Founded in February 2001, Numismatic Conservation Services,
LLC (NCS) is devoted to the growth and preservation
of numismatics. As a leading authority in numismatic
conservation, NCS experts are uniquely qualified to
provide professional conservation services for dealers
and collectors alike. With a pledge of integrity, impartiality
and responsibility, NCS provides a service that serves
to expand and enrich the hobby. The selection of NCS
as the official conservation service of the American
Numismatic Association and the Professional Numismatists Guild is further assurance of the integrity
and quality of NCS services.
NCS accepts for evaluation all certified or raw coins,
tokens and medals. NCS can remove contaminants such
as PVC, soils, tarnish, carbon spots, verdigris and
encrustation from the surface. NCS does not perform
repairs or mechanical alterations of any kind. Removing
detrimental material from the surface of an item may
dramatically improve its appearance and eye appeal.
This service is designed to further preserve the originality
of the material only and prevent the damage that can
result from contamination that is left untreated.
The NCS facilities were designed by conservation experts
to provide an ideal environment for performing numismatic
conservation procedures. With an advanced water filtration
unit and specially designed ventilation system, NCS
utilizes the necessary equipment to insure
NCS brings together a team of respected numismatic
professionals with extensive experience in coin conservation
The NCS team includes:
David Camire began collecting coins, like many of his generation, as a youth at
the age of 13. Almost from the start, he acquired an interest in errors and
varieties. The desire to ascertain the authenticity of errors and varieties led
him to study the minting process. Today, David is considered an authority on
mint errors and modern minting production. A key benefit of knowing the
minting process is the ability to distinguish mint defects from damaged coins
and establish a coin's authenticity.
To broaden his numismatic knowledge, he accepted a full-time numismatic
position in 1989 with one of the largest coin companies. His employment with
this company and others over the next decade allowed him to work with many of
the industry's foremost authorities.
In 1999 he joined NGC which allowed him to gain a working knowledge of all the
nuances of grading and interact with the top graders in the industry. This
added knowledge and exposure helped him to hone his grading skills. NCS
customers benefit from the depth of his numismatic knowledge and experience.
David has consulted for government agencies in the field of numismatics. He
has also co-authored 100 Greatest U.S. Error Coins and has contributed to such
numismatic publications as Coin World, COINage, Numismatic News, The
Numismatist and the Red Book. David is an active volunteer at the Smithsonian
Institution's Museum of American History in helping to preserve the National
Chris Shappell has had an interest in coins since
childhood with a collection of world coins brought
back from friends’ and neighbors’ vacations
abroad. As an active Young Numismatist, Chris received
numerous awards for both writing and exhibiting locally
and nationally through the American Numismatic Association.
Chris also learned about numismatics from many prominent
numismatists by attending several ANA Summer Seminars
and completing the Association’s correspondence
course. During the summer of 2000, Chris served as
the intern at the ANA Museum working primarily with
the museum’s Asian coin collection as well
as the Association’s summer events. Chris graduated
from the University of Delaware with a degree in
Psychology and minor in East Asian Studies.