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The concept of certified coins came about in the 1970's. The American Numismatic Association (ANA) a national collector/dealer organization started a grading service called American Numismatic Association Certification Service (ANACS). They were one of the first companies to certify  coins, with a third party unbiased grading opinion, while authenticating the coin; and why was this necessary? Before the concept of "certification", counterfeit and altered coins were not unheard of in the marketplace. 
Collectors and investors, needed a way to safeguard their collections, and investments. Thus, certified coins became an important facet of of the rare coin market. So do you really need your coins to be certified? The answer is quickly YES!
In the 1986 PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) followed a year later by NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation), started to grade and authenticate coins, but they placed their coins in protective plastic holders, nicknamed slabs. Thus, was born the current version of certified coins.
Certified coin grading has dramatically changed the coin market! The changes have been a positive for the collector, as well as dealers. If a coin is certified, the respective company guarantees the authenticity as well as the grade of that coin. So that beginning collector has some guarantees, until such time as his own grading skills could be honed.
Robert S. Riemer, RSR Coins, was one of the early coin dealers recognized as a supporter of  the certified coin market. In the 1980's, we published  newsletters entitled, REPORT ON ANACS COINS, followed by REPORT ON CERTIFIED COINS. Today the top three grading services in the certified coin market are PCGS, NGC and ANACS. We are authorized PCGS and NGC dealers, and sell ANACS coins also. 
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