PCGS announces 2020 Coin Quest winners

A May 30 press release revealed that the Professional Coin Grading Service Coin Quest 2020 has concluded with two winners. Starting early in the year, collectors had to find circulating 2020 Philadelphia and Denver pennies, nickels, and dimes and submit them to PCGS for an Early Find designation. Winners of up to $2,500 had to complete the six-coin set in the PCGS Set Registry.

The deadline was May 15, 2020, and two expert collectors were confirmed winners. PCGS Coin Quest 2020 awarded $2,500 to the top-ranked set and $2,000 to a random collector who finished the set before the deadline.

The two winners revealed their coin collecting experiences but requested anonymity. An unidentified Northern California collector of 55 years won the highest-ranking complete set. The collector, Branzo99 in the PCGS Set Registry, began collecting silver coins when their aunt, a collector, educated them.

“She thought they would be valuable in the future and was, obviously, quite right,” Bronzo99 said. I inherited and enhanced our combined collection. When trying to gather more interesting coins, I became interested in graded coins.

Because rarity and condition affect value, I thought I could look for rare coins, but buying them ‘sight unseen,’ or with poor photos, would be risky financially. My collection also included several rare coins that I wanted authenticated. This confluence of elements increased my interest in numismatics recently.”

An anonymous Set Registry member named Kamcoins, the second PCGS Coin Quest 2020 winner, has been collecting for 28 years and was inspired by their great grandmother. My great grandmother searched for rotated die pennies in 1992, claiming they were worth a lot.

The lifelong coin artist began collecting coins a year or two ago. “I became a silver hunter,” he adds, searching dimes, quarters, and half dollars for silver. “I get two grand in rolls at the bank.Over the past year, he has collected numerous rolls of W-Mint Quarters, valued at $15 to $20 or more because to their scarcity.

I asked a local coin dealer about die rotation and was directed to ‘The Red Book’ [A Guide Book of United States Coins], where I found other kinds to look for, like the 1955 and 1972 [Lincoln cent] doubled dies. When my other grandma saw I was reading my coin book a lot, she gave me a collection of coins from her father. I became interested in numismatics after seeing a superb XF 1798 Large cent in their collection.

After PCGS Coin Quest 2020, the 2020 Quarter Quest is underway, with two of the five 2020-W America the Beautiful quarters in circulation and another due in early June.

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