Most of the below information concerns the CoinSpa service. If you are interested in the collector coins that I have for sale, please browse at will.
Also as of June 2012, I have not yet gone "live" with the CoinSpa service, as there are many details still to be worked out.
By way of introduction, but not willing to reveal too much (for obvious reasons). I am a southern gentleman 55 years of age, have been collecting coins for 40 years or so. My photography experience is nearly as extensive.
I am determined to build your trust.
Your trust ultimately will be the determining factor as to whether the CoinSpa concept succeeds or fails.
My pledge to you is that I will love and treat your collector coins as if they were my own.
I have been collecting coins since 1970. What is that, 41 years? And I am still building my collection of Washington quarters. I am almost there. But then, I have been "almost there" for 30 years or so!
If you will trust me to photograph, document, and encapsulated your treasures, I will move heaven and earth so as not to betray that trust.
CoinSpa is (as far as I know) a unique service to the coin collecting community. Our mission is to take your collector coins to the "Next Level". We believe you will find our service to be a better value than the established third party graders.
To be clear, we are not a grading service at all. As the third party graders seem to be falling out of favor, CoinSpa is poised to take a position to give collectors real value rather than the perceived value attributed to the TPGs.
First and foremost is the photography that accompanies this service. We will professionally photograph your coins under ideal lighting and with high-end equipment. These photographs will be burned onto a CD and returned to you along with your encapsulated coins. In addition, if you so request, we will publish these photos on the Web for your easy access to share with your friends, or to use as a very powerful sales tool. Each coin will have it's own unique URL, along with HTML codes to allow for easy use in online ads.
Each coin will carry it's own unique CoinSpa serial number. This number will stay with the coin, as it will be lasered into the inside of the capsule before the capsule is sealed.
The capsule itself is a high-end slab type acrylic capsule. No high technology in the capsule itself, though the treatment that the capsule receives is very high tech indeed. The obverse of the capsule is laser engraved on the inside with the CoinSpa serial number, the date, description, and mint. The reverse is engraved with the mintage, the actual diameter, the weight, plus the owner's name if desired. We can custom engrave the reverse to the owner's specifications if desired. Once engraved, the capsule is permanently sealed to protect both the coin and the serial number certification.
We stand behind the accurate documentation of our products. Though due to the nature of the service we cannot offer a blanket warranty, we certainly strive for a positive experience. If we make an error, please send a photograph of the complaint. If we agree that the complaint is valid, we will offer to "reholder" the coin. In addition if you so choose, send the holder back to us for a full refund.
Please refer to the FAQ for more information.
Occasionally, perhaps regularly, we will have collector coins for sale. These coins usually (but not always) recieve the full CoinSpa treatment. Please look these coins over, as they are an excellent example of the treatment your treasures will receive.