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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Newly Identified Contemporary Counterfeit 1894-O Morgan Dollar

Newly Identified Contemporary Counterfeit 1894-O Morgan Dollar

Posted by Ben Wengel, NGC Grader and Attributor NGC’s discovery is the first reported counterfeit example of this date. Recently, an 1894-O Morgan Dollar was examined in an invoice at NGC that was proven to be an unreported contemporary counterfeit. Despite being a well circulated piece, there were several distinct problems with the coin that […]

Chinese Pandas: The Proof is in The Panda

Chinese Pandas: The Proof is in The Panda

Posted by Peter Anthony on 5/10/2016 Proof Panda coins — available in silver, gold, platinum, palladium and even brass — offer many set-building options. Many collectors consider proof coins to be the ultimate expressions of numismatic art. Panda coins offer a wide range of proofs for collectors. In fact, many were only released as proofs. […]

NGC Rev. Dr. James Gore King McClure Coin Collection Image Gallery

NGC Rev. Dr. James Gore King McClure Coin Collection Image Gallery

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has created an online image gallery for the Rev. Dr. James Gore King McClure Coin Collection, a fascinating assemblage of coins, tokens and medals collected between the 1860s and 1930s. The collection, which is entirely certified by NGC, will be offered by Heritage Auctions as part of its June 8-13, 2016, […]

US Coin Album –  Steel This Cent

US Coin Album – Steel This Cent

By David W. Lange – Research Director, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   A number of years ago, I purchased a strip of webbing for 1943 steel cents. “Webbing” is the US Mint’s term for punched-out planchet strips. When a strip of coin metal is run through the punching press it comes out with a […]

Medals & Tokens – US Mint Allegience Medal

Medals & Tokens – US Mint Allegience Medal

In response to several US Mint facilities joining the Confederacy, Mint Director James Pollack asked all US Mint employees to swear an oath to the Constitution. In honor of this oath, commemorative medals were struck with dies fashioned by the famous engraver Anthony C. Paquet. Abraham Lincoln was sworn in as the 16th President of […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 2014-W Proof Gold Eagle

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 2014-W Proof Gold Eagle

Counterfeit 2014-W Proof Gold Eagle by Paul Sandler, NGC Grader/Researcher Look closely at these modern coins before you buy. A careful examination of the details can reveal a counterfeit. NGC recently received a coin that was purportedly a 2014-W Proof Gold Eagle. Many collectors might assume that modern coins are not counterfeited and they, therefore, […]

NGC Ancient Coins: Celtic Copycats

NGC Ancient Coins: Celtic Copycats

Celtic coins are cultural artifacts to be considered in the scheme of ancient European history The artistry of ancient Celtic coins is easy to dismiss as unsophisticated and crude, especially in comparison to the Greek and Roman coins after which oftentimes they were modeled. And while Celtic coins aren’t to everyone’s liking – perhaps they […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Fake $5 Indian Lacks Details

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Fake $5 Indian Lacks Details

Reverse of a Denver Mint Indian Half Eagle By  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   The missing details on this $5 Indian reveal it to be counterfeit. One common technique used by authenticators is to assess a coin’s level of detail. This can be done simply by visual inspection with the aid of a low-power magnifier. […]

World Coins –  A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Chinese Gold Panda Coins

World Coins – A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Chinese Gold Panda Coins

1988 China 1 oz Gold Panda BU By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   There are many ways to collect Gold Pandas. A look at current NGC Registry sets may help get you started. Perhaps no series of modern Chinese coins is more important and more misunderstood than Chinese Gold Pandas. Many people […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Fake $5 Indian Half Eagle with “Stock Reverse”

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Fake $5 Indian Half Eagle with “Stock Reverse”

Counterfeit 1915-S $5 Indian Gold Half Eagle / stock reverse By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   NGC receives countless fakes struck from stock dies. Many counterfeits, especially gold coins, were struck from stock dies, which were reused on multiple issues. A counterfeiter saved time and money by using one die, such as […]

Exonumia News – NGC Certifies Miguel Blay Fabrega Gold Award Medal

Exonumia News – NGC Certifies Miguel Blay Fabrega Gold Award Medal

This exquisite gold medal serves as a testament to Fabrega’s talent as well as a unique piece of Spanish numismatic and artistic history Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has certified a rare and interesting Spanish National Exhibition of Fine Arts gold medal awarded to the famous Catalonian artist Miguel Blay Fábrega. Born in 1866, Fábrega is […]

Counterfeit Gold Coin Detection –  1907-S $10 Gold Eagle with Arabic Punch

Counterfeit Gold Coin Detection – 1907-S $10 Gold Eagle with Arabic Punch

Counterfeit 1907-S Gold $10 Eagle By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   NGC recently received a counterfeit gold coin submission of a 1907-S Eagle that had an Arabic punch. Most collectors associate chopmarks with the short-lived Trade Dollar series, which circulated extensively throughout Southeast Asia. Many merchants chopmarked the coins to show that […]

NCS Conservation: Treating PVC Residue

NCS Conservation: Treating PVC Residue

Residue caused by PVC holders can often be safely removed by NCS conservation. If left untreated, this residue can permanently damage a coin’s surfaces. The phrase “PVC residue” can strike fear into the heart of any numismatist. While such residue is a major concern, not all hope is lost when a coin has been contaminated. […]

World Coins – NGC Certifies Extremely Rare Chinese Gold Coin

World Coins – NGC Certifies Extremely Rare Chinese Gold Coin

(1917) Yunnan $10 gold coin Posted by Jay Turner  for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. An extremely rare Chinese (1917) Yunnan $10 gold coin was recently submitted to NGC. The first step for a grader is to ascertain the authenticity of the coin in hand. However, when NGC has never seen an authentic example of that coin […]

Coin Grading – Special NGC Coin Labels for 100th Anniversary Gold Coins

Coin Grading – Special NGC Coin Labels for 100th Anniversary Gold Coins

NGC will offer a set of three attractive labels for the highly anticipated 100th anniversary 0.9999 fine gold Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter and Walking Liberty half dollar. The gold dime goes on sale April 21. The US Mint has announced that it will release .9999 fine gold centennial editions of three iconic 20th century […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection –  1861-D Gold Dollar – Added Mintmark

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1861-D Gold Dollar – Added Mintmark

Genuine 1861-D gold dollar By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   NGC graders were surprised to see an 1861-D gold dollar with an added mintmark. There are a few key dates where you frequently encounter added mintmarks. The 1916-D Mercury dime is easily the most common, but other coins such as the 1909-S […]

Coin Grading – New Norman Rockwell Labels from NGC

Coin Grading – New Norman Rockwell Labels from NGC

Offered exclusively for NGC Collectors Society members, these Norman Rockwell labels are available only until June 30 or while supplies last Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has created two special certification labels featuring portraits by the famous American illustrator Norman Rockwell. These labels show Rockwell’s portraits of presidents John F. Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower, which […]

US Modern Coins – 2016-W Mercury Dime Debuts

US Modern Coins – 2016-W Mercury Dime Debuts

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   At first glance the 2016-W Mercury Dime coins are very invocative of the classic 1916-D Mercury Dime. The coins will be nearly the exact size of the vintage Mercury Dime and contain 1/10 oz. of .9999 fine (24 karat) gold. To my complete surprise when walking […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1922 No D Lincoln Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1922 No D Lincoln Cent

Counterfeit 1922 No D Lincoln cent By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   The 1922 No D Lincoln cent has long been popular with counterfeiters but rarely do they go to the trouble of making dies. As a well known rarity, the 1922 No D Lincoln cent has been the target of counterfeiters […]

Coin Grading – NGC Baltimore Show Designation for Proof 2016-W Buffalo Gold $50

Coin Grading – NGC Baltimore Show Designation for Proof 2016-W Buffalo Gold $50

NGC will offer several designations for qualifying 2016-W Gold Buffalo $50 coins, including a special BALTIMORE SHOW RELEASES designation See other coins eligible for the BALTIMORE SHOW RELEASES designation The US Mint has confirmed that the Proof 2016-W Buffalo Gold $50 will be released on the first day (March 31) of the Whitman Baltimore Expo. […]

Modern Coins – A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Chinese Silver Panda Coins

Modern Coins – A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Chinese Silver Panda Coins

2013 Chinese Silver Panda By Peter Anthony – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   A look at how others collect Chinese Panda coins may help you get your own collection started. A walk through one of China’s coin markets will reveal an amazing number of different types of Panda coins. On one shelf you can find […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel

Counterfeit 1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel By Max Spiegel, NGC Numismatic Researcher ………..   Altered Date and Added Mintmark – The 1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel is often altered, but diagnostics can aid in finding the counterfeits. There are some coins that are often faked outright–i.e., with cast or struck counterfeits–and there are other coins that are frequently altered […]

Ancient Coins – The Greek and Roman Coin Collection of Alexandre Carathéodory Pasha (1833–1906)

Ancient Coins – The Greek and Roman Coin Collection of Alexandre Carathéodory Pasha (1833–1906)

by David Vagi, Director of NGC Ancients ………. The ancient coins in the Alexandre Carathéodory collection were mainly Greek and Roman issues. Alexandre Carathéodory Pasha, a towering figure of the 19th Century Ottoman Empire, was introduced to the study of ancient coins in 1878, by chance, while serving the Ottomans as a diplomat in Berlin. While […]

US Coin Auctions – Heritage ANA Signature Sale Claims $8 Million

US Coin Auctions – Heritage ANA Signature Sale Claims $8 Million

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……..   Proof Barbers Power To Record Levels; Colorful Razor Sharp Coins Hot; Collector Coins Hot Property; Metal Markets Heat Up. The just-concluded ANA National Money Show in Dallas, Texas, was a fine opportunity for both collectors and dealers to meet, deal, trade and assess the present state […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1942/41 Mercury Dime Overdate

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1942/41 Mercury Dime Overdate

By Paul Sandler, NGC Grader/Researcher …… Altered dates and outright counterfeits are the two most common types of fake 1942/41 Mercury Dimes.   The 1942/41 Mercury Dime from the Philadelphia Mint is one of the most well-known overdates on any US coin. Although the variety was first discovered and announced in 1943, very few Mint State […]

World Coin Grading – NGC Certifies Rare Modern Venezuelan Pattern

World Coin Grading – NGC Certifies Rare Modern Venezuelan Pattern

The only Venezuela 1989 bimetallic 20 Bolivares pattern certified by NGC thus far has been graded MS 66. By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……..   During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Venezuela was unable to produce sufficient circulation issue coinage at its mint in Caracas so the country needed to rely on foreign mints for […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1880 Shield Nickel

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1880 Shield Nickel

Counterfeit 1880 Shield Nickel By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Even with only a quick glance, a number of problems with this counterfeit Shield Nickel are obvious. The first nickel five cent pieces were struck in 1866 and there have been relatively few key dates issued in the nearly 150 years since. […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – The Top 10 Most Common Counterfeit US Coins

Counterfeit Coin Detection – The Top 10 Most Common Counterfeit US Coins

The World’s Most Commonly Counterfeited Coin: The 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent. By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….   A list of the counterfeit US coins most often seen by NGC. NGC has graded more than 33 million coins since it was founded in 1987. Although most of the coins it receives are genuine, […]

Rare Coin Market Presents Great Buying Opportunities For Collectors

Rare Coin Market Presents Great Buying Opportunities For Collectors

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Heritage Long Beach Sale Reels In $8.3 Million; My 5th Anniversary With Weekly Rare Coin Market Report. Here we are in the midst of winter 2016, another doozy too weather-wise. At least the venerable ground hog Punxsutawney Phil is predicting an early spring. I’m not sure […]

Early American Gold Coins “Regulated” by Brasher Certified by NGC

Early American Gold Coins “Regulated” by Brasher Certified by NGC

Regulated Chile 1751So J 8 Escudos with a clip that reduced the weight to 26.358 grams and the denomination to $15. The coin was then stamped by Ephraim Brasher. NGC has graded it NGC AU 53. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified a group of rare six “regulated” gold coins, five of which were handled […]

 
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