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 – 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 […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1896-S Barber Quarter

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1896-S Barber Quarter

Counterfeit 1896-S Barber Quarter By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   The distinctive reed marks on Liberty’s neck help make this fake more recognizable. The Barber Quarter series has several low mintage key dates: the 1896-S, 1901-S and 1913-S are scarce in all grades and rare in higher grades. Of the three the […]

NGC Certifies First World Gold Coin Pattern Ever Struck by United States Mint

NGC Certifies First World Gold Coin Pattern Ever Struck by United States Mint

1855 MB Peru 2P Gold Pattern NGC graders have certified a rare 1855 Peruvian Gold Pattern 2 Peso struck at the Philadelphia Mint. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has graded an 1855 Peruvian Pattern 2 Peso in gold that was the first pattern struck by the United States Mint for a foreign country. “Patterns” are sample […]

Classic U.S. Coins – NGC Discovers Extremely Rare Dime

Classic U.S. Coins – NGC Discovers Extremely Rare Dime

1796 JR-7 Variety is the Finer of Just Two Known Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an extremely rare 1796 dime. A routine submission of early Bust silver coins, which included a well worn 1796 dime, for attribution under NGC’s VarietyPlus® service has furnished numismatics with its second-known example of a previously unique die marriage. […]

NGC Releases Enhanced Census  and US Coin Price Guide

NGC Releases Enhanced Census and US Coin Price Guide

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® – NGC® has launched a new and dramatically improved Census and US Coin Price Guide. Utilizing the latest technologies, the enhanced NGC Census and NGC US Coin Price Guide are faster and easier to use than ever before and now resize seamlessly across all devices including smartphones and tablets. Both resources are […]

Coin Grading – NGC Inks Exclusive Signature Label Agreement with Former Perth Mint Director Ed Harbuz

Coin Grading – NGC Inks Exclusive Signature Label Agreement with Former Perth Mint Director Ed Harbuz

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) and Miroslaw Edward “Ed” Harbuz have signed an agreement for Harbuz to individually hand-sign certification labels exclusively for NGC. Harbuz holds the distinction of being the only person in history to have served as director of mints in two different countries. From 1995 to 2001 Harbuz served as Managing Director of […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dime

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dime

Counterfeit 1795 Half Dime Reverse By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Counterfeit half dimes are not particularly common, but NGC graders recently identified a fake 1795 half dime submission. The minuscule half dime was struck from 1794 to 1873, although many also include the pattern 1792 half disme—the first coin struck under […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1872 Seated Liberty Silver Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1872 Seated Liberty Silver Dollar

Counterfeit 1872 Seated Liberty Dollar By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. Rough texture and minuscule raised dots within the recesses are clues that this 1872 Seated Liberty Dollar is a counterfeit. The 1872 Seated Liberty Dollar had the highest mintage of any coin in the series with just over 1.1 million pieces struck. […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1891 Double Eagle US Gold Coin

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1891 Double Eagle US Gold Coin

Counterfeit 1891 Double Eagle By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   NGC graders identified an 1891-S Double Eagle with a removed mintmark. Because most alterations involve added, not removed, mintmarks, this coin might easily fool unsuspecting collectors. The California Gold Rush created an immediate need for a mint to turn the recovered gold dust […]

New NGC Labels in Wide Release

New NGC Labels in Wide Release

By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has expanded the use of larger labels to virtually all regular (non-bulk) and on-site submissions of US, world and ancient coins. Late last year NGC introduced new, large-size labels for select series of coins. These labels allowed NGC to significantly increase the font size, making it easier […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1908-S Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1908-S Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit 1908-S Indian Head Cent By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   The grading room was recently presented with a 1908-S Indian Head Cent for certification. The 1908-S cent had the third-lowest mintage in the Indian Head cent series with 1,115,000 pieces struck. The first of only two San Francisco Mint Indian Head […]

World Coins – NGC Certifies Extremely Rare Crown

World Coins – NGC Certifies Extremely Rare Crown

1809 Bank of Guernsey 5S Bishop de Jersey & Co Graded NGC AU 58 by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… A collector recently submitted a rare 1809 Bank of Guernsey 5 Shilling, which was graded NGC AU 58. The 1809 Bank of Guernsey 5 Shilling Token (or Crown—the British name for a 5 Shilling silver coin) […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit 1903-S Morgan Silver Dollar By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   The raised lumps and lines on this 1903-S Morgan Dollar are signs of counterfeit production. The Morgan Dollar is one of the most popular coins with collectors, and it’s not hard to see why. Silver dollars have a certain nostalgic appeal […]

What are Proof Coins Anyway?

What are Proof Coins Anyway?

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Two of the most basic terms that anyone new to numismatics needs to understand are Business Strike and Proof. Business strike coins are those made by the mint for general circulation. Proof coins are the numismatic delicacies struck for collectors each year. In general, business strike coins […]

Ancients Coins – Collecting the Seven Wonders of the World

Ancients Coins – Collecting the Seven Wonders of the World

The Lighthouse of Alexandria By Julia Rich, Director, NGC Ancients…. A numismatic grand tour of some of the most important — and mysterious — ancient monuments. What can coins tell us about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? In collecting ancient coins, there are countless avenues to explore. One can curate an impressive collection […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – the 1928 Peace Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – the 1928 Peace Dollar

Counterfeit 1928 Peace Dollar By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Researcher  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC)….   Since so many counterfeit 1928 Peace Dollars are, in fact, altered 1923 coins, it is particularly useful to know the diagnostics that are seen on legitimate examples. The 1928 Peace Dollar had the lowest mintage of any issue in this […]

2015 Year In Review- Insights, Market Analysis From Numismatic Notables

2015 Year In Review- Insights, Market Analysis From Numismatic Notables

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Holiday Collecting Memories – What’s in store for 2016? As this article posts, Christmas Eve 2015 is at hand! I can’t help but wax nostalgic about this great season. This time of year never gets old for me and each passing Christmas season rekindles eternal youth. I […]

NGC Certifies Rare Moroccan Gold Coin

NGC Certifies Rare Moroccan Gold Coin

NGC graders have certified a rare 1787 Moroccan 10 Mithquals. The Morocco AH1201 (1787 AD) 10 Mithquals (or 10 Riyals) coin is a rarity with great historical significance. With an estimated ten surviving examples (and only a few of these available for private ownership), this coin is highly coveted by collectors. The coin’s design features […]

US Coins – Collecting Southern American Gold Coins

US Coins – Collecting Southern American Gold Coins

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   The first gold rush that took place in the early 1830s in the American South resulted in the establishment of three new mints and a series of impressive gold coins. Contrary to popular belief, the first significant discovery of gold in America was not in California in […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1802 Draped Bust Silver Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1802 Draped Bust Silver Dollar

Counterfeit 1802 Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Reverse Silver Dollar By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……… This spurious 1802 dollar is a good example of a typical counterfeit Bust Dollar seen by NGC graders. The Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Reverse silver dollar was introduced in 1798 as an update to the Small Eagle Reverse […]

NGC Signs Coin Designer and Ex US Mint Chief Engraver  John M. Mercanti to Exclusive  Signature Label Deal

NGC Signs Coin Designer and Ex US Mint Chief Engraver John M. Mercanti to Exclusive Signature Label Deal

John M. Mercanti, the 12th Chief Engraver of the US Mint, has agreed to individually hand sign certification labels exclusively for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®). The most famous US coin engraver of the modern era, Mercanti is best known as the designer of the reverse of the extremely popular American Silver Eagle coin. Mercanti was […]

Celebrate Chinese New Year with NGC Red & Gold Display Boxes

Celebrate Chinese New Year with NGC Red & Gold Display Boxes

NGC Red & Gold Display Boxes Available Now! Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has created attractive red and gold NGC Display Boxes in celebration of Chinese New Year. The boxes are sold by Certified Collectibles Group (CCG), an independent affiliate of NGC, for $10 each (plus applicable shipping fees and tax). Red and gold are the […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1879 Double Eagle US Gold

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1879 Double Eagle US Gold

Counterfeit 1879 Double Eagle By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ………   A repeat depression helps NGC graders identify a counterfeit 1879 Double Eagle. Every United States coin features the date it was issued on the obverse side. The mintmark, on the other hand, is virtually always on the reverse, although there are some […]

Former Mint Director Edmund C. Moy to Autograph NGC Labels Under Exclusive Agreement

Former Mint Director Edmund C. Moy to Autograph NGC Labels Under Exclusive Agreement

by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. Exclusive Agreement has former Mint Director Edmund C. Moy now signing labels for NGC Edmund C. Moy, the 38th Director of the US Mint, will individually autograph labels for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) under an exclusive arrangement. Moy served from 2006 to 2011 as Mint Director, a position which has since […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1861 Type 2 US Gold Quarter Eagle

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1861 Type 2 US Gold Quarter Eagle

Counterfeit 1861 Type 2 Quarter Eagle By Max Spiegel, NGC ……… Raised lumps of metal and lack of detail are red flags on this 1861 Type 2 Quarter Eagle. NGC graders recently evaluated a submission of US gold pieces that included a counterfeit 1861 Type 2 Quarter Eagle with several diagnostics frequently seen on a variety […]

 
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