What is a certified rare coin?

Only a few specific coins are both “certified” and “rare” in the common sense. For a coin to be considered certified it must be encapsulated in an air-tight and tamper-proof transparent slab that bears the coin’s vital information, an assigned serial number and bar code identifier. The plastic coin holder must also bear the grading company’s name (PCGS and NGC are the two most popular) and a grade. The grade is comprised of two letters (usually MS or PR for Mint State and Proof, respectively) and a number from 0 to 70. A coin rated 70 represents a flawless, brand new coin.

Not all certified coins qualify as rare coins. For example, An MS70 American Eagle gold coin constitutes a certified coin but not a rare coin, because an average of 3400 brand new gold Eagles have been manufactured by the US Mint every day for the last 25 years. A coin must have a legitimately limited supply to be called rare. Ancient gold coins, shipwreck gold coins and pre-1933 US gold coins are three examples of rare coins.

A certified rare coin is a coin, therefore, that has been examined, graded and encapsulated by a nationally recognized grading organization and is part of an expired or extremely limited mintage. American investors often seek out certified rare coins for their proven profit potential and long-term stability.

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