NCS Certifies American
Effective immediately, NCS will certify American colonial
and confederation coins under its Authentication and
Encapsulation Only service and Details Grading service.
Like its official grading service, NGC, NCS will certify
colonial and confederation coins as listed in the pre-federal
chapters of R.S. Yeoman's A Guide Book of United
its Authentication and Encapsulation Only service level,
NCS will attribute and encapsulate all colonials as
genuine only. No grade will be provided on the label.
Under the NCS Details Grading service level for problem
coins, each coin will be identified, authenticated and
assigned a details grade and description of the detrimental
surface condition, i.e. AU Details, Corroded. Authenticity
is guaranteed and no "net" grade is assigned.
NCS only certifies "problem" coins in its details grade
holder. Any coin submitted under the NCS Details Grading
service level that is suitable for non-problem coin
grading will be transferred to NGC on behalf of the
submitter. All coins, regardless of condition, can be
submitted for Authentication and Encapsulation.
NCS's encapsulation is the same size and shape as NGC's
hermetically sealed holder.
For more information on NCS certification services,
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- NCS Turnaround Times
Ever since NCS first opened for business, it has tried
to maintain a submission turnaround time of 10 business
days depending on the amount of submissions on hand
at any given time.
NCS does not operate on a tier system; rather the company
processes submissions in the order that they are received,
except in cases where an Expedite fee is charged at
the request of the submitter. Clearly, with such a system,
influxes in the number of submissions received can help
in completing submissions well within the 10 days, while
at other times NCS may occasionally exceed the projected
"For the most part, we feel we have done well in
meeting our turnaround time, but with the increasingly
strong coin market of late, we are seeing dramatic increases
of submissions," said Brian Silliman, Assistant
Director of Operations. "In certain cases, more
difficult and involved conservation efforts have also
resulted in extended turnaround times. However, we feel
the time and effort spent with each submission regardless
of declared value has benefited our submitters and enables
us to provide unparalleled service and conservation
of the absolute highest caliber."
Better understanding of NCS's projected 10 working day
turnaround time can help submitters plan their future
submissions. Dramatic increases in submissions are usually
seen in the weeks prior to and immediately following
most of the major coin shows, such as Long Beach, Central
States, Baltimore, F.U.N. and ANA. As a result, NCS
recommends that submitters plan for possible increases
in submission turnaround times. For special submissions,
where the submitter needs his or her coins returned
a few days after submitting them, NCS recommends using
its Expedite service. The Expedite service is an additional
fee, but has an average turnaround time of 2 to 3 days.
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NCS & NGC to
Teach ANA Grading Seminar
Numismatists from NCS and NGC will teach the ANAs
upcoming grading seminar in Charlotte, NC. Brian Silliman,
NCS Assistant Director of Operations, and Jim Young,
Senior Grader at NGC, have been selected to teach the
ANA grading seminar, which will be held prior to the
Charlotte Convention in March.
The ANA has solicited the assistance of NGC grading
experts ever since NGC was selected as the ANA's
official grading service. With both NGC and NCS affiliated
with the ANA, both companies will supply instructors
for the seminar.
Over the last few years, NGC grading experts such as
Mark Salzberg, Ken Krah, Jim Young, Bill Conroy and
Alex Moulinos have offered their expertise at either
the ANAs pre-convention grading seminars or Summer
Seminars. "Skip" Fazzari, Senior Conservator with NCS,
has also taught the seminar on many occasions. Brian
Silliman has taught the ANA grading seminar for the
last five years.
The grading seminar will be held in Charlotte, NC, on
March 18-20, immediately prior to the convention. Students
will learn about original surfaces, how to spot improperly
cleaned coins, surface alterations and enhancements,
and the basics of the minting process, followed by intensive
hands-on examination of the ANA grading set of NGC and
NCS certified coins.
The grading sets, which consist of several thousand
coins of virtually every type and grade in mint state
and proof, were certified by NGC, while the "problem
coins" were recently certified by NCS in its new
Details Grading encapsulation.
The class is beneficial to both novice and advanced
collectors and dealers. For more information, contact
the ANA's Education Department.
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