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ICCS Grading - Any Opinions?
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I bought a few Canada halves graded by ICCS. I know it's a Canadian grading company. What reputation does it have? Thanks.

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I don't collect Canadian but from what I've read other people saying, ICCS is very well respected. Some differences in terms of what %red will get you a red vs. red-brown type of thing, but for the non-copper types that's not an issue.

 

 

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ICCS is a highly regarded grading company. I'm a collector of Canadian coins and most of them are certified by them.
Very conservative by US standards, IMO.

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I have a Canadian collection, largely graded by ICCS, in addition to my British Collection, graded mostly by NGC.

In my opinion, in the 1990s, ICCS was more conservative in its grading than either of the two main US services, but now is only slightly more conservative when it comes to surface quality.

this is borne out to some extent by wholesale prices in Canada for Canadian coins, which appear to get a higher premium than the equivalent grade from the Us services.

Having said that, grading in my opinion is a bit more of an art than a science. Surface quality is a bit easier to quantify. Lustre and strike not so much, particularly for older issues.

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I've had old MS ICCS coins cross over to 1 or 2 points higher in domestic slabs.

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In general for Canadians they have an excellent reputation, a little less so for coins of other nations.

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ICCS has been traditionally looked upon as the gold standard for Canadian coin certification in the eyes of many folks.  While I believe that this was true at one time, I will also state that in my opinion ICCS is more lenient on surface issues than either NGC or PCGS while they are more conservative on grading standards with respect to remaining meat, also when compared to NGC or PCGS.  As far as liquidity is concerned, it is also my opinion that ICCS is less liquid in the marketplace than either NGC or PCGS in the United States, though I do not know the status in Canada.  My gut feel is that both NGC and PCGS have made up much ground in the Canadian market in recent years.  Overall, I think that ICCS should be doing laps around NGC and PCGS with respect to Canadian coin grading, but they have not taken advantage of their position and it is likely only a matter of time before they are passed.

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