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Error Is Human, Pt. 1: Certifiable U.S. Paper Money Errors

Error Is Human, Pt. 1: Certifiable U.S. Paper Money Errors

Part I of a two part series discussing the US errors that Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) will recognize, grade and encapsulate. By Jay H. Recher – Paper Money Guaranty Corporation….   Errors happen. That’s just part of life. Even the best of us occasionally make a mistake. The following are examples of the Bureau of […]

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 […]

The Upside of Escudos

The Upside of Escudos

By: Lance Tchor & Larry Michelson – WINGS™ Coins, LLC A gold coin speaks volumes about a nation’s history and culture… and at a price collectors easily can afford. This month, we continue our little excursion into the realm of the gold escudo. In the last installment, we pointed out the differences between the original cross-and-shield escudo, initially struck in 1566, […]

By October 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

1921 Morgan Silver Dollar Authenticated as Zerbe Proof

1921 Morgan Silver Dollar Authenticated as Zerbe Proof

Coin in ANA collection authenticated by NGC A 1921 Morgan silver dollar owned by the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and used in a course at the 2015 Summer Seminar recently was identified as a “Zerbe Proof.” Summer Seminar instructors Michael S. Fey, John Baumgart and Isaac Wallie noticed distinguishing marks on the coin. The trio, […]

Coin Profiles – Unique and Unusual Numismatic Items – Electrotype 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS

Coin Profiles – Unique and Unusual Numismatic Items – Electrotype 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek ……… A new type of the 1804 Dollar, which is often referred to as “The King of American Coins,” was certified by PCGS at the 2011 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. This is an historic electrotype copy of the unique “Class II” specimen of the 1804 […]

By October 11, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
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 […]

Beyond Plastic:  It’s What’s Inside (the Holder) That Counts

Beyond Plastic: It’s What’s Inside (the Holder) That Counts

By Bruce Smith, Senior Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company….   There was a time when collectors in the market simply bought a coin based upon its slab. Those days are over, and collectors should be glad they are What many people outside of the numismatic profession don’t understand is how much […]

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 […]

NGC Retro Holder Program Is Back by Popular Demand!

NGC Retro Holder Program Is Back by Popular Demand!

NGC’s popular black Retro Holder will be available for select US coins from October 1 to December 31 while supplies last. Starting October 1, 2015, NGC will again offer its popular black Retro Holder and black label for the following US coins: Silver Eagles, Gold Eagles, Gold Buffaloes, Presidential Dollars, Sacagawea Dollars as well as […]

The Art of Grading Peace Dollars

The Art of Grading Peace Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   As a professional coin grader for most of my career, I can tell you that for as complex as the Morgan dollar is – and it is – the Peace dollar really takes the cake for being a difficult coin to grade. It’s not that graders […]

By September 21, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
Introduction to Global Numismatics

Introduction to Global Numismatics

By: Lance Tchor & Larry Michelson – WINGS™ Coins, LLC When embarking on a collection of world coins, it’s important to establish a budget and a game plan. Collecting world coins can teach you much about global culture, history, politics and art. Welcome to the first installment of this bimonthly column about collecting world coins. Our goal is to […]

By September 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
NGC Grades 1,000,000 Chinese Coins

NGC Grades 1,000,000 Chinese Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has become the first third-party coin grading service to grade 1,000,000 Chinese coins. This important milestone was reached during NGC’s recent on-site grading event at its office in Shanghai, China. NGC has had a presence in China since 2008 when it opened an Official Submission Center in Guangzhou, becoming the first […]

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, 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 […]

Error Coins – NGC Grades Dramatic 1986 Silver Eagle Error

Error Coins – NGC Grades Dramatic 1986 Silver Eagle Error

A rare and prominent mint error was identified on a 1986 Silver Eagle that was found in a Mint-sealed box. NGC graders recently discovered a rare struck through mint error on a 1986 Silver Eagle. The coin was found in a Mint-sealed “monster box” of 500 coins. 1986 was the first year of the Silver […]

Coin Market Strong – Three Major Sales In September

Coin Market Strong – Three Major Sales In September

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. 20th century type targeted by collectors; Indian Cents and Buffalo Nickels on the move; Wholesale trading brisk I really don’t know if some unknown nefarious force is tinkering with Mother Nature’s time machine—I can’t believe that as we go to press, we are ready to enjoy Labor Day […]

By September 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875-S Trade Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875-S Trade Dollar

Counterfeit 1875-S Trade Dollar By Max Spiegel, NGC….   One of the most extensively counterfeited United States issues is the Trade Dollar. Recently, one was submitted to NGC that exhibited a number of the telltale signs of a fake. Trade Dollars are one of the most extensively counterfeited United States issues, and fakes are received […]

New Collectors.com Lets You Quickly Find $1 Billion Of Coins, Banknotes And Other Collectibles

New Collectors.com Lets You Quickly Find $1 Billion Of Coins, Banknotes And Other Collectibles

Imagine the convenience of finding every coin, banknote or other collectible item you want that is currently available for sale online, all in one place. That place now is Collectors.com, a new, one-stop website that instantly provides information on the availability of more than nine million collectibles currently offered for sale. “This is a fantastic […]

Multi-Million Dollar Displays, Educational Seminars Highlight September 2015 Long Beach Expo

Multi-Million Dollar Displays, Educational Seminars Highlight September 2015 Long Beach Expo

Multi-million dollar displays of rare U.S. pattern coins and high-grade early date large cents exhibited for the first time on the West Coast, along with educational seminars, grading contests and more than 500 dealers buying and selling will highlight the next Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com). The show will be […]

By August 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Charles Morgan Submits Modern Coins to QA Check and Gets His Results! – VIDEO: 17:47.

Charles Morgan Submits Modern Coins to QA Check and Gets His Results! – VIDEO: 17:47.

James Sego & Michael Ellis, QA Check, Interviewer: Charles Morgan, CoinWeek.com. The Modern certified coin marketplace has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years. In this exclusive video, CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan has QA Check, a company that sticker’s solid quality certified modern coins, evaluate 20 coins from his personal collection in order […]

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 NGC ….. As we’ve said in previous Counterfeit 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 fact, virtually every classic US […]

NGC, NCS and PMG Appoint New  Japan Official Submission Center

NGC, NCS and PMG Appoint New Japan Official Submission Center

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®), Numismatic Conservation Services® (NCS®) and Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) have announced that World Coins Japan Co., Ltd., has been appointed an Official Submission Center to the companies in Japan. NGC, NCS and PMG are independent members of the Certified Collectibles Group® (CCG®). Located in Tokyo, World Coins Japan, is one 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 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 that, we mean […]

Three Distinguished Numismatists Added  To PCGS CoinFacts™ Coin Dealer Hall of Fame

Three Distinguished Numismatists Added To PCGS CoinFacts™ Coin Dealer Hall of Fame

The PCGS CoinFacts™ Coin Dealer Hall of Fame has inducted three more renowned members. The dealers now added to the prestigious list are Édouard Frossard (1837 – 1899), Harry J. Forman (1924 – 2008) and John “JD” Dannreuther (born in 1948). The induction ceremony was part of the PCGS Set Registry luncheon on August 14, […]

By August 14, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Grading – NGC Modifies Vintage Chinese and Russian Coin Policy

Coin Grading – NGC Modifies Vintage Chinese and Russian Coin Policy

NGC’s expanded research capabilities and grading staff allow for improved coin policy. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has announced that vintage Chinese and Russian coins may now be submitted under any NGC grading tier provided they meet that tier’s requirements. Previously, certain vintage Chinese and Russian silver, gold and platinum coins had to be submitted under […]

NGC Ancients Grades Possibly Unique Roman Gold Medallion

NGC Ancients Grades Possibly Unique Roman Gold Medallion

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has graded an important large-sized gold medallion of the Roman Emperor Constantine I (307-337 CE) that many believe to be unique. One of the most famous Roman Emperors, Constantine I is often called “the Great” for his many achievements during his three decades in power. He is particularly well known for […]

 
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