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NGC Releases Enhanced Census  and US Coin Price Guide

NGC Releases Enhanced Census and US Coin Price Guide

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has launched a new and dramatically improved Census and US Coin Price Guide. Utilizing the latest technologies, the enhanced NGC Census and NGC US Coin Price Guide are faster and easier to use than ever before and now resize seamlessly across all devices including smartphones and tablets. Both resources are available […]

World Coin Profile – Canadian 1992 $15 Commemorative Special Gold striking

World Coin Profile – Canadian 1992 $15 Commemorative Special Gold striking

Royal Canadian Mint – 1992 Spirit of the Generations $15 Proof struck in Gold In the latest issue of MintErrorNews, one of the rarest, most expensive and spectacular Canadian coins was highlighted on the cover. This special striking in gold of a proof commemorative coin was unknown to the numismatic community and was just certified […]

By February 5, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
PCGS Giving Away 30 Morgan Dollars in 30 Days

PCGS Giving Away 30 Morgan Dollars in 30 Days

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is turning 30, and as part of the celebration PCGS will be giving away 30 Morgan silver dollars over 30 days. “It’s easy and free to enter online, and 30 people will win Mint State examples of one of America’s most popular coin series, the Morgan dollar,” said PCGS President […]

By February 3, 2016 3 Comments Read More →
Coin Grading – NGC Inks Exclusive Signature Label Agreement with Former Perth Mint Director Ed Harbuz

Coin Grading – NGC Inks Exclusive Signature Label Agreement with Former Perth Mint Director Ed Harbuz

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) and Miroslaw Edward “Ed” Harbuz have signed an agreement for Harbuz to individually hand-sign certification labels exclusively for NGC. Harbuz holds the distinction of being the only person in history to have served as director of mints in two different countries. From 1995 to 2001 Harbuz served as Managing Director of […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dime

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dime

Counterfeit 1795 Half Dime Reverse By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Counterfeit half dimes are not particularly common, but NGC graders recently identified a fake 1795 half dime submission. The minuscule half dime was struck from 1794 to 1873, although many also include the pattern 1792 half disme—the first coin struck under […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1872 Seated Liberty Silver Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1872 Seated Liberty Silver Dollar

Counterfeit 1872 Seated Liberty Dollar By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. Rough texture and minuscule raised dots within the recesses are clues that this 1872 Seated Liberty Dollar is a counterfeit. The 1872 Seated Liberty Dollar had the highest mintage of any coin in the series with just over 1.1 million pieces struck. […]

PCGS Offering Distinctive, Special Coin Holder Labels For Long Beach Expo Submissions

PCGS Offering Distinctive, Special Coin Holder Labels For Long Beach Expo Submissions

To mark the 30th anniversary of Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) on February 3, 2016, PCGS will offer a collection of distinctive commemorative insert labels for coins submitted at the February 4 – 6 Long Beach Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com). “PCGS shares its 30th anniversary with the United States Mint’s popular American Eagle bullion coins program. Since […]

By January 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1891 Double Eagle US Gold Coin

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1891 Double Eagle US Gold Coin

Counterfeit 1891 Double Eagle By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   NGC graders identified an 1891-S Double Eagle with a removed mintmark. Because most alterations involve added, not removed, mintmarks, this coin might easily fool unsuspecting collectors. The California Gold Rush created an immediate need for a mint to turn the recovered gold dust […]

New NGC Labels in Wide Release

New NGC Labels in Wide Release

By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has expanded the use of larger labels to virtually all regular (non-bulk) and on-site submissions of US, world and ancient coins. Late last year NGC introduced new, large-size labels for select series of coins. These labels allowed NGC to significantly increase the font size, making it easier […]

CoinWeek IQ: EAC Grading Demystified: MS-60 to MS-70 – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ: EAC Grading Demystified: MS-60 to MS-70 – 4K Video

For many collectors, the idea of a separate grading system for early copper coins can seem daunting and unfamiliar. CoinWeek met up with Bill Eckberg, EAC President and co-author of the EAC’s Grading Guide for Early American Copper Coins, to find out what considerations a coin has to have to meet the criteria for EAC’s […]

Coin Shows – February 2016 Long Beach Expo Offers Free Appraisals, Exhibits And Coin Grading Specials

Coin Shows – February 2016 Long Beach Expo Offers Free Appraisals, Exhibits And Coin Grading Specials

The February 4 – 6, 2016 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Professional Coin Grading Service with special exhibits, contests and discounts on PCGS crossover certification services. “Another exciting show is in the works,” said Long Beach Expo President Cassi East. “We’re encouraging the public to […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1908-S Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1908-S Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit 1908-S Indian Head Cent By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   The grading room was recently presented with a 1908-S Indian Head Cent for certification. The 1908-S cent had the third-lowest mintage in the Indian Head cent series with 1,115,000 pieces struck. The first of only two San Francisco Mint Indian Head […]

World Coins – NGC Certifies Extremely Rare Crown

World Coins – NGC Certifies Extremely Rare Crown

1809 Bank of Guernsey 5S Bishop de Jersey & Co Graded NGC AU 58 by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… A collector recently submitted a rare 1809 Bank of Guernsey 5 Shilling, which was graded NGC AU 58. The 1809 Bank of Guernsey 5 Shilling Token (or Crown—the British name for a 5 Shilling silver coin) […]

Coin Grading – Popular Crossover Special to be offered by PCGS At February 2016 Long Beach Expo

Coin Grading – Popular Crossover Special to be offered by PCGS At February 2016 Long Beach Expo

Professional Coin Grading Service will again offer a special opportunity for its popular “crossover” service at the February 4 – 6, 2016 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo. The usual crossover grading fee will be reduced to only $10 on coins submitted at the show that do not qualify to be placed […]

By January 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Podcast #12: PCGS Celebrates 30 Years – Audio: 12:27

CoinWeek Podcast #12: PCGS Celebrates 30 Years – Audio: 12:27

In this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast, CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan caught up with PCGS President Don Willis at the 61st Florida United Numismatists Convention in Tampa, Florida. The two discussed PCGS’ 30th Anniversary, changes in the rare coin market, the battle against counterfeit coins, and how technology is shaping the future of the hobby. […]

By January 10, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
PCGS Retro Label, FREE CoinFacts Part of 30th Anniversary Announcement

PCGS Retro Label, FREE CoinFacts Part of 30th Anniversary Announcement

As part of a year-long 30th anniversary celebration, Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) (www.PCGS.com) has unveiled an impressive array of products and services to assist and benefit collectors and dealers. They include ending the annual $149 subscription fee to now make the popular www.PCGSCoinFacts.com website free to everyone; new developments for the PCGS Restoration Service; […]

By January 8, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Auction Results –  Top 5 Silver Eagles sold in the Heritage FUN sale

Coin Auction Results – Top 5 Silver Eagles sold in the Heritage FUN sale

At the Heritage FUN sale, that is continuing in Tampa, we already have a number of auction results for Silver Eagles that may be of interest to collectors of the series, and to those that follow the CoinWeek Silver Eagle Price Guide 1990 Silver Eagle, MS70 – The Sole Finest at PCGS – Registry Set […]

By January 8, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Grading – Why CAC matters in today’s era of slabbed coins

Coin Grading – Why CAC matters in today’s era of slabbed coins

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc ….   Over the last 30 years, the coin market has changed dramatically. Initially this market was primarily for collectors who built sets as a hobby – there were no grading services and very few auctions where coins sold for six figures, let […]

New PCGS VP Excited About Modern Coins and Planned 2016 U.S. Mint Commem Program

New PCGS VP Excited About Modern Coins and Planned 2016 U.S. Mint Commem Program

The United States Mint’s plans for creation of gold coins in 2016 based on classic silver coin designs issued a century earlier could spark a resurgence in the popularity of modern commemoratives, according to Mark Stephenson, Vice President of Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com). “2016 is looking like it will be a bounce back year […]

By January 5, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit 1903-S Morgan Silver Dollar By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   The raised lumps and lines on this 1903-S Morgan Dollar are signs of counterfeit production. The Morgan Dollar is one of the most popular coins with collectors, and it’s not hard to see why. Silver dollars have a certain nostalgic appeal […]

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 […]

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 […]

CoinWeek Podcast #8: 40 Years Since U.S. Bicentennial Coins First Hit Pocket Change – Audio: 11:11

CoinWeek Podcast #8: 40 Years Since U.S. Bicentennial Coins First Hit Pocket Change – Audio: 11:11

The CoinWeek Podcast is proudly sponsored by Professional Coin Grading Service. Visit www.pcgs.com to give the gift of collecting. It’s been 40 years since U.S. Bicentennial coins found their way into the channels of commerce. Have you seen a 1776-1976 Bicentennial quarter in change lately? How about a Bicentennial half dollar or dollar? In this […]

By December 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
American Silver Eagle Year-End Market Wrap-Up: The 1990s

American Silver Eagle Year-End Market Wrap-Up: The 1990s

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek IQ….   Hi folks, and welcome to the latest installment of CoinWeek’s American Silver Eagle Price Guide Analysis. In this article, we cover Proof and Bullion Silver Eagles from 1990-1999 certified by NGC and PCGS. Our analysis of Silver Eagles from the 1980s can be found here. You […]

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 […]

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 […]

PCGS Launches 30th Anniversary with Historic Sample Slab Display at FUN

PCGS Launches 30th Anniversary with Historic Sample Slab Display at FUN

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) will launch a year-long 30th anniversary celebration at the upcoming 2016 Florida United Numismatists (FUN) convention by turning back the clock to display an assortment of more than 120 different, promotional sample “slabs” issued by the company since its founding in 1986. While supplies last, PCGS will also be giving […]

By December 8, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
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 has since […]

 
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