yet another positive opportunity for collectors and dealers to showcase their PCGS-certified coins.
According to PCGS standards, a coin’s surface is Prooflike when there is a clear
reflection in the fields on both sides as viewed from two to four inches away. A cloudy
effect or striations may impede the reflectivity.
The PL designation was available first for qualifying Morgan silver dollars when
PCGS opened for business in February 1986. Since then, additional U.S. coin
denominations and types have been added, such as California fractional gold and world
coins, in the past year.
“As of July 1, all mint state coins, tokens and medals, U.S. and world, that meet
the PCGS Prooflike standards now are eligible for PL designation,” said Brett Charville
“During the Ask Me Anything we conducted on our U.S. Coin Forum, it became
clear that there was confusion regarding what coins are eligible for Prooflike designation
and a desire for expanding this designation to all mint state coins. We decided to take a
hard look at Prooflike designations, and this announcement is the continuation of
addressing the requests of our community in The Year of the Customer,” stated
“While Prooflike surfaces on vintage coins other than Morgan Dollars are
infrequently encountered, we felt it was appropriate to formally recognize them. Two
perfect cases in point are the PCGS MS68PL 1899-S Liberty Head $5 and PCGS
MS65+PL 1871-CC Dime. They are dazzling examples that ideally display the attributes
we are looking for,” said Mike Sherman, PCGS Director of Numismatics.
The first notable coin to receive the PL designation is the 1899-S Liberty Head $5
gold coin. Struck in San Francisco, the coin exemplifies the incredible quality of the
mint during that time with nearly flawless fields. The grade of PCGS MS68PL makes it
one of the finest known.
The second notable coin, the 1871-CC 10C recently graded MS65+PL, is by far the finest known of this scarce date with an estimated survival of around 100 pieces.
“The surfaces are fully PL, where all other mint state examples display a more satiny
luster. Calling this amazing, rare coin PL and having it be a highlighted example for the
new PCGS PL program was an easy choice,” said PCGS Director of Numismatic
Education and Outreach, Steve Feltner.
A convenient guide to submitting coins to PCGS for authentication and grading is
available online at www.pcgs.com/submissionguide.
For information about PCGS products and services, visit www.PCGS.com or call
PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.