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NGC
Numismatic Guarantee Corporation    
PCGS
Professional Coin Grading Service - PCGS certifies coins as genuine and determines their grades according to a popular coin hobby grading scale (of 1 to 70).  They charge a fee for their services and encapsulate the coin in a tamper resistant protective holder.  Some PCGS graded coins sell for a premium over the ungraded versions of the same coins, because collectors are willing to pay a premium price for the assurances that a third-party grading service can provide.  PCGS is one of the top three independent grading services today.  Also see ANACS and NGC.

 See related article PCGS What is it?  

 Related Article -  How PCGS Grades Coins

 

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NGC Grading Service Information
PQ or PC
-abbreviation for National Parks Quarters or National Parks Coins.
pop
-abbreviation for "population"
PR or PF
- Proof - a coin produced from specially treated and polished dies and/or planchets. A proof coin is usually struck two or more times.  This give the resulting coin a very great degree of detail and the surface becomes mirror-like.  Proofs are not made to circulated in commerce, rather they are minted for numismatic purposes, presentations in sets, or sold as collectibles. Because of the fine surface detail on proof coins, any small scratch or mark caused by mishandling can hurt the value and grade of a proof coin. Proofs are sold by the US mint in the year they are issued.  Normally their cost is high enough to cover their special manufacturing costs.
Sometimes the initials PR or PF are used with a number to indicate the "grade" or degree of excellence of the proof coin.  For example, with many coin grading services a PR69 would be one of the highest grades possible for a proof coin (with PR70 being perfect). A grade of PR60 would indicate a proof coin that was still in mint condition, however displayed some less than perfect features.
For more about proofs please read  What is a proof coin?
PR69 or PF69
"PR" or "PF" is an abbreviation for "proof".  69 indicates the quality of the coin using the numeric coin grading scale that is the most popular quality grading scale in use today.  Coin grades run from 1 to 70.  A grade of PR70 or PF-70 is considered the best grade that is possible, with a 70 being an absolutely perfect coin.  Also see topic-  "MS69".
Prez
Short term or abbreviation for Presidential Dollar coins.

   More info about the US Presidential Dollar Coins:  

Press Release

 ~ Mint Release schedule ~

Original $ Legislation 

Mint announces "Edge Lettering" for new Dollar coins 

~Prez Proof Sets delayed ~

Errors found on new 2007 Washington Presidential $'s

 
PVC
- Poly Vinyl Chloride (or PolyVinyl-Chorine).  PVC is sometimes used in the manufacturing of plastic to add a flexibility or softness to it. Warning: Do NOT Use Coin holders containing PVC. Polyvinyl Chlorine has been found to be an unstable material, that over time can come out of the plastic as it ages and damage coins or other items that are stored in it.  As the chemical breaks down it can often leave a slimy film on a coin or stain on paper money (baseball cards, etc.)  PVC is found in some older holders made to hold coins, 2x2 coin holders, coin flips, currency holders and pages, and album pages (for baseball cards, photographs, and coin sets).  In the mid-1980's the coin hobby became acutely aware of the danger of PVC as many holders made in the decade prior to that began to deteriorate and damage the coins they contained.  Today, many coin collecting supply manufactures avoid the PVC softening agents and will often mention on their holders that they are "free of PVC".  Recommendation:  Avoid any type of plastic holder that contains PVC.  Inquire of the seller if you are not sure whether a holder contains PVC.  
SHQ or SQ
Short for United States StateHood Quarters program, sometimes call the State Quarters program.
 
SE
Short for Silver Eagles or American Silver Eagle dollars.

 

 

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