Author Archive: Numismatic Guaranty Corporation

NGC was founded in 1987, and for coin grading, its opening heralded the introduction of a new standard of integrity. From the beginning NGC focused on only one objective, a standard of consistent and accurate grading. As NGC has grown to become the leader in third-party grading services, we have maintained a steadfast and uncompromising commitment to this standard. The knowledge, integrity and dedication of NGC's team of grading experts ensures you a level of grading consistency unparalleled among grading services. This record of consistency, built over the years, has helped to foster greater stability throughout the rare coin marketplace.

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NGC Offers Exclusive ANA Label at ANA World’s Fair of Money

NGC Offers Exclusive ANA Label at ANA World’s Fair of Money

An exclusive ANA label and pedigree will be available for qualifying coins submitted to NGC at the Chicago ANA in August. Special submission instructions must be followed. NGC, the official grading service of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) since 1995, will offer an exclusive ANA label at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago, […]

NGC’s Mark Salzberg to Offer Free One-on-One Consultations at ANA’s World Fair of Money

NGC’s Mark Salzberg to Offer Free One-on-One Consultations at ANA’s World Fair of Money

by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation On Wednesday, August 12 and Thursday, August 13, renowned numismatist Mark Salzberg will offer free collector consultations at the NGC tables during the ANA World’s Fair of Money. NGC will be offering free one-on-one consultations with the renowned numismatist at the NGC booth. From 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days, Salzberg will […]

Altered Coin Detection:  Cameo 1960 Franklin Half Dollar

Altered Coin Detection: Cameo 1960 Franklin Half Dollar

Altered Cameo 1960 Franklin Half by Max Spiegel, NGC  ……. A white “frost” was applied to this Franklin Half Dollar to give its elements a cameo appearance. There are a number of ways that nefarious individuals alter coins in an attempt to trick unsuspecting buyers into thinking that the coin is better than it really is. […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1842-O Seated Liberty Dime

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1842-O Seated Liberty Dime

Counterfeit 1842-O Seated Liberty Dime by Max Spiegel, NGC  ……. The design details on this counterfeit Seated Liberty Dime are soft, especially at Liberty’s head, the Phrygian cap and the shield on the obverse. The Seated Liberty Dime has grown in popularity with collectors over the last couple of decades with considerable new research done by […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1893-O Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1893-O Morgan Dollar

Posted by Ben Wengel, NGC Grader ……. A recent 1893-O Morgan Dollar submission was confirmed a counterfeit when NGC graders identified one telltale sign. Recently, a well made die struck counterfeit Morgan dollar dated 1893-O was found in a bulk deal while at NGC. While the piece was well made, it had one telltale diagnostic that made […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1912 Indian Head $10 Gold Eagle Coin

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1912 Indian Head $10 Gold Eagle Coin

by Max Spiegel, NGC …. The raised spikes at the rim of this 1912 $10 Indian Head Eagle are one indication that it is a counterfeit. It is no surprise that United States gold coins have long been the target of counterfeiters. A wave of deceptive forgeries appeared in the marketplace in the 1960s and 70s, […]

Chinese Pandas: They’re So Cute!

Chinese Pandas: They’re So Cute!

Posted by Peter Anthony for the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. 1983 is considered the key date in the 1/20-ounce “Baby” Panda Gold Coin series. As I stood and watched three Panda cubs play and tussle and vie with one another to climb a tree, the young woman next to me squealed over and over again, “They’re so […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar

By Max Spiegel, NGC ……… Tool marks, soft design details and dull surfaces help NGC graders identify a counterfeit 1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific Exposition, which was held in San Francisco in 1915 to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal a year earlier. To mark the occasion, […]

NGC Ancients: The Third Side of the Coin

NGC Ancients: The Third Side of the Coin

By David Vagi, Director of NGC Ancients…. The edge of an ancient coin may hold often-overlooked clues about the coin’s life and times. At NGC Ancients we examine the “third side” of all ancient coins. Though the edge bears no designs original to the coin, viewing it is an important aspect of the evaluation process […]

VP Ken Krah Extends Employment with NGC

VP Ken Krah Extends Employment with NGC

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is pleased to announce that Ken Krah, NGC Vice President and Finalizer, has decided to postpone retirement and extend his employment with NGC. Krah has been with NGC since 1989. A top expert on world coin authentication and grading, Krah became a professional numismatist in 1979. He joined NGC a decade […]

Counterfeit Detection: 2012 $50 American Gold Eagle

Counterfeit Detection: 2012 $50 American Gold Eagle

Posted by Max Spiegel, NGC on 4/21/2015 NGC graders recently identified two counterfeit 2012 $50 American Gold Eagles with poorly defined details around Liberty’s face and hair.The American Eagle bullion coin program was launched in 1986 with a one ounce silver $1, a tenth ounce gold $5, a quarter ounce gold $10, a half ounce gold $25 […]

Chinese Coins: Buy the Book and the Coin

Chinese Coins: Buy the Book and the Coin

By Peter Anthony – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Reference books are an essential part of building a collection of modern Chinese coins. A real collection is the result of educated choices, but a pile of unidentified coins is little more than a hoard. I was at a luncheon recently. An older gentleman at my table asked […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection –  Australian 1917 P Gold Sovereign

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Australian 1917 P Gold Sovereign

by Max Spiegel, NGC ….   NGC graders recently identified a fake 1917 gold sovereign with the “P” mintmark of the Perth Mint in Australia. The British sovereign is one of the world’s most famous gold coins. Named after an English gold coin struck until 1604, the modern gold sovereign has been issued by the United […]

NGC, NCS and PMG Announce Major Expansion in China

NGC, NCS and PMG Announce Major Expansion in China

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®), Numismatic Conservation Services® (NCS®) and Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) have entered their next phase of expansion in China with several major developments. The three companies, which are independent members of the Certified Collectibles Group® (CCG®), have extended their Official Submission Center agreement with Guangzhou National Standard Numismatic Collection Grading Co., Ltd. […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1793 Flowing Hair Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1793 Flowing Hair Cent

by Max Spiegel, NGC …….. Tool marks and raised lines identify a counterfeit 1793 Flowing Hair Cent. The first coins struck by the United States Mint were the half cents and large cents made in 1793. All half cents from this year bear the left-facing Liberty Cap design, while large cents feature three major design types: […]

NGC Releases Tokens and Medals Census

NGC Releases Tokens and Medals Census

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has released a Tokens and Medals Census with comprehensive population data for virtually all types graded by NGC. The Tokens and Medals Census, which is available for free on NGCcoin.com, provides collectors and dealers with an unprecedented opportunity to evaluate the rarity of tokens and medals from around the world. This […]

NGC Adds Four New World Coin Categories and Numerous World Coin Sets to NGC Registry

NGC Adds Four New World Coin Categories and Numerous World Coin Sets to NGC Registry

On Tuesday, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) announced the addition of four new world categories and forty new world coin sets to the NGC Registry. The new categories will allow collectors to build NGC Registry sets of coins from the Congo, Indonesia, and the Seychelles Islands. In addition, NGC has created the following new world coins sets: […]

NGC Ancients: CoinArchives — Premium Research Tool for Ancient Coins

NGC Ancients: CoinArchives — Premium Research Tool for Ancient Coins

By David Vagi, Director of NGC Ancients….   NGC offers premium access to an incomparable online resource that allows you to search through ancient coin auction prices realized and upcoming auctions from more than 80 auction firms. Ancient coins have come a long way in the last 20 years. A large number of scholarly books […]

NGC Label/Pedigree for March of Dimes Special Silver Set

NGC Label/Pedigree for March of Dimes Special Silver Set

The March of Dimes Special Silver Set, which includes two new Roosevelt Dimes and a Proof March of Dimes commemorative dollar, goes on sale May 4. Learn about NGC’s special label and pedigree for these coins. Special submission instructions must be followed. The US Mint will begin sales of the eagerly awaited March of Dimes […]

NGC Certifies Rare Gold Medal Presented to Brazilian President Alves

NGC Certifies Rare Gold Medal Presented to Brazilian President Alves

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified a rare and important 1906 Brazilian gold medal struck to commemorate the appointment of Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro Joaquim Arcoverde de Albuquerque Cavalcanti as Cardinal by Pope Pius X in 1905. This celebrated event marked the first time that a South American was appointed Cardinal by the Holy […]

2014 $5 Gold Eagles with Narrow Reeds Discovered

2014 $5 Gold Eagles with Narrow Reeds Discovered

NGC has certified the first two reported Narrow Reeds examples, submitted by a collector in North Carolina. NGC announced in late January that it had identified two distinct edge varieties of 2015 $5 One-Tenth Ounce Gold Eagles, coins with wide and narrow reeds. The variety called “Wide Reeds” is the standard reed-style used in previous […]

Rare NGC-Certified Chinese Coin Tops  Stack’s Bowers April 2015 Hong Kong Auction

Rare NGC-Certified Chinese Coin Tops Stack’s Bowers April 2015 Hong Kong Auction

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries April 2015 Hong Kong Auction was led by an extremely rare Chinese coin–an 1898 Chinese Dragon Dollar certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®)–that sold for nearly five times its pre-sale high estimate. The NGC MS 65 China-Kiangnan 1898 L&M-216 Circlet Scale Dragon Silver Dollar realized an impressive $418,250 on a pre-sale […]

World Coins – NGC Grades Rare “99” Stamped 1898 South Africa Pond

World Coins – NGC Grades Rare “99” Stamped 1898 South Africa Pond

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has graded an exquisite specimen of the rare 1898 South Africa Pond with a “99” stamp. Graded NGC MS 62, it is one of just 20 examples certified by NGC. The 1898 “99” Stamped Pond were issued during the Anglo-Boar War between the South African Republic and the British Empire. The […]

NGC Ancients: New ‘Economy’ Tier for Ancient Coins

NGC Ancients: New ‘Economy’ Tier for Ancient Coins

By David Vagi, Director of NGC Ancients….   NGC now offers an especially cost-effective way to submit lower-value ancients Coins of the ancient Greek and Roman world sometimes are expensive. For example, in recent years two Greek silver coins were sold at auction by the firm Numismatica Ars Classica for more than $2.5 million each, […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Collecting Circulated Coinage

Coin Collecting Strategies – Collecting Circulated Coinage

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Collecting circulated coinage is an appealing option for many numismatists who cannot afford the soaring costs of high grade coins The most common advice any experienced numismatist will dispense is “buy the best you can afford.” I have shared this particular nugget of wisdom many times myself. […]

Coin Grading – NGC Signature Series Labels

Coin Grading – NGC Signature Series Labels

NGC hand-signed labels provide a way for a collector to purchase a coin with an interesting personal connection and, oftentimes, a low NGC graded population. Last year the US Mint produced one of its most popular creations ever. The Hall of Fame Baseball commemorative series was composed of a Half Dollar, Silver Dollar and Half […]

2015-W Mint State Silver Eagle Coins – Special Designation Inserts

2015-W Mint State Silver Eagle Coins – Special Designation Inserts

The 2015-W Mint State Silver Eagle will be the latest release in the popular American Silver Eagle series. Coins will go on sale Thursday, March 26, and are expected to be available for purchase at the US Mint booth at the Whitman Baltimore Show. NGC will offer its FIRST DAY OF ISSUE and BALTIMORE SHOW […]

NGC Expands Plus (+) Designation to World Coins

NGC Expands Plus (+) Designation to World Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has expanded its Plus (+) Designation to world coins struck prior to 1970. All eligible world coins submitted for grading on March 3, 2015, and later will be reviewed for +. The Plus (+) Designation is assigned by NGC to coins at the high end of their numeric grade, approaching the […]

NGC Grades Rare 1897B Gold British Trade Dollar

NGC Grades Rare 1897B Gold British Trade Dollar

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC) has certified an extremely rare Great Britain 1897B Gold Trade Dollar. Graded NGC PF 61, it is one of only a handful of examples believed to exist and is the only specimen certified by NGC. The prominent United Kingdom auction house Baldwin’s will offer this extraordinary coin as lot 1068 in […]

Modern Chinese Varieties: 2002 Gold Panda Frosted and Mirrored Branches

Modern Chinese Varieties: 2002 Gold Panda Frosted and Mirrored Branches

By David J. Camire for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Due to the overwhelming popularity of modern Chinese coins, there has been steady increase and interest in varieties. NGC is at the forefront of actively attributing and listing new varieties of modern Chinese coins. To date, NGC recognizes and attributes more than 90 varieties, including small […]

 
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