- May 16th, 2008
- Posted in WTC Coins 1 of ????
So this is pretty cool, some of the coins from the WTC Ground Zero vault are numbered like the one in the picture above. This means that they all came from the same lot or same person. So lets say John Smith had 269 coins in the vault and all the coins got to PCGS they would then number his coins 1 of 269. All his coins would be numbered like this so there are no 2 of 269 all are numbered 1 of 269 and they are all grade by PCGS. He could have had many $1 silver eagles and like a series of 1986 gold eagles. Well what happen then was that he would sell off parts of his collection and now these coins are out there. Many people are trying to put together whole gold or platinum collections in numbered coins. So they are trying to put together the coins that where in the vault together and I think that is cool. Most numbered coins is graded as Gem Uncirculated coins witch is at least MS65 but some coins may be even better than that they where just never graded like that the time and extra care and diligence of an actual Numismatic Grade like MS69 was never given to these coins.
So here comes the next question could a coin be send back in to PCGS for a new grading ? Most people I have talked to says don't do it, the very symbol of the coins the American flag in the coin holder will be lost if a coin is re-graded by PCGS.
My personal opinion is that the flag on the coin is very valuable its the original, its the way history has made them. The other thing is at if you know that your coin is a sure MS70 but was graded like a Gem Uncirculated keep your coin and treat it like the MS70 that you think it is but keep the history and the flag on your coin if you want to see the real value in these historic coins this is the way to go.
The numbered coins do not tell us anything about the population of any denomination coin it only tell us that one person had 269 coins and he got them all graded by PCGS. It still really cool to have a Gem Uncirculated coin that is numbered or a set of them with the same number.
The different number coins comes in these numbered series.
1 of 150
1 of 190
1 of 269
1 of 426
1 of 531
1 of 900
1 of 1000
1 of 1100
1 of 1440
With this information we know that at least 6,006 coins in the number series from Ground Zero was recovered. If I am missing any number series please let me know.