U.S. author David Schwager has self-published the expanded second edition of his catalogue, Sample Slabs, which now boasts 760 listings for Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) “Sample” coins and related currency holders.
With prices and more than 900 photos, the 602-page catalogue is available as a printed softcover for $25 US or as a downloadable digital file for $10 US (or both print and digital for $30 US).
To order the catalogue, contact Schwager at firstname.lastname@example.org; he will send anyone a free digital 84-page sample chapter covering all 98 known types of American Numismatic Association Certification Service sample slabs.
Collectors can also email Schwager to register for his free bimonthly Sample Slab Update newsletter.
Each year since 2014, the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) has ordered uncirculated 50-cent coins for certification as souvenirs for its annual convention. Certified by PCGS, the 50-cent coins are held in genuine PCGS slabs, typically with a label reading “PCGS Sample” plus “RCNA” and the convention host city below. While last year’s RCNA Convention in Halifax was cancelled and this year’s gathering was held virtually, the association still offered collectors a limited run of show-themed sample coins in both 2020 and 2021.