FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Collectibles Quality Assurance Company, LLC Launches First Ever Grade Verification Service For Modern US Coins
“Because Not All Modern Coins Are Created Equal” ™
Coeur d’Alene, ID (December 1, 2014) – James Sego, along with Gary Knaus and John DeRocker, are pleased to announce the launch of Collectibles Quality Assurance Company, LLC. The company will be based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and will be accepting coin submissions beginning Wednesday, January 7th at the annual FUN Show in Orlando, Florida.
The company will be grade verifying all Modern US Coins. The list of accepted coins include: all Lincoln Cents 1909 to date; all Jefferson Nickels; all Roosevelt Dimes; Washington Quarters (all Proofs + Mint State Coins from 1965 to date); all Kennedy Half Dollars; all Eisenhower Dollars; all Susan B Anthony Dollars; all Sacagewea Dollars; all Presidential Dollars; all Modern Commemoratives from 1982 to date; all American Eagles (Silver, Gold and Platinum). Mint State and Proof coins for all series listed above will be accepted. Details on how to submit coins can be found on our website.
The market for modern coins is estimated to exceed Four Billion Dollars per year. The growth of collector and public interest in contemporary US Mint products demonstrates the importance of this market to the numismatic industry. Currently more than 15,000,000 modern US coins have been graded by the major grading services. The number of coins in this universe has been growing at a rate of more than 1,000,000 newly graded coins per year.
The company will have a minimum of two highly experienced modern coin graders review each coin for it’s assigned grade. Only coins that meet the company’s strict grading criteria that are “solid quality” for the grade will be given the coveted QA✓ sticker. Superlative quality coins will be assigned a special sticker. The company expects less than one-half of one percent of submissions will receive the special sticker.
ABOUT THE PRINCIPALS
James Sego, currently the owner of JMS Coins (est. in 1986), is the principle grader and President. James has been a pioneer in the field of modern coins. Realizing that Eisenhower Dollars were very difficult to obtain in high grade, James began submitting them for grading. He then began supplying dealers and collectors with high-end graded examples. James has always embraced modern coins for their beauty and collectability. James earned his Bachelors degree in Economics and German from the University of Georgia, and his Masters degree from Pepperdine University. He also has extensive corporate experience, having held senior management positions for The Quaker Oats Company in a variety of different field and headquarter locations.
Gary Knaus, is Senior Vice President in charge of operations. Gary brings a long history of collecting coins. He began his career as a teenager, working for a Chicago area coin shop. In addition to numismatics, his career has included creating successful publishing and software firms that were sold to Fortune 200 companies. Gary has been extensively published including in the numismatic industry. He received his BA from Southern Illinois University and MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
John DeRocker, is on the Board of Governors of the company. John is a very well-known collector of currency and high grade modern coins within the collecting community. He started collecting coins and currency in the early 80’s. John has formed and owned several US and International computer based companies over his 25 years in the IT industry. His companies serviced multiple Fortune 500 companies like 3M, Pillsbury, Cargill and others alike. John retired from the IT industry in August, 2013 to focus on his family and his collecting passion. John’s knowledge of business and servicing the customer first via one-on-one communication is what drives his passion for collecting and servicing the end customer.
Mike Ellis, Senior Grader, Mike has 15 years professional grading experience. He was formerly the head grader and finalizer at DGS, as well as authenticator, chief attributor and grader at ANACS and ICG . Mike is currently an Error, Variety Examiner and Attributor for CONECA, a position he will maintain. He has been an instructor at the ANA Summer Seminars teaching Grading and Minting classes since 1996, and is an ANA Governor. He is the current General Editor of the "Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties." Additionally Mike has made many discoveries in numismatics and has been published numerous times in multiple publications.
Jason Fishmam, Senior Grader, Jason brings over 15 years experience as a professional numismatist. He has been involved in the business as a trader, buying and selling coins full time. He previously was a wholesale and retail trader at Modern Coin Mart. Jason discovered a significant modern mint pattern that was accidentally released by the US Mint in 2007 (Frosted Freedom Platinum Proof Eagle). He has contributed articles to numerous coin publications. He is currently an associate member of the Professional Numismatists Guild.
For additional information, please contact the company at 208-392-1050 or e-mail at info@QACoins.com
Collectibles Quality Assurance Company, LLC
P.O.Box 2290 • Coeur d’Alene ID 83816
w. (208) 392-1050 f. (888) 252-7997