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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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 […]

NGC Certifies Brasher Doubloon Considered the Finest Known and Valued at $10 Million

NGC Certifies Brasher Doubloon Considered the Finest Known and Valued at $10 Million

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC®), [ the world’s largest third-party coin grading company, has graded and encapsulated what may be the world’s most valuable coin. Prominent numismatist Walter Perschke is the owner of the coin, which is believed to be the finest known example of the rare Brasher Doubloon. Perschke first purchased the Brasher Doubloon in […]

Counterfeit Protection: 1881-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit Protection: 1881-S Morgan Dollar

From the NGC by Max Spiegel, Numismatic Researcher on 5/15/2012 Raised areas and the incorrrect shape of the mintmark identify this 1881-S Morgan as a counterfeit. The 1881-S Morgan dollar is not a coin that you would expect to see faked. It is easily the most common date in the Morgan dollar series, and NGC has […]

World Coins: Chile 2008 50 Peso

World Coins: Chile 2008 50 Peso

From the NGC Posted by Jay Turner, NGC Grader on 5/15/2012 Some 2008 50 Peso coins were issued with Chile misspelled. In numismatics, errors and varieties are two of the most studied and collected areas in the field. Minting facilities often catch these mistakes before they are released into circulation. When missed, they can be highly collectible […]

NGC Ancients: Ancient Masterpieces — Decadrachms of Kimon and Euainetos

NGC Ancients: Ancient Masterpieces — Decadrachms of Kimon and Euainetos

Posted by Josh Illingworth NGC Ancients This month, NGC Ancients examines the series of silver decadrachms struck at Syracuse (Sicily) in the fifth to fourth centuries B.C. During the time of Dionysius I (c.405-367 BC), a beautiful series of large silver coins were introduced at Syracuse, the chief city of Sicily. They are considered to […]

NGC Grades 25 Millionth Coin

NGC Grades 25 Millionth Coin

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), a Florida-based independent coin certification and grading company, announced today it has graded 25 million coins – becoming the first grading company to reach this milestone. Mark Salzberg, chairman of NGC, considers this milestone a great triumph. “It’s remarkable to look back on the collections we’ve seen as we approached the […]

NGC Offers New Label For TOP 50 Most Popular Modern Coins

NGC Offers New Label For TOP 50 Most Popular Modern Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has created a special presentation label for coins featured in Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins. This newly released book lists the Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins in terms of popularity, scarcity and affordability. Each coin listed in the book includes a detailed history, images, statistics and a graph displaying […]

NGC Releases Chinese Modern Coin Price Guide

NGC Releases Chinese Modern Coin Price Guide

[Sarasota, Florida] – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has released an online price guide of Chinese Panda coins 1974 to date. The NGC Chinese Modern Coin Price Guide, accessible on NGC’s website, is a comprehensive free resource and includes silver, gold, platinum, palladium and bi-metallic Panda coins and medals. Values for more than 640 Panda issues are available, […]

NGC Certifies Unique Stella $4 Gold Variety

NGC Certifies Unique Stella $4 Gold Variety

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has authenticated and graded the single known example of a distinctive Stella variety as PF- 60, J-1636a. The Stella, or four-dollar gold piece, was coined solely as a series of pattern pieces dated 1879 or 1880 in two major types. Both show a left-facing bust of Liberty on the obverse and […]

NGC to Provide Coin Grading and Encapsulation Services to the EU with New Germany Location

NGC to Provide Coin Grading and Encapsulation Services to the EU with New Germany Location

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) the world leader in third-party coin grading, announced the opening of a new European branch office in Konstanz, Germany. The new location will address growing demand for NGC’s expert services throughout Europe, while offering coin dealers and collectors a faster, more efficient method to submit coins to NGC’s U.S. headquarters for […]

Goldberg’s to Auction NGC-Certified Dan Holmes Latin American Coinage

Goldberg’s to Auction NGC-Certified Dan Holmes Latin American Coinage

NGC was recently chosen to grade Holmes’s Latin American collection, which will be sold by Ira & Larry Goldberg Auctioneers. Dan Holmes is undoubtedly best known for his collection of United States Large cents, but his passion for coins extended beyond Early American coppers and into Colonial Latin American coinage. NGC was recently chosen to […]

NGC Grades Ted Williams Collection

NGC Grades Ted Williams Collection

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has announced that they have certified select coins from the Ted Williams Collection. The 91 coins were a part of the personal items of Baseball Hall of Fame member Ted Williams. Each coin is encapsulated with the pedigree Ted Williams Collection. Consisting of 78 US and 13 World coins the collection […]

Counterfeit Detection: 1911-D Quarter Eagle

Counterfeit Detection: 1911-D Quarter Eagle

by Max Spiegel, NGC Numismatic Researcher The 1911-D is the key Indian Head quarter eagle. Read about two unusual alterations and how NGC experts discovered  these two type of counterfeits. Chased Mintmark There are a number of methods used by counterfeiters to add a mintmark to a coin, but probably the crudest is called “chasing.” […]

The Year in Modern Coins, Looking Back at 2011

The Year in Modern Coins, Looking Back at 2011

Posted by Scott Schechter, NGC Vice President Scott Schechter reviews new discoveries and new issues of modern US coinage in 2011. 2011 has been a very significant year for modern US coinage. A handful of new discoveries and new issues make that statement easy to prove. Here we’ll briefly discuss these coins and consider how […]

What are Proof Coins Anyway?

What are Proof Coins Anyway?

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation – with Permission 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 […]

All Eyes Deep In The Heart of Texas – Stack’s Bowers Sale A Feast For Collectors Captures $15.6 Million!

All Eyes Deep In The Heart of Texas – Stack’s Bowers Sale A Feast For Collectors Captures $15.6 Million!

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation – with Permission As this article posts, the Houston Money Show is underway… As this article posts, the majority of nationally known dealers and ardent hobbyists will be canvassing the bourse of the 55th Money Show of the Southwest in Houston, Texas. The scene of what is ostensibly […]

The True State Of The Market

The True State Of The Market

By Jeff Garrett – Originally posted on NGC and re-posted on CoinWeek with Permission One of the most frequently asked questions in numismatics is about the state of the market… One of the most frequently asked questions in numismatics is about the state of the market. You can try to distill current conditions from the […]

Counterfeit Detection: 1870-CC Quarter

Counterfeit Detection: 1870-CC Quarter

by Max Spiegel, Numismatic Researcher  – With Permission Courtesy of 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. […]

Tetradrachms of Alexander the Great

Tetradrachms of Alexander the Great

This month, NGC Ancients examines the silver tetradrachms of Alexander III of Macedon (356–323 B.C.), better known as Alexander the Great. Throughout history, few names resonate like that of Alexander the Great. Born a son of the Macedonian King Philip II in 356 B.C., this young man was tutored in war and philosophy by some […]

NGC Announces Valuable Auction Research Tool

NGC Announces Valuable Auction Research Tool

[Sarasota, Florida] ⎯ Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) announced the release today of NGC Auction Central – a new resource that maintains auction data for NGC-certified US coins from prominent auction houses including Heritage, Stack’s Bowers, Teletrade, David Lawrence Rare Coins, and Great Collections. With this exciting new feature, both upcoming auctions and prices realized information […]

NGC-certified Chinese Rarity Tops $1 Million Mark in Hong Kong Auction

NGC-certified Chinese Rarity Tops $1 Million Mark in Hong Kong Auction

At Champion’s Hong Kong Auction 15, on August 28, 2011, a 1992 China Compass 2000 Yuan 1 Kg Gold graded NGC PF 69 Ultra Cameo realized US $1,298,000. This sale set a new world record price for a modern kilogram gold Chinese certified coin. The 2000 Yuan coin is part of a series celebrating Chinese […]

Mark Salzberg — A Passion for Collecting

Mark Salzberg — A Passion for Collecting

In an interview for Heritage Magazine, NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg shares his passion for collecting. Read the full interview by Johannes Werner, here. Certified Success From Zsolnay and Redmond to Chagall and Van Erp, NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg has extended his collecting far beyond the world of coins. Mark Salzberg has a knack for collecting […]

The Time Capsule Collection of Early Proof Sets

The Time Capsule Collection of Early Proof Sets

By Jim Bisognani – Originally Published by NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) I think that every coin collector has fantasized about going back in time… I think that every coin collector, let me rephrase that, I know that every coin collector has fantasized about going back in time to a specific year or decade and purchasing […]

NGC Offers New Label for September 11 National Medal

NGC Offers New Label for September 11 National Medal

[Sarasota, Florida] ⎯ Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has created a special presentation label for the 2011 September 11 National Medal issued by the US Mint. This attractive label is a perfect complement to the medal. The label features the obverse image of the medal with the US flag waving in the background. To submit raw […]

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