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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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 […]

Coin Prices – Information and Numismatics

Coin Prices – Information and Numismatics

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   Today’s collectors  have an amazing number of tools  to establish Coin Prices when buying and selling. In the last few weeks I have been very busy preparing for the ANA World’s Fair of Money. This includes pricing all of my inventory properly for resale. Obviously, […]

Counterfeit Coins Detection – Altered Date 1815 Half Dollar

Counterfeit Coins Detection – Altered Date 1815 Half Dollar

The altered date on this half dollar imitates a true numismatic rarity. By  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   In the early part of the 19th century, the fledgling United States was in a crisis. US merchant ships were being blocked from conducting trade with mainland Europe by the British Royal Navy. This lead to serious economic […]

How Big Is the Rare Coin Counterfeiting Problem?

How Big Is the Rare Coin Counterfeiting Problem?

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   The issue of counterfeiting rare coins has been around for a very long time For years, the numismatic industry has dealt effectively with the problem of counterfeiting rare coins. You can read numismatic journals from the 19th century and realize that collectors were dealing with the problem […]

Certified World Coins – NGC Highlights in the Champion Summer Auction

Certified World Coins – NGC Highlights in the Champion Summer Auction

NGC-certified coins highlight Champion’s Summer auction, which will be held in Hong Kong on August 23 The Champion Summer Auction will be held on August 23, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong. The sale features coins from the Bowker East Asian Collection as well as items from the Chinese Family […]

NGC Highlights of Stack’s Bowers August Anaheim Auction

NGC Highlights of Stack’s Bowers August Anaheim Auction

NGC-certified world coins highlight Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ official auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money The Stack’s Bowers auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money will be held August 9-13, 2016, in Anaheim California. It features a number of exceptional NGC-certified world coins. Below is a list of highlights: U.S. Coins & Medals […]

NGC: Free Mercanti & Moy Signed Portraits at Anaheim ANA Show

NGC: Free Mercanti & Moy Signed Portraits at Anaheim ANA Show

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has announced that visitors to the ANA World’s Fair of Money in August will have the opportunity to meet John M. Mercanti, the 12th US Mint Chief Engraver, and Edmund C. Moy, the 38th US Mint Director, at its booth during select times. Mercanti and Moy will also sign a limited […]

NGC: Officially Licensed MLB™ Holder, Club Labels Available Limited Time Only

NGC: Officially Licensed MLB™ Holder, Club Labels Available Limited Time Only

NGC’s officially licensed holder and MLB club labels are available for a limited time Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has been granted exclusive rights by Major League Baseball Properties (MLBP) to holder coins with certification labels featuring the logos of the MLB clubs. NGC is the only grading company authorized to use the MLB club logos. […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1900-S $5 Half Eagle

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1900-S $5 Half Eagle

This Middle Eastern counterfeit coin lacks the details of a genuine 1900-S Half Eagle. By  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   When we think of counterfeiting in the coin market today, we imagine deceitful people attempting to pass off a fake as genuine to a dealer or collector based on its numismatic value. This wasn’t always […]

NGC Ancient Roman Coins: The Golden Age of Rome

NGC Ancient Roman Coins: The Golden Age of Rome

Perhaps no epoch in history has been so admired as the Roman Empire of the 2nd Century CE. The Emperors are depicted on these ancient Roman coins. During this time, Romans achieved a balance of political stability and economic and intellectual success that had never before existed Ancient Roman Coins Rome’s Golden Age is famously […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Authenticating The 1909-S VDB Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Authenticating The 1909-S VDB Cent

By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation … ……   Altered and counterfeit 1909-S VDB cents are quite common. Examining several key features can help you avoid counterfeit coins. The 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent is one of the most famous United States coins, both as a genuine coins and as a counterfeit coin. Its status as a first-year […]

World Coins – NGC Grades Most Valuable English Coin 1344 Double Leopard

World Coins – NGC Grades Most Valuable English Coin 1344 Double Leopard

1344 Edward III “Double Leopard” NGC has graded a rare “Double Leopard” that recently sold privately for the highest price ever paid for an English coin Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified a 1344 Edward III “Double Leopard” that recently sold privately for the highest price ever paid for an English coin. Graded NGC MS […]

Collect Chinese Olympic Games Coins, Add Enjoyment to World’s Top Athletic Contests

Collect Chinese Olympic Games Coins, Add Enjoyment to World’s Top Athletic Contests

By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   As the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Brazil approach, this is a good time to prepare for the festivities. Calisthenics? Running or swimming? How about some numismatic activity? Let’s review some of China’s coin contributions to the Summer Games. After the reform of China’s economic […]

NGC, Heritage, Congressman Mike Castle Agree to Exclusive Signature Label Deal

NGC, Heritage, Congressman Mike Castle Agree to Exclusive Signature Label Deal

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) and Heritage Auctions have announced that the Honorable Mike Castle has agreed to hand-sign NGC labels exclusively for the companies. Castle, a former Governor of Delaware and longtime member of the US House of Representatives, is directly responsible for some of the most important and popular modern US coins. While in […]

Classic US Coins – NGC Certified McClure Collection Tops Estimates

Classic US Coins – NGC Certified McClure Collection Tops Estimates

The Rev. Dr. James Gore King McClure Collection certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) achieved strong prices in virtually all categories when it was sold at Heritage Auctions’ June 8-13 Long Beach sale. Assembled from the 1860s to the 1930s, the Rev. Dr. McClure Collection was kept intact from 1932 until its recent sale. Considered […]

From the NGC Grading Room: 1964 Lincoln Cent Struck on Coin of India

From the NGC Grading Room: 1964 Lincoln Cent Struck on Coin of India

NGC Graders share an intriguing and visually dramatic error coin that was recently submitted for certification Among the various types of error coins that exist, one of the most coveted are coins overstruck on foreign coins from other countries. At a glance, these coins look so unusual or different from typical coins, they immediately invite […]

Grading & Certification – NGC Grades 35 Millionth Coin

Grading & Certification – NGC Grades 35 Millionth Coin

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has become the first third-party coin grading service to grade 35,000,000 coins. NGC has long been the world’s largest third-party grading service, a position that reflects the preference that more collectors and dealers have for NGC-graded coins. This preference is largely the result of NGC’s commitment to accuracy, consistency and integrity, […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1878 Shield Nickel – The Kissing Thief

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1878 Shield Nickel – The Kissing Thief

Counterfeit coin – 1878 Shield Nickel This proof 1878 Shield Nickel looks pretty at first glance, but a more careful evaluation reveals that it’s a fake. The old saying, “When a thief kisses you, count your teeth,” can be applied to the world of business in many useful ways. And when it comes to counterfeit […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered Date 1856 Flying Eagle Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered Date 1856 Flying Eagle Cent

Genuine 1856 Flying Eagle Cent By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   NGC graders find an altered-date 1856 Flying Eagle cent and explain what to avoid. The 1856 Flying Eagle cent is an important and highly collectible issue because of its status as the first Small Cent. Large Cents, which had been struck […]

 
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