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NGC introduces verification tool

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation introduced a new tool on its Web site to verify the certification information of all NGC-certified coins, it announced April 2.

When available, enlargeable images of both sides of an encapsulated coin are shown alongside information from the NGC certification database. The NGC database includes a complete record of coins graded by NGC since it began operations in 1987.

Concurrent with the release of its newest generation holder in October, NGC began a comprehensive coin imaging project, photographing coins after encapsulation by NGC as part of the regular certification process. The primary purpose of these security images is to deter tampering with, counterfeiting, or otherwise manipulating an NGC holder. Today the image archive accessible through this tool includes pictures of nearly 1 million NGC-certified coins.

The certification verification tool is available at no charge to NGC Collectors Society members of all levels and to NGC Authorized Dealers. It can be found at www.NGCcoin.com under the “NGC Research” heading of the main navigation menu by selecting the option labeled “Verify Certification.”

To use the tool, users are instructed simply to enter the certification number that appears on the label inside a coin’s holder.

“In combination with the enhanced security features of NGC’s newest holder, this online verification tool provides the highest level of protection against counterfeiting yet available to collectors and dealers,” said Scott Schechter, NGC vice president of sales and marketing. “We believe that this is a meaningful step towards creating a more secure international marketplace for certified coins.”

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