How to use NGC lookup

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by dougsmit, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I bought an ancient coin accompanied by an NGC tag (no plastic) which included a registration number. I entered that number and selected Ancients from the pulldown menu but the description of the item read WASHINGTONS 1783-1795. The description on the tag made it clear the coin would not have been slabbed but it was assigned a number and weighed (correctly according to my scales) so I have every reason to believe the coin I have is the one they saw. Is WASHINGTONS 1783-1795 what you expect to see for an ancient that was not accepted for grading? I checked the numbers on each side of this one (ending in 13 and 15) and was shown actual, slabbed coins. Am I doing something wrong here or is this the way it works normally?
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  4. David@PCC

    David@PCC Well-Known Member

    Never used it so I don't know. The one before it is Valentinian II and the one after is Macrinus, both with images. So maybe an error on their system?
  5. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Well-Known Member

    Mr. Doug Smith—it sounds like you're doing everything correctly but here's what the page looks like when I check out certified coins at:


    Of course the Walking Liberty Dollar is not an ancient.
  6. Ed Snible

    Ed Snible Well-Known Member

    The verification site is not perfect.

    I have about a dozen NGC certified coins. Two lack pictures on the web site. I have not seen one with an incorrect description like yours. It is likely the problem is at their end, not yours.
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  7. paddyman98

    paddyman98 No Common Cents! Supporter

    Scan the Barcode instead.. see what comes up
    Can you show us a clear picture of the label?
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  8. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Although I De-Slab my Ancients, I keep the slab description in my Saflips. Works as a great extra "attribute/provenance" and another photo on file. :) I like that.

    Etruria Populonia 3rd C BCE AR 20 As 8-1g Metus Blank NGC Cert HN 152 Obv.JPG
  9. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Does anyone have a 'body bagged' ancient for which slab was refused to see what comes up from that number. I saw a local dealer's stack of refusals a couple years ago (most marked fake or unable to determine) but I don't know the numbers to look them up. I would not have been surprised if they did not retain info on the coin but having the correct weight and listing an ancient as 'Washington' caught my attention.

    BTW I am very impressed NGC has a database like this so you can check to see if a coin and a slab belong together. I wish they photographed refused items and all coins before encapsulation rather than in the slabs. I would love to see what people submit that fail. The accepted for grading coins that accompanied my fake included several hardly worth a fraction of the fee and a couple decent coins. Barry has showed us the really great coins he loves to handle. Not all days will be as special.
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2018
  10. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

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  11. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Their website isn't working for me at all right now. I can go to the main page but it seems to be missing the usual graphics and info aren't there, only the left side menu and when I click those links nothing happens. Anyone else having trouble with their site right now?

    Edited: In Chrome it's not working but in Safari I can reach all of the site. Doug, I got the same info as you when I entered that cert number and directed it to search the Ancients slabs.
  12. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    Yep, I got the same information when I just ran the search.
  13. FitzNigel

    FitzNigel Medievalist Supporter

    Have you tried scanning the barcode with the NGC app? I don’t inow if it will bring up anything different, but might be worth a shot
  14. AncientJoe

    AncientJoe Well-Known Member

    That would be some excessive tooling if it's now identified as something from 1783-1795!
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