PCGS Restoration

PCGS Restoration

Restore Your Coins

RETURN YOUR COINS TO THEIR ORIGINAL NATURAL CONDITION

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

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

RESTORE YOUR COINS

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Pricing & Payment

  • Modern (1955 to Date) - Maximum value USD 300 per coin, USD 30 Restoration and Grading Fee.
    • USD 10 Evaluation Fee - For coins PCGS determines will not benefit from being restored, nor should be restored.*
  • High Value Modern (1955 to Date) - Maximum value USD 3,000 per coin, USD 50 Restoration and Grading Fee.
    • USD 10 Evaluation Fee - For coins PCGS determines will not benefit from being restored, nor should be restored.*
  • General Submissions - Restoration and Grading fee is 4% of the value of the coin in its final grade (min. Of USD 30).
    • USD 10 Evaluation Fee - For coins PCGS determines will not benefit from being restored, nor should be restored.*
  • Non-restorable coins can still go through the grading process. Normal grading fees apply in addition to the USD 10 Evaluation Fee. Unmarked boxes will result in non-restorable coins being returned ungraded.
    • 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.
    • For coins that require the use of a double thick holder, there is an additional fee of USD 5 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.

Eligibility & Requirements

  • All U.S. and World coins that PCGS currently authenticates may be submitted.
  • You must be a current PCGS Collectors Club Member or PCGS Authorized Dealer to submit coins for PCGS Restoration.
  • The appropriate PCGS Restoration submission form must be used.
  • Submit current PCGS-graded coins in their existing holders.
  • We do not accept minimum grade requests.
  • Coins graded by other third-party grading services may be submitted, only if you authorize PCGS to remove the coin(s) from their holder following the initial evaluation of the coin(s). Coins removed from other third-party holders do not qualify for a grade guarantee. You indemnify PCGS from any damage that may be done to the coin(s) during this process. You also acknowledge that some coins may have problems that are not apparent until removed from their holder.
  • All grades are possible including Genuine, Not Gradable. Genuine with Details is the default Genuine Service. Other options, such as 'Genuine No Details' or 'Do Not Holder Genuine', can be selected on the submission form.
  • Restoration submissions can be mailed in or dropped off at the PCGS Hong Kong Submission Center or at a scheduled coin show where PCGS will be accepting submissions.

Restoration Process

  • Estimated turnaround time is 4-6 weeks.
  • All coins are evaluated before being removed from their holders.
  • You must agree that PCGS has the right to determine all final coin values.
  • You must agree to pay all fees as determined by PCGS or your submission will not be accepted.

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.

Toning

  • 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

  • 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.

Metal

  • 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.