Frequently Asked Questions

What is OSV?
OSV is Original Set Verification LLP a Colorado Corporation. We were formed to help preserve an area of the numismatic market that has been slowly disappearing for decades. I developed the idea in the Spring of 2014 and spent a little over 2 years getting the entire process implemented. Now 1947-1958 “Double Mint Sets” are being verified as original, graded, and encapsulated.
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What is your affiliation with ANACS?
We have no formal affiliation with ANACS. OSV will verify sets, coins, and packaging. ANACS will grade and encapsulate the coins. OSV will have no input on the grading of coins and ANACS will have no input on determining the originality of the sets.
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How long will it take to get my sets back?
Once arriving in our offices, the entire process will typically take 3-5 weeks.
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What shipping methods are recommended?
Registered Mail is the safest way for collectors to ship and receive their sets. Other acceptable methods, provided the packages are insured, include Priority Mail, Express Mail, and FedEx. View current shipping and insurance rates.
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How is a set determined to be original?
There are many factors that are weighed in the evaluation including the following: Are the envelopes and cardboard holders from the era? Have any of the coins been replaced? Is the toning appropriate and consistent on the individual boards?
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Do all the cardboard holders contain 10 coins?
No, in 1956 for example, there were no half dollars struck in Denver. As a result the entire set contains 10 coins from Philadelphia but only 8 from Denver. The smallest board is the 1955-S board which only has two cents and two dimes!
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What happens if only one of the boards in my double mint set is original?
In this situation the coins are still graded and encapsulated by ANACS. The board or boards that are original will be stickered by OSV with their hologram label. The board or boards that are not original will not receive the sticker.
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What happens if I'm missing coins from my Double Mint Set?
Those boards from the set that are complete will still be submitted for grading and encapsulation, however, boards that are incomplete from that set will not be submitted. For example, if you have a 1954 set missing one or more coins, the board or boards that are complete will be sent for grading and encapsulation, the board with missing coins will, simply be returned to the submitter.
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Why is the grading of the sets important?
The higher individual coins grade, the more valuable the sets will be. For example, a 1956-D Washington quarter can be worth as little as $8-15 in low BU condition, but as much as $400-1000 in MS 67 condition. Additionally, a 1953-S Franklin half dollar can range in price for $20 to over $10,000.
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What is a “Composite Grade”?
The composite grade is not simply an average of the individual grades. This trademarked formula includes factors such as a Red cent being more valuable than a Brown cent, a Full Bell Line half being more valuable than a non Full Bell Line example. Additionally, the half dollar in any given year is typically more valuable than the cent or dime. Thus it is weighted heavier in the formula.
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How can I find the individual coin grades for the coins in my verified and certified sets?
You may find the grades by visiting the ANACS website and entering the individual coin certification numbers.
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Are there plans to expand beyond the 1947-1964 era?
Yes. As there is a demand, we will include additional mint set eras. Keep checking the OSV.Expert site for information on furture plans.
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OSV - Original Set Verification