The barcode scan function in Heritage’s app uses a smartphone’s camera to read the linear barcodes printed on a coin’s grading labels. It then enables data to be served up without the need for manual text searches.
Previously the Heritage app allowed users to scan the barcode labels given out by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) when grading coins, then linking the item to auction results for comparable coins.
Now the app will also access data on coins graded by rival grading company Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS).
Effectively it means numismatists can access data on 38.2m graded coins and check them against Heritage’s coins database of 2.2m auction results.
The tie-up with PCGS follows similar initiatives in the comic book sector with Heritage’s app also able to access data from grading company CGC Comics.
One advantage for Heritage of the PCGS tie-up is that more types of coins are included in its grading services. As well as American and British coins, PCGS also certifies world coins from China, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Mexico, Russia, Germany and numerous African countries.