On the heels of PCGS’s announcement of an airtight, scratch-resistant, tamper-evident holder, President Don Willis has announced that TrueView™ coin photography will be included at no extra cost with all Secure Service submissions.
The Secure Service can be added at any PCGS level, including economy. Previously a submitter had to pay $5 per coin for Secure and $10 for TrueView™. What this new feature assures is that many more submitters–again at every level–will be paying the $5 per coin for Secure and getting the imaging free.
“You now can have free, professional photography for all your PCGS Secure certified coins,” Willis said. “These are high-resolution, museum-quality images that you can share with your friends and fellow collectors.”
For those unfamiliar with TrueView™, the service had been provided for a $10 fee since September 6, 2012. The company has promoted TrueView™ Imaging Service as providing high-quality images of each coin just before the coin is encapsulated. As such the photo is free from glare and is especially recommended for toned coins. Moreover, the images are provided at different digital size levels so the owner can choose which ones to use for online or even printed poster display.
Here is an example from one of my coins:
TrueView™ is similar to NGC’s Photo Vision®. Those services range from $5 per coin for a low resolution jpeg image to $15 for a PDF with high-quality enlarged images of the coin’s obverse and reverse and label information. Both are sent via email. I’ve used both services and prefer the PCGS one because of the digital images in various KB and MB sizes for multiple uses. I don’t much care for PDF format, but with the right software you can change those to jpegs.
Here’s an example of one of my Photo Vision® coins that came in a PDF:
Apart from TrueView™ and Photo Vision®, NGC has been providing free imaging of all its coins in its online verification tool; but those images are copyrighted by the company and the only way to secure them would be to take a screenshot and crop (a violation of copyright if you use or distribute the photo commercially). Here’s an example of what occurs if you try to save an NGC image:
I’ve been a fan of this NGC service, however. You can use NGC’s online verification tool for a number of views and enlargements. I have used it in the past to verify NGC coins, a practice recommended before bidding. Often an auctioneer’s photos are subpar, and this tool has helped me understand the tone and strike of a particular coin, also affecting my bids.
However, providing free TrueView™ at the Secure level is a game changer. The advantage not only is in a personal catalog of your coins or use in set registries. The PCGS service typically increases the bidding in online auctions, especially on eBay. And of course the large photo size is ideal for handsome catalogs by the top auction companies.
Most important, the Secure service with new holder and free sharp imaging will discourage counterfeiters. That is the most important aspect of this new PCGS feature, especially since the company’s Quick Response Code goes directly to verification for all the coin information, including TrueView™.