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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New Orleans Jazzed Up For Numismatics: Stack’s Bowers Claims Nearly $7 Million

New Orleans Jazzed Up For Numismatics: Stack’s Bowers Claims Nearly $7 Million

by Jim Bisognani- NGC Weekly Market Report As I made my journey from Boston to New Orleans to attend the ANA Spring National Money Show the excitement and fervor which surrounds the numismatic world was as palpable as the oppressive dew points that greeted me in the Bayou state’s host city airport. As I boarded the […]

Coin Collecting Strategies: Cherry Picking

Coin Collecting Strategies: Cherry Picking

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the NGC Weekly Market Report ….. Nearly every series offers something for the cherry picking specialist. There are few things in coin collecting as exciting as making a numismatic discovery. I started to think about this subject last week when I purchased a collection of Large Cents dated 1793-1857. The […]

NGC Ancients: Exaggerated Portraits on Roman Coinage

NGC Ancients: Exaggerated Portraits on Roman Coinage

Posted by Josh Illingworth, NGC Ancients Throughout the course of Roman history, a vast number of rulers and other members of the elite classes appeared on the coinage of the realm. Some of these portraits were strikingly rendered and stand as masterpieces of ancient art. A particularly interesting field of study within this genre is portraits that […]

CSNS Coin Show A Barn Burner For Numismatics

CSNS Coin Show A Barn Burner For Numismatics

by Jim Bisognani for NGC …… Heritage Triple Crown In Illinois Captures $68 Million! Finest Known NGC 1796 Dollar and 1852 Humbert $10 Each Gain Entry to Million Dollar Club! As a dynamic and exciting month of April winds down, numismatic icons are at the center of media outlets’ attention; gold and silver have been […]

NGC Security Image Archive Now Includes 7 Million Coins

NGC Security Image Archive Now Includes 7 Million Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) announced that its online certification verification database includes images for more than 7 million NGC-certified coins. Accessible for free through the “Verify NGC Certification” tool on the NGC website (www.ngccoin.com) and the NGC mobile website (m.ngccoin.com), as well as the NGC Coin Details smartphone app, these images show the obverse and […]

Over The Rainbow : Collectors have a deep appreciation for coins with attractive, original toning.

Over The Rainbow : Collectors have a deep appreciation for coins with attractive, original toning.

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the NGC Weekly Market Report ….. Someone once said, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This sublime statement has become a reality in the rare coin business. Toned coins are now extremely collectible and highly sought after. When I first bought and sold rare coins a few decades […]

Collecting Southern US Gold Coins

Collecting Southern US Gold Coins

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the NGC Weekly Market Report ….. The Southern gold coin series is filled with wonderful coins from a part of American history that many find fascinating. I have been buying and selling coins for over 35 years. One of my early mentors was the late, great coin dealer, Jack Hancock. […]

NGC US Coin Price Guide Adds Values for Plus (+) Grades

NGC US Coin Price Guide Adds Values for Plus (+) Grades

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has announced that its free online NGC US Coin Price Guide now features values for plus (+) grades. The NGC US Coin Price Guide is the most comprehensive and accurate online coin value guide with nearly 149,000 distinct values for over 6,000 US coins. It is available on the NGC website, […]

Exploring US Proof Coinage with Jeff Garrett

Exploring US Proof Coinage with Jeff Garrett

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. The US Mint has been striking what are universally considered Proof coins since at least 1817. As most of you know, Proof coins are made for collectors and in most cases are distinctly different in appearance to coins made for circulation. The […]

Baltimore On Deck – Stack’s Bowers Sales Feature Strong Line Up

Baltimore On Deck – Stack’s Bowers Sales Feature Strong Line Up

by Jim Bisognani for NGC …… High Grade Saints & World Gold Targeted. Lower Gold Spot Has Rejuvenated Collectors – Rare Black NGC Slab Scheduled For Auction On St. Patty’s Day. March certainly came roaring in throughout the country. In fact, on three out of the four previous weekends we have had major snowstorms visit […]

NGC Certifies Important Coin Rarities from the Collection of Eric P. Newman

NGC Certifies Important Coin Rarities from the Collection of Eric P. Newman

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has been chosen by the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (EPNNES) to grade and encapsulate selected rarities from the immense collection of numismatic legend Eric P. Newman. These coins will be sold by Heritage Auctions at the April convention of the Central States Numismatic Society in Schaumburg, Illinois. The proceeds […]

Southern California Auctions Pull in Nearly $30 Million; Numismatics Heard from the Rooftops

Southern California Auctions Pull in Nearly $30 Million; Numismatics Heard from the Rooftops

by Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report …. Supply and demand still dictates pricing – “it’s the biggest purchase I’ve made that I can’t live in or doesn’t have wheels” An early February visit to the Golden State has confirmed that the rare coin market remains focused and highly energized. A pair of […]

NGC Certifies Unstruck Planchet for 1793 Half Cents

NGC Certifies Unstruck Planchet for 1793 Half Cents

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an unstruck planchet for 1793 Half Cents. Among the most unusual items ever seen by NGC, this recently submitted copper planchet for half cents was never struck with dies yet displays a perfectly lettered edge. This is entirely possible, as the edge lettering was applied first in a separate […]

Stack’s Bowers Americana Sale Tops $27 million

Stack’s Bowers Americana Sale Tops $27 million

by Jim Bisognani for NGC …….. Coin Collecting Is No Longer Just A “Hobby”; NGC Half Disme Joins Million Dollar Club; Long Beach Expo Underway Well the first month is in the books for 2013 and what an eventful January it was! Already over $100 million in rare coin sales have been generated through public auction. […]

Numismatic Research and Pricing in Today’s World

Numismatic Research and Pricing in Today’s World

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. A generation ago, basic numismatic research for most serious collectors consisted of checking prices in the latest edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins (the “Red Book”). I remember a time in the 1970s when coin dealers would not even […]

Things to Remember About Rare Coin Auctions

Things to Remember About Rare Coin Auctions

by Jeff Garrett from the NGC Weekly Market Report …….. Jeff Garrett shares his knowledge and expertise regarding bidding at rare coin auctions such as the upcoming FUN Heritage Auction. If you’ve never attended a rare coin auction or you need a refresher on how to prepare, read on for his excellent advice. As I […]

NGC chairman Mark Salzberg reflects on NGC’s last 25 years and his career in numismatics

NGC chairman Mark Salzberg reflects on NGC’s last 25 years and his career in numismatics

Dear NGC Community: This year was NGC’s 25th anniversary and, as we pass this important milestone, I reflect upon the roots of NGC and my lifelong career in numismatics. In 1979 I attended my first ANA convention in St. Louis as an employee of Randy Block, owner of Raab Rare Coins in Flemington, New Jersey. […]

The Legacy of Alexander the Great  and Silver Tetradrachms of Azes:  NGC Ancients

The Legacy of Alexander the Great and Silver Tetradrachms of Azes: NGC Ancients

Posted by David Vagi, Director of NGC Ancients …. Demand for “exotic” ancient coins has increased sharply in the last decade. One especially popular type is a silver tetradrachm of the Indo-Scythian King Azes. Samples of this coin and a variety of other ancient coins are being featured in a special eBay event. The Macedonian […]

NGC Attends The Beijing International Coin Expo

NGC Attends The Beijing International Coin Expo

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation™ (NGC®) and its China submission center, Guangzhou National Standard Numismatic Grading Company, attended the Beijing International Coin Expo held on November 2-4 at the China World Trade Center in Beijing, China. Numismatic Conservation Services™ (NCS®), and Paper Money Guaranty™ (PMG®) were also represented at the show. NGC, NCS and PMG are members […]

How Do We Grow The ‘Numismatic’ Hobby?

How Do We Grow The ‘Numismatic’ Hobby?

By Jeff Garrett  with Permission from NGC ……. The story of numismatics is compelling and we all need to do a better job spreading the word. During the just completed convention in Dallas the ANA Board of Governors conducted a weekend strategic planning meeting. Many topics were discussed on how to make the ANA better […]

Are Coin Shows on the Decline?

Are Coin Shows on the Decline?

by Jeff Garrett  with Permission from NGC ……… Despite all of these headwinds, most coin shows are generally in good health. As a member of the board of governors for the American Numismatic Association, one of the prime responsibilities is to make decisions about ANA conventions. That is no small task given the size and […]

US & World Rare Coin Market Remains Extremely Competitive

US & World Rare Coin Market Remains Extremely Competitive

by Jim Bisognani – Reposted with Permission from NGC For the first time since a rather stormy reception in February 2010, it was actually raining during set up at the Long Beach Expo. Although it was unusually wet for Southern California, it did not deter the mission at hand. On opening day, there was considerable […]

How Big Is The Rare Coin Counterfeiting Problem?

How Big Is The Rare Coin Counterfeiting Problem?

by Jeff Garrett  posted on Numismatic Guaranty Corporation The issue of counterfeit coins has been around for a very long time. For years, the numismatic industry has dealt effectively with the problem of counterfeit rare coins. Just to be clear, the issue of counterfeit coins has been around for a very long time. You can […]

NGC Offers Limited-Edition Retro Holders

NGC Offers Limited-Edition Retro Holders

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation™ (NGC®), is offering a stunning limited-edition NGC Retro Holder and special label. The unique limited-edition NGC Retro Holder and special label have been made available due to popular demand and will only be offered for a limited time. Not since they were issued for a brief time in 1987 has […]

World Coin Profiles: Panama 1904 2-1/2 Centesimos

World Coin Profiles: Panama 1904 2-1/2 Centesimos

by Jay Turner, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation The Panama 1904 2-1/2 Centesimos weighed in at 1.25 grams and measured a tiny 10 millimeters. What is the smallest coin ever struck by the United States government? While the United States has produced coins for over 40 countries, the smallest to date is the Panama 1904 2-1/2 Centesimos. Measuring […]

NGC® Recognizes Reeded Edge Half Varieties New book prompts renewed popularity in shortlived series

NGC® Recognizes Reeded Edge Half Varieties New book prompts renewed popularity in shortlived series

[Sarasota, Florida] – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC®), www.NGCcoin.com, has begun attributing the Capped Bust Reeded Edge Half Dollar series by Graham (GR) Numbers per the newly-published book describing and illustrating each die marriage for this series. These varieties will be included under NGC’s VarietyPlus Service, an adjunct to its grading and encapsulation services. Author Dick Graham’s book A […]

What Is Your Risk Tolerance?

What Is Your Risk Tolerance?

By Jeff Garrett with Permission from Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… As with any investment, coin collectors should weigh the upside and the downside of any purchase. Whenever someone sits down with a financial consultant to make investments, one of the first questions they might be asked is “What is your tolerance for risk?” This […]

NGC Ancients: Shekels and Half-Shekels of Tyre – A Brief Survey

NGC Ancients: Shekels and Half-Shekels of Tyre – A Brief Survey

By Josh Illingworth — NGC Ancients ……. NGC Ancients examines the silver Shekels and Half-Shekels of Tyre, some of the most recognizable coins of the ancient world. Though shekels were struck during the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. by several rulers of Tyre, a city of ancient Phoenicia, the most important type was struck for almost […]

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation™ (NGC®) Releases First Mobile App: NGC Coin Details

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation™ (NGC®) Releases First Mobile App: NGC Coin Details

[Sarasota, Florida] – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC®),  the world’s largest third-party coin grading company, has released its first mobile phone application. NGC Coin Details is the most comprehensive app available to coin enthusiasts, offering verification of NGC-certified coins with additional details pulled from key tools in the NGC Research suite. App users start by scanning […]

NGC Announces Spectacular Exhibits at the 2012 ANA’s World’s Fair of Money

NGC Announces Spectacular Exhibits at the 2012 ANA’s World’s Fair of Money

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC®) Announces Upcoming Display of Brasher Doubloon and Others at ANA’s World’s Fair of Money Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC®) will be unveiling a remarkable display of rare and important coins and medals at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia, Pa., August 7 – 11, 2012. The most anticipated […]

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