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NGC Update About Shipping Address Changes

The following is a reprint from a press release by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®), Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) and Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) strive to provide the best possible services to all submitters at all times. During … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Has the U.S. Ever Restruck Coins of Another Country?

There are now services that will “conserve” my problem coins. What is the difference between their conserving my coins and someone else cleaning them? The principle goal of conserving a coin is to remove any detrimental materials from the surfaces … Continue reading

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Grading Will Never Synchronize

Several years ago, a good longtime customer came to the store I owned at the time to purchase a somewhat better-date U.S. $20 Saint-Gaudens double eagle in Choice Mint State-63 quality. We happened to have three specimens in stock, so … Continue reading

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Letters to the Editor (December 4, 2018)

Coin slab photo says it all, don’t you think? Wow, Dave, I was so excited with my new purchase that I had to send you a pic right away. It is graded MS97+*, but because it has all the major … Continue reading

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New Pillar dollar fakes can fool you

A few weeks ago I came across an article in which the writer warned of deceptive counterfeit Pillar dollars entering the coin market. At the time, all I could do was to wish to actually see one of these fakes to determine for myself how deceptive they actually are. Continue reading

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Edges can reveal coin to be a fake

A coin’s edge is an important side that professional graders/authenticators rarely overlook. What are they looking for? Damage and alterations are the first things that come to my mind; yet other attributes such as the edge type and style are also important. Continue reading

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Which details are most important?

How many times have you heard these words? “Grading is subjective” or “Grading is an art not a science?” That leaves a lot of room for interpretation, and we’ll examine some of that in this column. The subjective nature of grading is possibly one reason many numismatists are conservative buyers or liberal sellers. There is less risk of taking a hit to the wallet. Knowledge is power. It can be a jungle out in the marketplace where the uninformed can be eaten alive. Continue reading

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