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) 300 33
Restoration Economy 300 22(+3%GP)
†Restoration Value 1,250 30(+3%GP)
†Restoration Regular 2,500 45(+3%GP)
†Restoration Premium 10,000 80(+3%GP)
†Restoration High Value 100,000 120(+3%GP)
†Restoration Rarity None 350(+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. There is always a risk of uncovering issues such as hairlines when haze or film is removed. If a coin already holdered by PCGS when submitted for restoration is discovered to need to be downgraded or receive a no-grade decision, PCGS will initiate a guarantee/buy-back.


  • PCGS Restoration will never add toning to a coin; however, colors can change slightly when contaminates are removed from the surface.
  • In cases where PCGS determines that removing toning will not affect the surfaces of a coin negatively and will improve eye-appeal, it may be done. This type of toning may be the result of improper storage, interaction with corrosive materials, or a type of “stain.”

Surface Contaminants

  • PCGS Restoration will remove any contaminants that are determined to have been deliberately and artificially applied. Examples include putty, grease, and other substances known to be used to deceptively alter the surface of a coin.
  • Restoration will remove contaminants introduced to the coin's surface through improper care or storage. Examples include PVC or verdigris.
  • Dirt or debris can often be removed by PCGS Restoration services.
  • 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.
  • Spots such as old thumbprints often cannot be removed without stripping the coin's original surface and restoration will not be attempted.
  • Newer contaminants such as recent fingerprints often can be removed. Also, certain spots caused by corrosive interactions can typically be removed without impairing the surface.
  • Many modern coins, such as American Silver Eagles and silver medals, can begin to exhibit “milk spotting.” This type of spotting is generally light and opaque white in color. PCGS Restoration will not accept these coins as part of our restoration services.


  • PCGS Restoration will never add, remove, or alter metal. This includes engaging in 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 PCGS Restoration, the coin will not be restored and will be put directly through the grading process.