Grading

Prooflike 1857-S Double Eagle Gold Coins from the SS Central America Shipwreck

Prooflike 1857-S Double Eagle Gold Coins from the SS Central America Shipwreck

By Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek …..   The loss of SS Central America in September 1857 had a major impact on the history of the United States. Although a recession had already started in 1856, and a major insurance company failed in August, the loss of this ship caused upheaval in financial markets and exacerbated […]

Coin Grading News – NGC Vice President Ken Krah Delays Retirement

Coin Grading News – NGC Vice President Ken Krah Delays Retirement

NGC Grader Ken Krah leads a team of 20 full-time world coin graders Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is pleased to announce that Ken Krah, NGC Vice President and Grading Finalizer, has again decided to delay retirement and continue in his leadership role at NGC. Krah is highly respected by his peers for his extensive knowledge […]

Ask a Grader with Ron Drzewucki

Ask a Grader with Ron Drzewucki

Ever wondered what grading coins is like? Modern Coin Wholesale’s Ron Drzewucki gives CoinWeek the inside scoop By CoinWeek ….   Professional coin grading can be a mysterious and inscrutable process to the average collector. Take a coin, insert it into the “black box” of third-party grading, and watch it come out the other side […]

Joel Iskowitz Joins NGC Hand-Signed Labels Program

Joel Iskowitz Joins NGC Hand-Signed Labels Program

His designs have been selected for more than 50 US coins and medals Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has announced that Joel Iskowitz, a prolific designer and of coins and medals worldwide and one of the few living artists to have his artwork displayed in the US Capitol, the Pentagon and the White House, will individually […]

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 (NGC) ……   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 […]

How to Grade Coins: Lessons from American Numismatic Association’s Summer Seminar

How to Grade Coins: Lessons from American Numismatic Association’s Summer Seminar

By Connor Falk – Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC ……   Grading coins can be a difficult task. The difference between an AU-58 coin and an MS-62 coin can mean very little in terms of wear but matter greatly in value. If the coin isn’t under the right light or the grader isn’t experienced with the […]

NGC Label for American Eagle 20th Anniversary Platinum Proof Coin

NGC Label for American Eagle 20th Anniversary Platinum Proof Coin

The American Eagle 20th Anniversary Platinum Proof coin can be encapsulated with NGC’s Platinum Eagle 20th Anniversary label at no additional charge The American Eagle 20th Anniversary Platinum Proof coin went on sale July 6 by the U.S. Mint. The coin celebrates the 20th anniversary of the American Platinum Eagle, the first platinum coin ever […]

Coin Collecting Tips: Liberty Coins On A Budget

Coin Collecting Tips: Liberty Coins On A Budget

Seated, standing, walking, draped or capped — assemble a type set featuring Ms. Liberty By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor ……..   The Fourth of July — our great republic has just celebrated the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and for 225 of those years we’ve been striking coins (Gulp! […]

Eye Appeal of Coins in the Age of the Internet

Eye Appeal of Coins in the Age of the Internet

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   I’ve recently read articles on other websites about how the coin market has changed in the last few decades. Surprisingly, too few of these articles mentioned the Internet coin market; the single biggest game-changer of the past decade, certainly, and along with third-party grading probably the most important […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: US Gold 1911-D Quarter Eagle

Counterfeit Coin Detection: US Gold 1911-D Quarter Eagle

Counterfeit 1911-D Quarter Eagle By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Researcher, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   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 […]

US Paper Money & Scrip – Military Payment Certificates

US Paper Money & Scrip – Military Payment Certificates

MPCs are growing in popularity and can offer the new collector an easy and fun way to learn about numismatics US large & small size currency, Confederate notes and fractional currency are all common items that many people collect. There is, however, a small niche in the numismatic collecting community that is growing: Military Payment […]

NGC Signs Charlie Duke, Astronaut Who Walked on Moon, to Autograph Labels

NGC Signs Charlie Duke, Astronaut Who Walked on Moon, to Autograph Labels

Record-holding Apollo 16 astronaut joins NGC Authentic Hand-Signed Labels program Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has inked a deal for astronaut Charlie Duke to individually autograph NGC certification labels. Duke is one of only 12 people to have walked on the surface of the moon. As part of the Apollo 16 mission, Duke became the 10th […]

Summer Shines on Baltimore Whitman Expo

Summer Shines on Baltimore Whitman Expo

Whitman Expo – Delaware Couple Hunting Buffalos in Blue Moon; Gold in a Quagmire? By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor ……..   According to the calendar, summer is officially here! As I write this, the temperature is knocking on the upper side of 90, confirming that with a hot exclamation point. Since the season is […]

Pawn Star Rick Harrison to Sign NGC Labels

Pawn Star Rick Harrison to Sign NGC Labels

Co-owner of famous Las Vegas pawn shop is the latest to join the popular NGC Authentic Hand-Signed Labels program Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has announced that television personality Rick Harrison has agreed to individually autograph a limited number of NGC certification labels. Harrison is co-owner of the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn, in Las […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – The 1924-S Standing Liberty Quarter

Counterfeit Coin Detection – The 1924-S Standing Liberty Quarter

Counterfeit 1924-S Standing Liberty Quarter By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …..   As we’ve said in previous Counterfeit Coin Detection columns, no US coinage issue is immune from counterfeiting. Classic rarities and key dates, like the 1804 dollar and the 1916-D dime, are frequent targets of counterfeiting, but so too are more common coins. In […]

Mint Error News: Unique Certified Gold Belgium Franc Obverse Die Trial

Mint Error News: Unique Certified Gold Belgium Franc Obverse Die Trial

1904 Design Overstruck on 1903 Design By Mike Byers for Mint Error News ……   This is a unique, spectacular and dramatic Belgium Franc struck in GOLD. Below are examples of the 1903 obverse (French text) and the 1904 obverse (Dutch text), both struck in silver: It is an obverse die trial to test the […]

Collecting Proof United States Gold Coins 1821-1915

Collecting Proof United States Gold Coins 1821-1915

Proof gold coins are ideal for the few great coins collecting strategy By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   The late, great collector Ed Trompeter once stated “only real men collect Proof United States gold coins.” This chauvinistic statement would be politically incorrect in today’s world, but it does offer a glimpse […]

Legend Rare Coin Auctions June Premier Sale: Lots You Need to Know

Legend Rare Coin Auctions June Premier Sale: Lots You Need to Know

By CoinWeek …..   Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA) is offering up 178 lots of high-eye-appeal coins for bid in their June Premier Sale. Bidding ends on Thursday, June 15 at about 10PM EST. This is a Soft Close auction, where bidding is extended by another two minutes if a bid is placed on the […]

NGC Licenses Official Red Book Logo for Labels, Ken Bressett to Autograph

NGC Licenses Official Red Book Logo for Labels, Ken Bressett to Autograph

NGC has obtained the Official Red Book logo for an upcoming label series featuring the signature of Ken Bressett Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has announced that it has licensed the name and cover design of A Guide Book of United States Coins, commonly known as the Red Book, for special certification labels. A limited number […]

NGC Announces 30th Anniversary Celebratory Label

NGC Announces 30th Anniversary Celebratory Label

A special label will be available for US and modern coins for no additional fee, now through December 31, 2017 Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) was founded in 1987 to provide expert and impartial opinion of a coin’s authenticity and grade, protecting collectors and dealers from counterfeit and overgraded coins. In the 30 years since, NGC […]

CoinWeek: Let’s Grade Coins: Episode I – 4K Video

CoinWeek: Let’s Grade Coins: Episode I – 4K Video

When it comes to rare coins, condition and eye appeal can mean the difference of hundreds or thousands of dollars. In order to get the most out of your collecting dollar, you will need to study the market and hone your grading eye. In this episode of Let’s Grade Coins, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan breaks […]

US Coins – NGC Certifies New Bust Quarter Variety

US Coins – NGC Certifies New Bust Quarter Variety

1822 B-3 is a Previously Unknown Die Marriage Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an 1822 quarter dollar variety that was previously unknown to numismatists. The new discovery has been cataloged as Browning-3, adding a third variety to the two 1822 die marriages that have been sought by generations of quarter collectors. The numbering system […]

Mint Error News: PCGS Certifies Unique Two-Headed Nickel

Mint Error News: PCGS Certifies Unique Two-Headed Nickel

United States 2000-P Jefferson Nickel Struck with Two Obverse Dies, PCGS MS65 By Mike Byers for Mint Error News ……   This is the only known U.S. regular-issue coin of ANY denomination that was struck with two obverse dies (two-headed). It stands alone as a major U.S. numismatic rarity and proves that a United States […]

NGC Certified Coins – Celebrate Two U.S. Mint Engravers with Signed Two-Coin Sets

NGC Certified Coins – Celebrate Two U.S. Mint Engravers with Signed Two-Coin Sets

John Mercanti has been honored with the David Rittenhouse Award – Celebrate his achievements with signed 2-coin sets! John Mercanti is a legend in the numismatic community. While boasting dozens of coin designs, Mercanti is best-known for his heraldic eagle design on the reverse of the American Silver Eagle. He also holds the title of […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: A Morgan Dollar “Super-Fake” Revealed

Counterfeit Coin Detection: A Morgan Dollar “Super-Fake” Revealed

Counterfeit 1884-S Morgan Dollar By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   Lest you think spotting fakes is easy, take a look at this 1884-S Morgan Dollar. Each month in this column, we discuss some of the fundamentals of counterfeit detection, using counterfeit coins as illustrations. To date, the examples shown have not been deceptive. By […]

CoinWeek Submits a New Box of World Coins to WINGS + Results

CoinWeek Submits a New Box of World Coins to WINGS + Results

At the 2017 Spring Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo, CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan sat down with WINGS President Lance Tchor to review a box of 20 new coins from Charles’ collection – most of which he purchased raw and submitted for grading. Lance reviews all 20, awards WINGS stickers to a number of them, and […]

First Chinese Coins Certified by NGC Advanced Authentication Bureau in Gallery Online

First Chinese Coins Certified by NGC Advanced Authentication Bureau in Gallery Online

The coins were the first to be evaluated by the newly established NGC Advanced Chinese Authentication Bureau (ACAB), led by noted expert Chen Gi Mao Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) announced on March 9 that it certified one of just three known complete sets of 1897 Szechuan pattern coins struck by the Ferracute Machine Company of […]

Counterfeit Detection: 1963-D Roosevelt Dime with Altered Bands

Counterfeit Detection: 1963-D Roosevelt Dime with Altered Bands

Careful examination of this 1963-D Roosevelt Dime reveals an alteration to the torch By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Coins are altered in a variety of ways for a number of different reasons. Some alterations may be unintentional, such as corrosion or altered color due to improper storage. Other alterations—altered dates or added mintmarks—are attempts […]

Counterfeit Detection – Die Struck Counterfeit 1916-D Mercury Dime

Counterfeit Detection – Die Struck Counterfeit 1916-D Mercury Dime

1916-D Counterfeit Mercury Dime By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Skillful identification of counterfeit coins is essential to the hobby. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) recently received a die struck copy of an important coin that bore tooling marks, a telltale sign of counterfeit efforts. Read on for more details. It is very easy for authenticators […]

Bowker Collection Chinese Coins in the Shanghai Mint Museum

Bowker Collection Chinese Coins in the Shanghai Mint Museum

Many of the coins from the Howard Franklin Bowker Collection were graded by NGC before they were donated to the Shanghai Mint Museum The Shanghai Mint Museum was opened in 2004 to showcase the artistry and history of Chinese coins and paper money. It occupies 600 square meters of the Shanghai Mint’s facility, which was […]

 
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