DuPont Authentication and PCGS Collaborate on Global Initiative to Prevent the Counterfeiting of Rare Coins

Next Generation Holder Package Features DuPont™ Izon® 3D Security Holograms

WILMINGTON, Del., January 29, 2014 - DuPont Authentication, Inc. (DuPont) and Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), a division of Collectors Universe, Inc., the leader in third-party authentication and grading services for high-value collectibles, today announced their collaboration on a global initiative to help prevent illegal counterfeiting.  By using DuPont™ Izon® 3D security holographic technology as part of a revolutionary new clearer and stronger protective coin holder design, PCGS customers can now visually validate the authenticity of PCGS-certified products.

n the collectible coin industry, counterfeiting is a war of escalation – progressive packaging advances help us stay ahead of the counterfeiters, who are always looking for new ways to fool collectors,” said Don Willis, president PCGS.  “We’ve been very impressed with the technical qualities of DuPont™ Izon® holographic technology, and they’re a key part of the next generation of protective coin holders that we’re very excited to introduce.  Together, we’ve made a leap in security.”

The anti-counterfeit initiative PCGS and DuPont have undertaken involves the use of proprietary 3D Izon® imaging with multi-angle holographic text for fast visual verification.  Combined with a protective coin package that is now also clearer and more scratch and cut resistant, the holder enables easy and instant visual authentication of coins, providing peace of mind to collectors who will recognize the deep 3D holographic image of the PCGS logo.

“DuPont and PCGS share a passion for protection, and through the use of DuPont™ Izon® 3D security holographic technology, we’re pleased to help deliver the PCGS ‘gold shield standard’ to its valued customers,” said Peter Waker, global business director, DuPont Authentication. 

Along with the introduction of its new coin holders, PCGS is introducing a program to replace existing holders with the new package design.  The holder replacement program will be available beginning January 30 for a small fee.  More information is available at the PCGS website.

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT), the leader in third-party authentication and grading services for high-value collectibles including rare coins, trading cards, tickets, autographs, memorabilia and stamps. For more information visit:

DuPont Authentication provides market-leading brand protection programs, anti-counterfeit solutions and document security systems to large corporate and government entities. These solutions use a combination of market-leading technologies to safeguard the world’s largest brands and government organizations from the damaging affects of counterfeiting.  For further information, please visit

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