More than 120 different promotional sample plastic encapsulations or “slabs” issued by Professional Coin Grading Service since its founding in 1986 will be displayed Jan. 7 to 10 during the Florida United Numismatists Convention in Tampa.
The display, at the third-party grading service’s Booth 104 at the FUN convention, to be held at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., will kick off PCGS’s year-long 30th anniversary celebration.
“Since 1986, PCGS has been giving out samples of its holders featuring hundreds of different coin types, both U.S. and world,” said PCGS President Don Willis.
“They have become highly collectible over the last 30 years, although they originally were only intended as free promotional items,” he added.
While supplies last, PCGS will also be giving away to visitors to the exhibit Mint State 2015 Lincoln cents, encapsulated in samples of the company’s latest PCGS Secure enhanced-security holders.
Each 2015 sample slab will be presented in a specially created commemorative Sample Slabs brochure that explains the history and features of PCGS holders.
“1,250 lucky collectors will receive the commemorative Sample Slab brochure with the enclosed sample holder,” Willis said. “This sample represents our fifth generation PCGS holder, and it is the most technologically advanced security holder in the world.”
PCGS’s exhibit of encapsulated promotional coins in PCGS holders with historic sample insert labels comprises a collection of 113 sample slabs, assembled by and displayed courtesy of Timothy Larson from Mercer Island, Wash., along with an additional dozen sample PCGS slabs from the collection of Robert Klein of Monroe, N.Y.