NGC Announces Free Coin Grading Contest at the 2023 FUN Show

Posted on 12/13/2022

Test your coin grading skills against other collectors and dealers for prizes and recognition. It's free to participate, so sign up today!

Ready to test your coin grading acumen? Numismatic Guaranty Company™ (NGC®) is holding a free coin grading contest at the 68th Florida United Numismatics (FUN) Show in Orlando, Florida, taking place on January 5-8, 2023.

The NGC Coin Grading Contest will be open to anyone age 13 and older. Each participant will be given 10 minutes to grade 15 coins at the NGC booth #108-120 without any outside assistance. The coins will be a mix of countries, types and grades, and may include coins that are Details-graded, altered or not even genuine. Contestants will enter their grades on a computer provided by NGC.

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Participants will be divided into three categories: Adults (age 26 and older), Young Adult [YAN] (age 18-25) and Young Numismatist [YN] (age 13-17). The contestants will be scored based on how closely their grades are to the NGC’s grades, and prizes will be given for first, second and third place in each category.

For both the Adult and Young Adult categories, first prize is a $300 NGC grading credit, second prize is a $200 NGC grading credit and third prize is a $100 NGC grading credit. The Young Numismatist category prizes are cash in the amount of $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place.

The top 10 finishers in each of the three categories will receive a special NGC “Sample Slab” with a 2004 Silver Proof Florida Quarter.

All participants will receive a special free “Sample Slab” with a special pedigree only available to participants in the contest.

To request a reservation for a time slot in the contest, email your name, age (as of the FUN Show) and day(s) you will be at the FUN Show to: with a subject line of “FUN Grading Contest.” You must be willing to have your name published by NGC if you win.

A maximum of 150 contestants can take part in all three contests combined. NGC reserves the right to limit the number further depending on the time constraints but intends to accommodate at least 120 contestants. Time slots will be available January 5-7. Please arrive five minutes early. Any potential contestant who does not show up by the start of their time slot will forfeit their time slot. If a time slot is open during the show, it will be made available to walk-up contestants on a first-come, first-served basis.

NGC will notify the winners on January 8th and will post an article on shortly after. In the event of a tie, the prize amounts will be split evenly between the winners. (For instance, if two people tie for first place, each will receive $250 in grading credit and no second-place prize will be awarded.)

Certified Collectibles Group employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate. NGC reserves the right of final interpretation of this promotion, including the right to disqualify any contestant.

To learn more about the NGC Grading Scale, click here.

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