PCI Photo Certified Institute
PCI is an improving company with their new Signature Series to ensure more accurate variety attribution. The company is good at attribution and authentication, but are not widely regarded as the most accurate grader. It is accepted that the companies "Old Green" Holders define their most conservative grading era. They also grade damaged and clean coin by slabbing them in a "Red" holder, pictured below.
PCI Is Now Dominion Grading Company (DGC)
PCI has changed their name to Dominion Grading Service or DGS. According to David Lawrence the company will maintain the use of the PCI but that's where the similarities end. Also, they will be more conservative in their grading practices. Visit DGS website

Old Holder
I hope you, the visitor of this web page, found this website before you purchased a graded coin at ebay or any other online venue. If not, don't despair, because here you will find all the information you need to buy graded coins without getting ripped off. It's better to learn this information now than never.

Ebay is only one of many websites that contain coin auctions or coins for sale in holders with an assigned grade. It's also apparent that uninformed collectors assume that a coin in a holder is authentic and graded appropriately, but such is not always the case.

It doesn't take a degree or training to buy coin holders, create the labels of your choice and encase coins inside. Furthermore, if you know how much coins are worth in different grades than you would be able to grade any coin, a grade of your choice, for the most profit. However, it doesn't stop there as many decide that can pass-off cleaned coins as problem free, or fake coins as authentic. If that's not enough, some have chosen to fake holders from the most respected grading services like PCGS and NGC.

So, I hope each visitor takes heed to the information contained in these web pages and buys graded coins accordingly.
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PCI (Photo Certified Institute) is back in business, as of 2013, and under new ownership. You can visit their website here PCI
New PCI Holder
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