PCGS Restoration

PCGS Restoration

Restore Your Coins


PCGS Restoration is a service designed to help Collectors address environmental problems with their coins.

  • Preserve Your Coins’ Originality
  • Receive Expert Evaluation
  • Receive PCGS Grading & Guarantee of Authenticity & Grade on all Coin Restorations
PCGS Restoration


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Pricing & Payment

Service Level Maximum Coin Value (USD) Extra Fee Per Coin (USD)
Restoration Modern (1955 to Date)30033
†Restoration Economy30022(+3%GP)
†Restoration Value1,25030(+3%GP)
†Restoration Regular2,50045(+3%GP)
†Restoration Premium10,00080(+3%GP)
†Restoration High Value100,000120(+3%GP)
†Restoration RarityNone350(+3%GP)
Non-restorable coins, normal grading fees apply in addition to the USD 10 Evaluation Fee (For coins PCGS determines will not benefit from being restored, nor should be restored).
†If you select Restoration Economy service level or higher, add additional fee equal to 3% of the value of the banknote in its final grade. The value of the coin is determined by the PCGS Price Guide value for that grade or the Declared Value of the coin (GP minimum of USD 10), if the Price Guide value is not available. PCGS reserves the right to make the final determination of the coin’s value.
  • USD10 evaluation fee applied to coins deemed non-restorable by our restoration team (GP minimum of USD 10)
  • A Handling Fee of USD 10 plus USD 1 per coin applies to all submissions.
  • For coins that require the use of an oversized holder, there is an additional fee of USD 10 per coin.
  • Mint Error Fee is an additional fee of USD 15 per coin. Variety Plus Fee is an additional fee of USD 15 per coin. TrueView℠ Fee is an additional fee of USD 10 per coin.
Variety Plus fee and Mint Error fee are non-refundable.
  • Restoration fees can be paid by the following methods of payments: Credit Cards, Cash or Bank Wire Transfer.

Submitting a coin for PCGS Restoration in no way guarantees the upgrade of your coin. If the coin is already in a PCGS holder, it is guaranteed not to downgrade, nothing more. Through our restoration service, PCGS is committed to preserving and restoring coins to their original and natural condition.


  • PCGS Restoration will not remove original toning simply to make a coin white.
  • PCGS Restoration will never add toning to a coin.
  • In cases where PCGS determines that removing toning is necessary and desirable and will not detract from the coin, it may be done. This type of toning may be the result of improper storage, interaction with corrosive materials, or a stain due to an accidental spill.

Surface Contaminants

  • PCGS Restoration will remove any contaminants that are determined to have been deliberately and artificially applied. Examples include putty, dumdum, grease and other substances known to be used by “coin doctors.”
  • Restoration will remove contaminants introduced to the coin’s surface through improper care or storage. Examples of this are PVC or Verdigris.
  • Dirt or debris can often be removed through a gentle rinse.
  • PCGS Restoration will never add any substance to the surface of a coin.


  • Spots on coins can be the result of a variety of causes. Many spots can be removed, yet some cannot be removed without damaging the coin.
  • PCGS will not attempt to remove a spot unless it is determined that the spot significantly detracts from the coin's overall appearance or is active and will continue to grow.
  • PCGS will not attempt to restore a spotted coin if that in our opinion, a spot is so deep that removal would lower the coin's overall condition.
  • Older spots such as old spittle or old thumbprints often cannot be removed without stripping the coin's original surface and will not be attempted.
  • Newer contaminants such as recent fingerprints can be removed. Also, certain spots due to corrosive interactions can often be removed without impairing the surface.


  • PCGS Restoration will never add, remove or alter metal. This includes engaging in well-known “coin doctoring” practices such as smoothing, whizzing, polishing, engraving, etc.
  • Issues such as scratches, dings, planchet flaws or bending will not be addressed. If it is determined that a coin suffering from one or more of these problems does not have other issues that can be addressed through Restoration, the coin will be returned as is.