This important guide is the direct result of Summit 2000, a precedent-setting conference to examine crucial issues facing dealers and collectors, conducted in December 2000. Organized by the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) and the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA), the summit produced frank and candid discussions to identify numismatic concerns and problems, ways to correct them, and proposals to plant seeds for future growth of the hobby and marketplace.

Major topics discussed at the summit included numismatic education and grading services. One of the first tangible accomplishments of the conference is this educational booklet for collectors and dealers, to clear up misconceptions and misunderstandings about coin cleaning and restoration. Under a committee chaired by Mark Salzberg, this guide is a cooperative effort by: ICTA, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), PNG and Independent Coin Grading Company (ICG).

Numismatics is an enjoyable pursuit. This booklet is designed to help buyers and sellers become knowledgeable about one of the most important and misunderstood numismatic concepts — coin conservation.

Read More: The Conservation of Coins — A Buyer's Guide (.pdf - 612 kb)

For more information about cleaning and other surface problems, we recommend going to NGC's Web site to view a booklet on NGC Details Grading, which offers comprehensive information on a variety of detrimental surface conditions. This Details Grading guide can also be viewed as a PDF.

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