ANACS Conservation Service is an add-on option to our coin-grading services, in which you give us permission to perform conservation on coins where we deem it necessary or desirable.
ANACS will remove PVC, debris, glue, stains, hazing, and other easily removed or distracting flaws from submitted coins.
Over the years, many collectable coins have suffered from attempts at cleaning that alter their surfaces and decrease their numismatic value. As a result, most coin experts advise collectors to never clean their coins. ANACS Conservation Service employs techniques that are designed to preserve the coins surface, while removing substances that deter from a coins appearance and value.
The decision to conserve a coin is always made by a professional numismatist, with an eye toward achieving the most desirable numismatic qualities of a coin. For example, a coin with eye pleasing toning will be kept in that condition, while a coin that has unattractive hazing will typically be treated.
ANACS Conservation Service is not a restoration service, and, as such, there will be coins that are not covered by this service. Environmental damage, such as active corrosion, typically cannot be conserved. Also, spotting on proof coins is unlikely to be reversed, especially the spotting that occurs on proof silver eagles.
Copper coins are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Since copper is a very active metal, there are many copper coins that we cannot treat. Red or red-brown copper will always look worse after conservation attempts, so we will not treat those. Brown copper can sometimes see improvement.
Only if your coin was cleaned prior to its submission. It is not uncommon for the removal of PVC to uncover prior cleaning of coins. However, the services that we perform will not cause this condition, only potentially expose it.
ANACS has set up a pricing structure that makes it easy and price effective for you to select the conservation option. The conservation option is available on a per submission basis, so that there is one low fee for any coins in a given submission to be treated.