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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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 […]

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 […]

NGC Ancients – Masterpieces of Kimon and Euainetos

NGC Ancients – Masterpieces of Kimon and Euainetos

Classic example of a decadrachm with Euainetos-signed dies. By Josh Illingworth, NGC Ancients ………   NGC Ancients examines the series of silver decadrachms struck at Syracuse (Sicily) in the fifth to fourth centuries BCE During the time of Dionysius I (c. 405-367 BCE), a beautiful series of large silver coins were introduced at Syracuse, the chief […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1883 Seated Liberty Half Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1883 Seated Liberty Half Dollar

Counterfeit coin – 1883 Seated Half Dollar By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……… A counterfeit 1883 half dollar features a large number of raised lumps in the fields and throughout the design elements. The United States Mint shifted its attention from half dollars to the Morgan Dollar after its launch in 1878. As […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Chinese Counterfeit 1800 Draped Bust Dime

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Chinese Counterfeit 1800 Draped Bust Dime

Counterfeit 1800 Draped Bust Dime By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……… Spurious 1800 Draped Bust Dimes are now starting to be seen more often. Draped Bust Dimes, struck 1796 to 1807, had fairly low mintages although emissions did increase with the 1806 and 1807 issues. The 1800-dated Draped Bust Dime had a mintage […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Fake 1885-CC Morgan Dollar in Fake GSA Holder

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Fake 1885-CC Morgan Dollar in Fake GSA Holder

Counterfeit Coin –  1885-CC Morgan Dollar By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……… At first glance, the counterfeit coin GSA holder looks similar to a genuine one. The fake 1885-CC Morgan Dollar, however, is far more obvious. Recent reports have identified counterfeit coin GSA holders with counterfeit Carson City Morgan Dollars inside. Last month […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: Australia 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection: Australia 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Dollar

Counterfeit Australia 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Dollar By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……… The popularity of lunar coins has grown of late, making the coins an excellent target for counterfeiters. Lunar coins have become very popular in recent years with coins struck annually to commemorate the Chinese Zodiac, a calendar that […]

NGC Certifies Rare World Gold Coin from India – George VI Jaipur Nazarana Mohur

NGC Certifies Rare World Gold Coin from India – George VI Jaipur Nazarana Mohur

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an extremely rare India-Jaipur 1945 Year 24 Nazarana Mohur. It has been graded NGC MS 64. Issued by Jaipur in India in 1945, this Nazarana Mohur is struck in gold from the silver Nazarana Rupee dies. A “nazarana” is a presentation issue. Nazaranas were struck in limited numbers and […]

Morgan Silver Dollars – Is the 1896-O VAM-22 Morgan Dollar Wrongly Condemned?

Morgan Silver Dollars – Is the 1896-O VAM-22 Morgan Dollar Wrongly Condemned?

1896-O VAM-22 Morgan Dollar by Ben Wengel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……… Thought to be counterfeit when first discovered, a new case has emerged that coins struck from this die pair were indeed produced by the US Mint in New Orleans. When it was first added to the VAM listings [?] in 2008, the 1896-O […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1904 Gold $20 Double Eagle

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1904 Gold $20 Double Eagle

Counterfeit 1904 Double Eagle By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……… This counterfeit 1904 Double Eagle specimen exhibits relatively sharp design details, and its composition is virtually identical to that of a legitimate specimen. United States gold coins have been extensively counterfeited for decades and fakes are known for virtually all dates, even the […]

Chinese Panda Coins-  A Weighty Decision

Chinese Panda Coins- A Weighty Decision

All 2016 brilliant uncirculated Chinese Panda coins will be issued in metric weights. By Peter Anthony for the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. 2016 begins a new era for Panda coins. The old weight system of troy ounces will be replaced by the metric system of grams, the standard system of weights used in the People’s Republic […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875 Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875 Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit 1875 Indian Head Cent By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ………………   Many Chinese counterfeits are made from dies that are not directly copied from genuine examples, therefore many of the details are incorrect. Cents have long been the target of counterfeiters because of the numerous key dates and the popularity of this […]

Miles Standish Joins NGC

Miles Standish Joins NGC

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is pleased to welcome Michael “Miles” Standish, a prominent numismatist, coin grader and industry innovator. As an NGC vice president, Standish’s responsibilities will include oversight of NGC’s widely popular modern and bulk submission programs. Standish has been a professional numismatist for more than three decades and most recently served as Senior […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1921-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1921-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar

Counterfeit 1921-D Half Dollar by Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……………… he numerous abrasions were copied from a genuine specimen and will appear on all other counterfeits made from this pair of dies. The 1921-D boasts the lowest mintage in the Walking Liberty half dollar series with just 208,000 pieces struck. In low circulated […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection:   US Gold 1892 Half Eagle

Counterfeit Coin Detection: US Gold 1892 Half Eagle

Counterfeit 1892 Half Eagle by Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……………… Many counterfeit US gold coins originated in the 1960s and 1970s in the Middle East. The 1892 Half Eagle is a relatively common issue with a mintage of 753,480 pieces. This date can easily be located in circulated grades through MS 62, the […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Key Date 1870-CC Quarter

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Key Date 1870-CC Quarter

Counterfeit 1870-CC Quarter by Max Spiegel, Numismatic Researcher  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation The 1870-CC is the key to the Seated Liberty quarter series. Read about the counterfeit that was submitted and how our experts recognized it. One of the most interesting fakes that NGC has received in the past year was an 1870-CC quarter. The […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – The 1972 Doubled Die Lincoln Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – The 1972 Doubled Die Lincoln Cent

GENUINE 1972 Double Die Cent – courtesy of Heritage Auctions. By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Researcher, NGC…. NGC recently received a fake 1972 Doubled Die Cent, which is not something that we see often. There are a handful of varieties that are regularly seen faked, including the Philadelphia and Denver 1942/41 Mercury Dimes, the 1955 Doubled […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1882 $3 US Gold Coin

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1882 $3 US Gold Coin

Counterfeit 1882 Three Dollar Gold By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Researcher, NGC….   On the Omega three dollar coins, the counterfeiter’s signature can be seen within the loop of the R in LIBERTY. Three dollar gold pieces are often overlooked by collectors despite having an unusual denomination and a plethora of low mintage issues. Minted from […]

NGC Identifies Major New Doubled Die for the 1873 Nickel

NGC Identifies Major New Doubled Die for the 1873 Nickel

A previously unknown variety has been found on an 1873 Shield Nickel. Posted by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation An 1873 Shield Nickel recently submitted to NGC for grading and variety attribution features very bold doubling on its obverse, and this coin turned out to be a previously unknown variety. Most design elements of the obverse display […]

Ancient Coins –  Another New Roman Coin Type Discovered by NGC Ancients

Ancient Coins – Another New Roman Coin Type Discovered by NGC Ancients

NGC Ancients has certified a previously unknown denarius of Nerva By David Vagi, Director, NGC Ancients ……   About two years ago NGC Ancients shared the discovery of a new type of silver denarius of Hadrian, who ruled the Roman Empire from 117 to 138 CE. That coin had been submitted for grading and we […]

Counterfeit Coins Detection:  California Fractional Gold

Counterfeit Coins Detection: California Fractional Gold

  Period Three back-dated BG-1301A listed in California Pioneer Fractional Gold by Max Spiegel, NGC Numismatic Researcher A few helpful tips can make sure you never get fooled by these sometimes deceptive fantasy pieces. California Fractional Gold is an interesting and historically significant series that includes more than 500 varieties. During the California Gold Rush […]

 
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