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 Coin Detection – 1793 Flowing Hair Large Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1793 Flowing Hair Large Cent

Counterfeit large cents – 1793 Flowing Hair Cent – Tooling Marks; Raised Lines By Max Spiegel, NGC ……..   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 […]

Coin Collecting Commentary: Trump and Numismatics

Coin Collecting Commentary: Trump and Numismatics

What does the Trump presidency mean for coin collectors? By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   The presidential election this year was certainly a raucous event and the eventual winner was very much unexpected by most. Regardless of your political leanings, the question on many collectors’ minds is what does a Trump […]

NGC: 2016-W Burnished Mint State Silver Eagle Special Designations

NGC: 2016-W Burnished Mint State Silver Eagle Special Designations

The 2016-W Burnished Mint State Silver Eagle will be released on December 1 The US Mint is set to release the 2016-W Burnished Mint State Silver Eagle on December 1. The world’s most popular silver coin, the American Silver Eagle, was introduced in 1986. Burnished Mint State versions were added for the series’ 20th anniversary […]

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

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

By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ………   Tool marks, soft design details and dull surfaces help NGC graders identify a counterfeit coins, in this case a  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 […]

Thanksgiving – A New Numismatic Tradition

Thanksgiving – A New Numismatic Tradition

If it’s not already a tradition, find a way to introduce numismatics this holiday season By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   As this article posts we are about to enjoy a truly American holiday tradition: Thanksgiving. A touch of light snowfall covering the ground only enhances the mood for this great season. […]

Coin Collecting Commentary: How To Invigorate The Hobby

Coin Collecting Commentary: How To Invigorate The Hobby

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   The US Mint forum attracted leaders from all areas of the hobby including the media, mass market sellers, numismatic artists, collectors, rare coin dealers and grading companies. A few weeks ago Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson of the United States Mint held a forum in […]

NGC – Chinese Coins: The Last Palace

NGC – Chinese Coins: The Last Palace

2016 is the 150th anniversary of Sun Yat-sen’s birth and the People’s Republic of China has just released three coins to commemorate this event By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   It feels like a train station. We weave though the milling crowd in the ticket office lobby. The glass barrier between the […]

NGC Red & Gold Display Boxes Are Back

NGC Red & Gold Display Boxes Are Back

NGC Red & Gold Display Boxes are available now! Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) introduced a red and gold display box last year to much enthusiasm from collectors and dealers around the world. These attractive boxes are now back ― but only until January 31 or while supplies last! Paired together, red and gold symbolize good […]

NGC Registry Sets – A Letter from Mark Salzberg

NGC Registry Sets – A Letter from Mark Salzberg

  The chairman of NGC discusses an important change to the NGC Registry Dear Collectors: In 2017 Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) will celebrate two important anniversaries: 30 years of NGC and 15 years of the NGC Registry. We have many exciting things planned for this milestone year, including a significant investment to modernize the NGC […]

NGC: 1715 Plate Fleet Shipwreck Image Gallery Now Online

NGC: 1715 Plate Fleet Shipwreck Image Gallery Now Online

Extra ordinary rare and high-grade coins recovered from the storied 1715 Treasure Fleet shipwreck Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has created an online image gallery of nearly 300 rare and high grade gold coins recovered from the shipwreck of the famous 1715 Plate Fleet. The coins were recovered and submitted to NGC by 1715 Fleet – […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: Spark-Erosion 1874 Three Cent Nickel Die Trial

Counterfeit Coin Detection: Spark-Erosion 1874 Three Cent Nickel Die Trial

Posted by Max Spiegel for NGC ……..   Three Cent nickels were struck in 75% copper and 25% nickel with a silver-gray color, but the coin submitted to NGC appeared to be made entirely out of copper. Numismatic Conservation Services® (NCS®), a professional coin conservation company affiliated with NGC, recently received a coin that the […]

Chinese Coins: Show and Friendship Pandas

Chinese Coins: Show and Friendship Pandas

Olympic Participation Medals and Show Pandas exemplify the spirit of friendship By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   One of the wonderful aspects of coin collecting is the opportunity to make new friends from around the world. Numismatics brings people from any and all cultures together. The recent ANA World’s Fair of Money […]

NGC Ancient Coins: Unusual Bactrian Portraits

NGC Ancient Coins: Unusual Bactrian Portraits

By NGC Ancients …..   The royal busts of the Indo-Greek kings are often adorned with unusual helmets and headdresses Among the most interesting and diverse portraits on ancient ‘Greek’ coinage are those of the Indo-Greek kings of Bactria, a region on the fringe of the Greek world. In addition to the portraits themselves, which […]

Chinese Pandas – Setting the Bar High in Shenyang

Chinese Pandas – Setting the Bar High in Shenyang

For its 120th anniversary, the Shenyang Mint has unveiled numerous commemorative items, including a half-kilogram silver bar with an enchanting panorama of images from three decades of Panda coins By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   It is late August and summer is already waning in northern China. Under a brilliant blue sky […]

NGC Certified Coins: 2016 Ronald Reagan Coin, Chronicles Set Pedigree

NGC Certified Coins: 2016 Ronald Reagan Coin, Chronicles Set Pedigree

NGC will assign the COIN AND CHRONICLES SET pedigree to the coins and medal from this set The Ronald Reagan Coin and Chronicles Set went on sale at noon on October 11. Limited to a maximum of 150,000 sets, it includes a Reverse Proof 2016-S Reagan Presidential Dollar, a 2016-W 30th Anniversary Proof Silver Eagle […]

NGC Ancients – Surface Quality Important for Ancient Coins

NGC Ancients – Surface Quality Important for Ancient Coins

By NGC Ancients …..   The evaluation of surface quality is paramount to establishing the overall quality of an ancient coin. Surface quality plays a significant role in establishing the desirability–and, hence, the value—of coins to collectors. For this reason, NGC Ancients evaluates the quality of a coin’s surface separately from its grade and strike. […]

$1 Million in Recently Recovered 1715 Fleet Shipwreck Coins Coming to Market

$1 Million in Recently Recovered 1715 Fleet Shipwreck Coins Coming to Market

Sunken Spanish colonial gold treasure coins discovered during 300th anniversary of fleet’s demise to be offered for the first time More than 200 sunken treasure gold coins from the legendary Spanish 1715 Plate Fleet, recovered during last year’s 300th anniversary of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane that sank 11 of the fleet’s 12 ships, are now […]

NCS Conservation: Special Concerns For Gold Coins

NCS Conservation: Special Concerns For Gold Coins

Although gold coins are less impacted by environmental effects than silver and copper coins, they are not completely impervious to such damage Even though gold is the most stable metal typically used to make coins, a gold coin or one that is mostly gold is not impervious to the perils of poor long-term storage. Problems […]

Classic US Coins – Art and Numismatics

Classic US Coins – Art and Numismatics

Collecting coins based on art is an endless journey and one that should give you a different perspective of the hobby By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Last week I had the pleasure of traveling with a friend to Cornish, New Hampshire on a very interesting numismatic road trip. Cornish, New Hampshire […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Liberty Half Eagles

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Liberty Half Eagles

Counterfeit 1907 Liberty Half Eagle By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   These counterfeit gold coins were found unexpectedly among a group of US coins freshly returned from Europe. It’s well known to collectors that most 19th and 20th Century US gold coins available to collectors today have “come back” from Europe. Laws enacted to strengthen the […]

NGC Certified Coins – 2016-W Proof Silver Eagle Special Designations

NGC Certified Coins – 2016-W Proof Silver Eagle Special Designations

The eagerly awaited 30th Anniversary Proof Silver Eagle — the first in the series to feature edge lettering — went on sale on Friday, Sept. 16 at 12 p.m. EST. NGC has created a celebratory label for this coin and is offering its popular Early Releases and First Releases designations. The US Mint released the […]

NGC Ancient Coins: Redefining the Biblical Widow’s Mite

NGC Ancient Coins: Redefining the Biblical Widow’s Mite

The traditional, narrow definition of the biblical Widow’s Mite is in need of revision The Biblical Widow’s Mite is among the most familiar, yet most mysterious, coins of antiquity. Truth be told, we don’t know exactly what it was. The best place to start is the New Testament, where the widow’s offering is described in […]

NGC, Stack’s Bowers Galleries Identify New California Fractional Gold Variety

NGC, Stack’s Bowers Galleries Identify New California Fractional Gold Variety

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) and Stack’s Bowers Galleries have identified a new variety of California Fractional Gold. The 1854 Octagonal California Gold Dollar was recently submitted to NGC for attribution and grading. California Fractional Gold Pieces were struck by private mints in California in order to fill a need for smaller denominations in commerce. The […]

NGC Labels for Standing Liberty 100th Anniversary Gold Coins

NGC Labels for Standing Liberty 100th Anniversary Gold Coins

NGC will offer a set of three attractive labels for the 100th anniversary .9999 fine gold Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter and Walking Liberty half dollar The US Mint has announced that it will release .9999 fine gold centennial editions of three iconic 20th-century coins: the Mercury Dime, the Standing Liberty Quarter and the Walking […]

Collecting Classic Gold Commemorative Coinage (1903-1926)

Collecting Classic Gold Commemorative Coinage (1903-1926)

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   This is a great time to collect one of the most interesting and attractive United States coins series My last article focused on classic commemorative silver coins struck from 1892 to 1954. As enumerated, there are many compelling reasons to collect this long-ignored series. Nearly […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered 1893-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered 1893-S Morgan Dollar

A Genuine 1893-S Morgan Dollar By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. What’s the first place to look when authenticating key date US coins? This month’s counterfeit detection feature answers that question by examining an altered 1893-S Morgan Dollar. When verifying the authenticity of a rare date coin, there’s a very good place to start your examination: the […]

NGC Certifies Hornets Nest Collection of Charlotte Mint Gold Coins

NGC Certifies Hornets Nest Collection of Charlotte Mint Gold Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has graded the Hornets Nest Collection, the first complete set of Charlotte Mint gold coins ever assembled. Notably, the collection includes an NGC VF 20 specimen of the legendary 1849-C Open Wreath Gold Dollar, one of the rarest United States coins. The seed of the Hornets Nest Collection was planted during […]

Collecting Classic Silver Commemorative Coinage (1892–1954)

Collecting Classic Silver Commemorative Coinage (1892–1954)

A look at this often-underrated yet highly interesting series By Jeff Garrett – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… For anyone looking for value when trying to decide what to collect, United States commemorative coinage is a great place to start. The series has been one of the biggest laggards in the last decade in relation to […]

NGC, MA-Shops Agree to Mutual Promotion

NGC, MA-Shops Agree to Mutual Promotion

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) and MA-Shops.com have announced a reciprocal marketing agreement to promote the companies to their respective customers and website visitors. The collaboration pairs the two largest and most respected companies in their categories. NGC is the world’s largest third-party coin grading service with nearly 36 million coins graded. MA-Shops® is Europe’s most […]

NGC Special Label for 2016 American Liberty Silver Medal

NGC Special Label for 2016 American Liberty Silver Medal

The eagerly anticipated 2016 American Liberty Silver Medal went on sale Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 12 noon (ET). Struck from one ounce of .999 Fine Silver, the medal features a rendition of Liberty on the obverse and an eagle design on the reverse. The maximum mintage is 12,500 pieces struck at the West Point […]

 
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