Grading Companies

Discussion in 'Numismatic Resources' started by GDJMSP, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    NGC

    "NGC offers several submission tiers and services to meet the needs of coin collectors and professionals alike. It is necessary to choose the option that corresponds to the value and category of coins you are submitting as well as the turnaround time you desire. You may submit most US and world coins for grading."

    NGC


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    NCS - Numismatic Conservation Services

    "Over time a coin can change in appearance due to environmental conditions, mishandling and natural forces of decay. You can take an active role in preserving coins for future generations to admire by contacting Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS) so that NCS’ specialists may assist quickly in identifying damaging conditions, and professionally conserve and stabilize your coins.

    The expertise of NCS technicians has long been needed in numismatics. Not to be confused with undesirable cleaning, proper numismatic conservation involves examination, scientific analysis and a reliance upon an extensive base of numismatic knowledge to determine the nature of a coin’s state of preservation and the extent of any damage. NCS is uniquely qualified to meet the conservation needs of the hobby."

    NCS


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    PCGS

    "Grading is a way of determining the physical condition of a coin. Grades range from Poor (almost completely worn out) to Perfect Uncirculated (a coin with absolutely no wear and no flaws of any kind). Over 99.9% of all coins fall somewhere between these two extremes.

    The grade is a sort of "shorthand" for describing the condition of a coin. With experience and the aid of the appropriate books, many people can learn to grade with a moderate degree of accuracy. Few people, however, can ever learn to grade with the precision required to become a professional. The grade of a coin goes a long way in determining the coin's value, and sometimes a seemingly insignificant and easily overlooked flaw can make thousands of dollars of difference."

    PCGS


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    ANACS

    "Our team of unbiased expert graders renders an opinion on a coin's authenticity and grade. ANACS certifies authentic coins only. You may submit:
    Regular issue U.S. coinage, commemoratives, and patterns
    A wide variety of world coins: most coins from 1600 to present
    The widest range of error and variety coins of any grading service
    Problem coins (cleaned, corroded, damaged, repaired, etc.) are given a detail grade with the major problem listed
    Hard Time and Civil War Tokens and So-Called Dollars
    A selection of ancient Roman coins "

    ANACS


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    ICG

    "We credit all but $5 (processing fee) towards future grading if we no-grade a coin. Call for more details.
    Listed on "The Grey Sheet" and "The Blue Sheet."
    Quick turnaround times to preserve cash flows.
    Sonically sealed, tamper-evident, attractive holder with our SECUREGRAMTM hologram system.
    And, most important ... expert, consistent grading by the most respected names in the business."

    ICG


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