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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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 […]

NGC Ancients: Style an Important Consideration for Ancient Coins

NGC Ancients: Style an Important Consideration for Ancient Coins

By David Vagi, Director of NGC Ancients….   The evaluation of style is paramount to establishing the desirability of an ancient coin To the best of our knowledge, all dies used to strike ancient coins were engraved by hand. There is evidence that hubbing may have been used in the production of some dies – […]

Dix Noonan Webb Coin Auction Tops £635,000 – Rare 1910 George V Pattern Crown Tops Highlights

Dix Noonan Webb Coin Auction Tops £635,000 – Rare 1910 George V Pattern Crown Tops Highlights

A rare 1910 George V Pattern Crown designed by A.G. Wyon topped the Feb. 11 Dix Noonan Webb auction of coins, tokens and historical medals, bringing in £144,000.   One of only two known specimens of the 1910 George V Pattern Crown in gold designed by A.G. Wyon topped Dix Noonan Webb’s coin auction including, […]

NGC Announces Removed Label Buyback Program

NGC Announces Removed Label Buyback Program

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) the world’s largest third-party coin grading service, has announced a program to buyback NGC certification labels that have been removed from NGC holders. These certification labels contain an NGC- graded coin’s description, grade and certification number. Occasionally, collectors and dealers remove these labels from NGC holders but do not return them […]

US Coins – Distinct Varieties of 2015 $5 Gold Eagles Discovered by NGC

US Coins – Distinct Varieties of 2015 $5 Gold Eagles Discovered by NGC

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) graders have discovered two distinct edge varieties of 2015 $5 One-Tenth Ounce Gold Eagles: “Wide Reeds” and “Narrow Reeds.” The “Wide Reeds” variant displays the standard size edge reeding seen on prior years’ One-Tenth Ounce Gold Eagles. The second style, called “Narrow Reeds” by NGC, has much smaller and finer reeds […]

English Coins – 1910 George V Pattern Crown At Dix Noonan Webb

English Coins – 1910 George V Pattern Crown At Dix Noonan Webb

The 1910 George V Pattern Crown in gold is one of only two known specimens and is expected to sell for £80,000 to £100,000 at Dix Noonan Webb. A major numismatic rarity will be among the highlights of the auction of Ancient, British and World Coins, Tokens and Commemorative Medals to be held by Dix […]

NGC Image Archive Tops 10 Million Coins

NGC Image Archive Tops 10 Million Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® now has images of more than 10 million coins available for free on its website and smartphone app. These images, which show the obverse and reverse of an NGC-certified coin taken immediately after encapsulation, have proven to be a highly effective defense against counterfeit or tampered NGC holders. NGC began a long-term […]

World and US Coin Auctions – NYINC And FUN Usher In 2015 With A Bang

World and US Coin Auctions – NYINC And FUN Usher In 2015 With A Bang

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……. Heritage FUN Delivers Record Number Of Million Dollar Coins in One Sale; NGC Certified Colonial Rarities Spearhead The Action. As the famous crystal ball dropped in Times Square announcing the New Year, the coin caravan was simultaneously being loaded up with a dazzling array of coins […]

Mark Salzberg, Chairman of the Certified Collectibles Group reviews the highlights of 2014 Coin Market and looks forward to 2015.

Mark Salzberg, Chairman of the Certified Collectibles Group reviews the highlights of 2014 Coin Market and looks forward to 2015.

Dear Fellow Numismatists:   The past year has been a particularly dynamic one for numismatics. Many major collections were sold or will soon be sold, modern coins continue an explosion in popularity and numismatics becomes increasingly global. At the forefront of these important developments is NGC. The year began with a week where more than […]

NGC 2015-W Proof Silver Eagle Special Designations

NGC 2015-W Proof Silver Eagle Special Designations

The 2015-W Proof Silver Eagle will go on sale Friday, January 2. Scroll to learn about NGC’s FIRST DAY OF ISSUE and FUN SHOW RELEASES special designations. The 2015-W Proof Silver Eagle will go on sale Friday, January 2—the first US Mint release of the new year. According to some news sources the coins will […]

NGC Ancients: Strike Quality Varies on Ancient Coins

NGC Ancients: Strike Quality Varies on Ancient Coins

By David Vagi, Director of NGC Ancients ….   The centering, evenness and strength of the strike can dramatically affect the appearance of an ancient coin To the best of our knowledge, ancient coins were struck the old-fashioned way – hand-hammered between two dies. Thus, the quality of strikes is inconsistent. The degree of variability is […]

 
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