PCGS Announces Collector Education Program for February Long Beach Show
January 14, 2014

(Long Beach, California) - Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) is pleased to announce that the upcoming February Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp and Sports Collectible show will host two courses in its Collector Education Program.

Scheduled for Saturday, February 1, 2014, the courses will include:

Grading 102: Qualifiers, Proof Coins, Modern Coins and Difficult-to-Grade coins

Grading 103: No Grades and Counterfeit Detection

Grading 102 will be presented by PCGS Directory of Collector Education Michael Sherman, and will cover Qualifiers (color on copper coins, strike on silver and nickel coins and prooflike and cameo surfaces).  Grading Proof coins will follow, along with a discussion of ultra-high grade modern coins and some difficult-to-grade series such as Indian gold coins.

After a break for lunch (provided by PCGS), coins will be available to view and discuss, and a question and answer session with Mike and David Hall will follow.

Grading 103 is being offered for the second time.  It will be conducted by PCGS Grader and Counterfeit expert Mike Faraone, and will include an in depth coverage of “no grades” – coins that cannot be graded by PCGS.  A detailed illustration and discussion of what disqualifies a coin from grading, and why, will be made during the morning session.

Following lunch (again, provided by PCGS), Mike will present a show on Counterfeit Detection, with high quality photographs and tips of various counterfeiting techniques and how to spot and avoid them.  An extended question and answer session will follow the slideshow.

The courses are scheduled from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday, February 1 at the Long Beach Convention Center.  Attendance is limited to thirty individuals per class and signups will be accepted on a first-come-first served basis.  The cost of the seminar is $199.00 and members of the PCGS Gold, Platinum and Diamond Collector’s Club will be offered a $50.00 discount for a total admission price of $149.00.

PCGS Founder David Hall noted that “PCGS has always been about consumer protection and education, and this program fulfills a long-time goal of bringing our knowledge and vast experience within easier reach of the numismatic community.

For additional information and reservations, contact PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848 or by email at sdmarine@collectors.com.

For additional information about the next Long Beach Expo, January 30 - February 1, 2014, visit www.LongBeachExpo.com, call (888) 743-9316 or email info@LongBeachExpo.com.