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Finding out what your coin is made of is a new service launched by Numismatic Guaranty Corp.
Composition testing and metallurgic analysis now is available for pattern, essay, trial and mint error coins, tokens and medals, the firm says.
The cost of this service is $75 in addition to the grading fee.
Coins already certified and encapsulated by NGC can be resubmitted for metal testing and re-encapsulation for a flat fee of $75.
NGC says it performs composite surface scans of coins using x-ray fluorescence and will list the three most abundant metals found.
Tests are non-invasive and can be performed on coins inside their holders.
The new service takes three days in addition to the standard turnaround time, according to NGC.
Tested coins are encapsulated in the Scratch-Resistant EdgeView® holder with the results appearing on the certification label.
“This service will be a boon to collectors of pattern coins,” said Rick Montgomery, NGC president.
NGC CEO Steve Eichenbaum said, “We continue to implement new services whenever we believe that they will meet the needs of collectors and numismatic professionals.”
To submit coins for this service, prominently write “METAL COMPOSITION TEST” on the submission form and include the additional $75 per coin service charge in the fee calculation at the bottom of the form.
Coins to be tested should be listed on a separate submission form from coins not being tested and multiple submission forms can be shipped backed together if the submitter requests it, NGC says.
Any questions about submission procedures or this new offering can be directed to NGC customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone toll-free at (800) 642-2646.