(Newport Beach, California) — The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is offering a special label for 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollars and Service Medals. This includes the option to holder both the Proof dollar and Proof medal in a two-coin holder.
The Proof and Uncirculated dollars are available individually with special labels. PCGS will also use special labels for its two-coin holder, encapsulating a Proof Dollar and a Proof Service Medal together. It is only possible to combine a World War I Centennial 2018 Proof Silver Dollar with any of the five Proof Service Medals in the same two-coin holder. The Uncirculated strike of the dollar will not be encapsulated with any Proof strike medal.
The U.S. Mint releases the coins and medals for purchase on January 17, 2018. The Mint will ship the two-piece silver dollar and medal sets in late May 2018, while the individual Proof and Uncirculated dollars will begin shipping January 17.
For the combination coin and medal holder, the dollar label’s obverse shows the year, mint mark, denomination, and grade, with the Stars and Stripes in the background and the silhouette of a U.S. soldier in a World War I uniform. The service medal’s label shows the year, mint mark, denomination, and grade with a continuation of the stripes from the American flag in the background, with silhouettes of marching U.S. soldiers in World War I garb. The labels’ reverse sides are standard PCGS issue with the PCGS hologram, specification number, and certificate number.
Information about submission guidelines and fees for the special labels can be found online. Submission information and guidelines for First Strike designation labels are at the PCGS website. Two-coin Dollar and Medal sets will be eligible for First Strike designation upon Mint shipment in May. Submitters must send the coins to PCGS immediately upon receipt and all sets must be received by PCGS in complete original packaging. This does not apply to Dollars not included in the two-coin sets.
“We’re really excited about the World War I Centennial Dollar and Medal program, and our special labels are our small way of paying tribute to the soldiers who served, and their families,” said Mark Stephenson, vice president of PCGS. PCGS is a division of Collectors Universe (NASDAQ: CLCT).
All coins and medals from the WWI Centennial program are among the first eligible for PCGS Gold Shield service. PCGS Gold Shield replaced PCGS Secure on January 1, 2018. PCGS Gold Shield is the new standard for anti-counterfeiting technology in the coin industry.
Since its founding in 1986, PCGS has certified over 38 million coins with a total market value of over $32 billion. For information about PCGS products and services, including how to submit your coins for authentication and grading, visit the website of PCGS or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.