Case study: Collectors Universe uses HID Trusted Tag services

This three-page case study explains how HID Global’s Trusted NFC tags are helping an American grading and authentication company to combat the counterfeiting of rare and collectible coins and banknotes.

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The case study lays out the specific challenges faced by the collectibles industry at a time when counterfeit coins and banknotes are becoming more sophisticated and the authentication, certification and grading of collectible items is of critical importance.

The study explains why Collectors Universe has chosen to deploy HID Global’s Trusted Tag Services to enable collectors and dealers to immediately verify valuable coins and banknotes, as well as the company’s Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) holders, in a way that does not compromise or cause any damage to the collectible item.

The paper’s ‘how it works’ section then explains how HID’s Trusted NFC tags are embedded into coins and holders using ‘wet inlays’ behind PCGS’s labelling, enabling users to tap on a tag and launch the PCGS Cert Verification app or a web browser that displays information about the coin or banknote’s authenticity.

“Since each tap generates a unique URL, the information cannot be cloned or manipulated by a counterfeiter,” the paper says.

The case study goes on to explain the benefits the solution offers, both to collectors and to trusted authentication services such as those provided by Collectors Universe.

Following an initial rollout of 100,000 HID Trusted NFC tags, Collectors Universe has now purchased a further two million tags to embed in PCGS-graded collectibles, the case study says.

‘Case study: Collectors Universe uses HID Trusted Tag Services’ has been produced and sponsored by HID Global and approved by the NFCW editorial team.

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