Tag: Numismatic Guaranty Corporation

Newly Identified Contemporary Counterfeit 1894-O Morgan Dollar

Newly Identified Contemporary Counterfeit 1894-O Morgan Dollar

Posted by Ben Wengel, NGC Grader and Attributor on 5/10/2016 NGC’s discovery is the first reported counterfeit example of this date. Recently, an 1894-O Morgan Dollar was examined in an invoice at NGC that was proven to be an unreported contemporary counterfeit. Despite being a well circulated piece, there were several distinct problems with the […]

Chinese Pandas: The Proof is in The Panda

Chinese Pandas: The Proof is in The Panda

Posted by Peter Anthony on 5/10/2016 Proof Panda coins — available in silver, gold, platinum, palladium and even brass — offer many set-building options. Many collectors consider proof coins to be the ultimate expressions of numismatic art. Panda coins offer a wide range of proofs for collectors. In fact, many were only released as proofs. […]

NGC Rev. Dr. James Gore King McClure Coin Collection Image Gallery

NGC Rev. Dr. James Gore King McClure Coin Collection Image Gallery

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has created an online image gallery for the Rev. Dr. James Gore King McClure Coin Collection, a fascinating assemblage of coins, tokens and medals collected between the 1860s and 1930s. The collection, which is entirely certified by NGC, will be offered by Heritage Auctions as part of its June 8-13, 2016, […]

US Coin Album –  Steel This Cent

US Coin Album – Steel This Cent

By David W. Lange – Research Director, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   A number of years ago, I purchased a strip of webbing for 1943 steel cents. “Webbing” is the US Mint’s term for punched-out planchet strips. When a strip of coin metal is run through the punching press it comes out with a […]

Medals & Tokens – US Mint Allegience Medal

Medals & Tokens – US Mint Allegience Medal

In response to several US Mint facilities joining the Confederacy, Mint Director James Pollack asked all US Mint employees to swear an oath to the Constitution. In honor of this oath, commemorative medals were struck with dies fashioned by the famous engraver Anthony C. Paquet. Abraham Lincoln was sworn in as the 16th President of […]

Buying and Selling Coins – Understanding Market Liquidity

Buying and Selling Coins – Understanding Market Liquidity

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   When deciding what to collect, market liquidity should be carefully considered. Over the past several years I have discussed many ways to collect rare coins. Most collectors choose a series and make every effort to buy as many as possible. For decades the concept of […]

Coin Auctions – CSNS Mixed, Heritage Sale Tops $22.7 Million

Coin Auctions – CSNS Mixed, Heritage Sale Tops $22.7 Million

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… Reports from dealers and attendees fresh from the just-concluded 77th edition of the CSNS convention in Schaumburg, Illinois, offered up a divided consensus as to market strength and or direction. A vest pocket dealer from the neighboring Hoosier State of Indiana proclaimed that he is a “bourse […]

NGC Ancient Coins: Celtic Copycats

NGC Ancient Coins: Celtic Copycats

Celtic coins are cultural artifacts to be considered in the scheme of ancient European history The artistry of ancient Celtic coins is easy to dismiss as unsophisticated and crude, especially in comparison to the Greek and Roman coins after which oftentimes they were modeled. And while Celtic coins aren’t to everyone’s liking – perhaps they […]

Grading Paper Money – PMG at Las Vegas Numismatic Society

Grading Paper Money – PMG at Las Vegas Numismatic Society

Both US and world currency submissions will be accepted at the Las Vegas Numismatic Society, May 12 – 14, 2016 at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) will be accepting regular submissions for all service levels during the show. All submissions will be sent to our office in […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Fake $5 Indian Lacks Details

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Fake $5 Indian Lacks Details

Reverse of a Denver Mint Indian Half Eagle By  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   The missing details on this $5 Indian reveal it to be counterfeit. One common technique used by authenticators is to assess a coin’s level of detail. This can be done simply by visual inspection with the aid of a low-power magnifier. […]

Coin Collecting – How Long Should You Hold Your Collection?

Coin Collecting – How Long Should You Hold Your Collection?

Being in a rush when buying or selling coins will lead to poor results. One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from collectors is about how long to hold before selling. This seems like a simple question, but the answer can be much more involved. Nearly all collectors pursue numismatics because they enjoy […]

Consumer Alert – Use Caution to Avoid Gold, Silver Counterfeits Advises Professional Numismatists Guild

Consumer Alert – Use Caution to Avoid Gold, Silver Counterfeits Advises Professional Numismatists Guild

Beware of counterfeit vintage rare coins and fake modern gold and silver bullion items now being offered in the marketplace. Purchase only from reputable dealers, cautions the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG). The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the country’s top numismatic experts. Counterfeit 2012-dated American Eagle $50 denomination one-ounce gold bullion […]

World Coins –  A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Chinese Gold Panda Coins

World Coins – A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Chinese Gold Panda Coins

1988 China 1 oz Gold Panda BU By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   There are many ways to collect Gold Pandas. A look at current NGC Registry sets may help get you started. Perhaps no series of modern Chinese coins is more important and more misunderstood than Chinese Gold Pandas. Many people […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Fake $5 Indian Half Eagle with “Stock Reverse”

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Fake $5 Indian Half Eagle with “Stock Reverse”

Counterfeit 1915-S $5 Indian Gold Half Eagle / stock reverse By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   NGC receives countless fakes struck from stock dies. Many counterfeits, especially gold coins, were struck from stock dies, which were reused on multiple issues. A counterfeiter saved time and money by using one die, such as […]

Top 5 Modern Coins at Legend Regency Auction XVII

Top 5 Modern Coins at Legend Regency Auction XVII

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek …….   The upcoming Legend Regency Auction XVII that will be held at Harrah’s in New Orleans offers a robust array of 472 lots, most of which consist of classic U.S. copper, silver, and gold coins from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The May 19, 2016 auction will also […]

Rare Gold Coins under $5000 each, Part 9: ‘No Motto’ Liberty Head ($5 Gold) Half Eagles

Rare Gold Coins under $5000 each, Part 9: ‘No Motto’ Liberty Head ($5 Gold) Half Eagles

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #328 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…….. Liberty Head half eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins) were minted from 1839 to 1908. The ‘No Motto’ type dates from 1839 to 1866. For less than $5000 per coin, a collector may build a […]

The Vast Influence of the East India Company and Their Rare 1835 Gold Mohur

The Vast Influence of the East India Company and Their Rare 1835 Gold Mohur

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com ……   On December 31, 1600, Queen Elizabeth (later the first) of England bestowed a Royal Charter upon the East India Company. Its original mission was to expand Great Britain’s trade with Asia, and India in particular. It was first financed by about 200 British businessmen and merchants […]

NCS Conservation: Treating PVC Residue

NCS Conservation: Treating PVC Residue

Residue caused by PVC holders can often be safely removed by NCS conservation. If left untreated, this residue can permanently damage a coin’s surfaces. The phrase “PVC residue” can strike fear into the heart of any numismatist. While such residue is a major concern, not all hope is lost when a coin has been contaminated. […]

Coin Grading – Special NGC Coin Labels for 100th Anniversary Gold Coins

Coin Grading – Special NGC Coin Labels for 100th Anniversary Gold Coins

NGC will offer a set of three attractive labels for the highly anticipated 100th anniversary 0.9999 fine gold Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter and Walking Liberty half dollar. The gold dime goes on sale April 21. The US Mint has announced that it will release .9999 fine gold centennial editions of three iconic 20th century […]

Coin Shows – Chicago, The Springtime Mecca of the Coin Community at CICF and CSNS

Coin Shows – Chicago, The Springtime Mecca of the Coin Community at CICF and CSNS

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   CSNS bound collectors hot on the trail for Liberty Seated Type and Walkers; Metals continue surge. This is a busy and, dare I say, very taxing time of the year. On one hand, we have the long-reaching hand of the IRS commanding our somewhat reluctant yet […]

American Numismatic Association Launches Membership Drive

American Numismatic Association Launches Membership Drive

Encapsulated ANA 125th Anniversary Silver Eagle Premium Offered Collectors who have been on the fence about joining the American Numismatic Association (ANA) now have an additional reason to sign up. The ANA is offering a limited-edition Mint State (MS)-69 American Silver Eagle for new members who join at the Platinum level. The Silver Eagle premium, […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection –  1861-D Gold Dollar – Added Mintmark

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1861-D Gold Dollar – Added Mintmark

Genuine 1861-D gold dollar By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   NGC graders were surprised to see an 1861-D gold dollar with an added mintmark. There are a few key dates where you frequently encounter added mintmarks. The 1916-D Mercury dime is easily the most common, but other coins such as the 1909-S […]

Coin Grading – New Norman Rockwell Labels from NGC

Coin Grading – New Norman Rockwell Labels from NGC

Offered exclusively for NGC Collectors Society members, these Norman Rockwell labels are available only until June 30 or while supplies last Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has created two special certification labels featuring portraits by the famous American illustrator Norman Rockwell. These labels show Rockwell’s portraits of presidents John F. Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower, which […]

US Modern Coins – 2016-W Mercury Dime Debuts

US Modern Coins – 2016-W Mercury Dime Debuts

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   At first glance the 2016-W Mercury Dime coins are very invocative of the classic 1916-D Mercury Dime. The coins will be nearly the exact size of the vintage Mercury Dime and contain 1/10 oz. of .9999 fine (24 karat) gold. To my complete surprise when walking […]

US Coins – Baltimore Whitman Expo & Stack’s Bowers Auction Underway

US Coins – Baltimore Whitman Expo & Stack’s Bowers Auction Underway

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……..   70th Anniversary Roosevelt Dimes offer variety and value. Golden nostalgia ahead in 2016. As winter slowly relinquishes its grip, and most of the country is enjoying the transition to spring, New England (it seems) is always a naysayer. I woke up the first full day of […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1922 No D Lincoln Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1922 No D Lincoln Cent

Counterfeit 1922 No D Lincoln cent By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   The 1922 No D Lincoln cent has long been popular with counterfeiters but rarely do they go to the trouble of making dies. As a well known rarity, the 1922 No D Lincoln cent has been the target of counterfeiters […]

Modern Coins – A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Chinese Silver Panda Coins

Modern Coins – A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Chinese Silver Panda Coins

2013 Chinese Silver Panda By Peter Anthony – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   A look at how others collect Chinese Panda coins may help you get your own collection started. A walk through one of China’s coin markets will reveal an amazing number of different types of Panda coins. On one shelf you can find […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel

Counterfeit 1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel By Max Spiegel, NGC Numismatic Researcher ………..   Altered Date and Added Mintmark – The 1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel is often altered, but diagnostics can aid in finding the counterfeits. There are some coins that are often faked outright–i.e., with cast or struck counterfeits–and there are other coins that are frequently altered […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1942/41 Mercury Dime Overdate

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1942/41 Mercury Dime Overdate

By Paul Sandler, NGC Grader/Researcher …… Altered dates and outright counterfeits are the two most common types of fake 1942/41 Mercury Dimes.   The 1942/41 Mercury Dime from the Philadelphia Mint is one of the most well-known overdates on any US coin. Although the variety was first discovered and announced in 1943, very few Mint State […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Is it time to add ancient coins to the portfolio?

Coin Collecting Strategies – Is it time to add ancient coins to the portfolio?

By Timothy O’Fallon ….  Gibraltar Coins & Precious Metals ……..   The Rare Coin Market’s Rising Credibility In 2011, gold hit nearly $1,900.00 an ounce and silver topped out at nearly $50.00 an ounce. Bullion (and older coins worth close to bullion value) were all the rage. You might remember the bold predictions some made about […]

 
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