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few high-relief matte proof Peace Dollars are known
from 1922 and only 11 have been graded by NGC according
to the census report. Improper storage in this particular
example's past left residues dulling details and
leaving a splotchy reddish appearance on many of the
high points and in the field. Through very careful examination,
it was discovered that conservation could improve this
coin's appearance and long-term stability for
future enjoyment. With the residues removed, this coin
is more stable for future storage. The increase in eye
appeal and the lack of any revealing imperfections resulted
in a higher grade when it was transferred to NGC for
offers a Genuine Only encapsulation service. Under this
service, NCS will authenticate and encapsulate a coin,
token, or medal in our hermetically sealed holder with
a label stating it as simply genuine. This 1921 Canada
50c is an example of the kind of coin that can benefit
from Genuine Only encapsulation. Very few examples of
this rarity are known to exist since a large portion
of the original mintage was never issued and was later
melted in 1929. A past improper cleaning would prevent
this coin from being graded by NGC but in an NCS holder,
this important rarity is authenticated. For a list of
eligible types for NCS Genuine Only encapsulation as
well as current fees, visit our Web site at www.NCScoin.com.
NCS Handles Eliasberg Gold
has seen several of the recently sold Eliasberg world
gold coin collection. A number of coins from the collection
were graded using NCS Details Grader service due to
surface problems that made them ineligible for NGC to
offer a grading opinion. Still others have been submitted
to NCS for conservation by their owners.
Some of the coins in the Eliasberg collection were not
able to be graded by NGC because of irreversible surface
problems. For these coins, a grade of the details remaining
on each coin was determined along with a description
of the problem preventing them from being graded by
NGC. This information was then printed out on a 4x5
card along with a high resolution image of both the
obverse and reverse of the coin.
A handful of additional Eliasberg coins have been handled
by NCS after their new owners had submitted them for
conservation following their sale at auction last April.
"Although the frequency of Eliasberg caliber coins
coming to the market has diminished, we have seen a
steady increase in these types of coins being submitted
to NCS," David Camire, President of NCS, said
after conserving a small portion of the collection.
NCS is offering both encapsulation of coins purchased
with photo-certificates and conservation of those pieces
that merit work.
For additional information on NCS services, please visit
our Web site at www.NCScoin.com.
The NCS Submission Form
NCS submission form is split into two large parts. The
upper box is to be used when you request NCS Professional
Conservation service. The lower box is to be used when
you request only NCS Encapsulation
services. Marking options in both sections may cause
confusion and lead to delays in processing your submission.
storage techniques are essential for the future stability
and preservation of one's coin collection. Avoid
holders containing the plasticizer PVC and seek chemically
inert, hermetically sealed holders such as those offered
by NCS and NGC. Reduce humidity as much as possible
and store your collection where a constant temperature
can be maintained. What if, despite these good measures,
your collection is the unfortunate victim of a fire?
NCS has recently faced the challenges presented by coins
from four very different fires with differing results.
the four groups, the least affected by the fire was
a collection from Washington. These coins were all in
NGC holders inside an insulated safe. Only one coin
had any permanent surface altering effects from the
fire resulting in a downgrade. The remaining coins had
any residues removed by NCS and were then graded by
NGC. Though all of the NGC holders were partially melted,
the coins inside were not harmed.
A group of coins from North Carolina were also in certified
holders. In this fire, much more intense than the previous,
the holders had deformed, blackened, and many had adhered
to one another. Some
clumps were so deformed and burnt that it was not known
how many coins were in the group until after conservation
was complete. The conservators at NCS were able to safely
remove the coins from the melted plastic. All of the
coins were still able to be graded by NGC after the
conservation. Though the coins' original holders
were a loss, the surfaces of the coins were not altered
by the fire to a point that would prevent them from
being graded by a major grading service.
Few coins in a large group from California were in certified
holders. This group of coins had been in a large metal
cabinet in a very devastating fire. Many coins had been
adversely affected by the fire with spots of environmental
damage remaining on the surface despite the best efforts
of NCS conservators. Many
of the coins adhered together in clumps by their holders,
which were plastic flips (likely the PVC-laced kind),
hard plastic snap-together 2x2's, and plastic
tubes that had melted and oozed between the individual
coins and hardened. Despite the devastation and lesser
protection from the fire compared to the previous two
fire groups, many of these coins from this fire have
been freed of the residues and encrustations resulting
from the fire, then graded and encapsulated by NGC.
The fourth group, also from Washington, displayed the
most ill effects of being in a fire. This group, primarily
made up of world coins, arrived at NCS as mostly blackened
disks. This fire had uniformly deposited a black glossy
substance on the surfaces of all the coins. Removal
of this substance revealed coins that had been severely
environmentally damaged. Most coins were unsalvageable
as graded coins due to the extent of this heavy damage.
The type of holder your collection is housed in could
be even more important than first thought. Considering
the details of the four groups of fire coins recently
conserved, the coins in the best holders were best protected
and best brought back to life through NCS professional
conservation efforts. Certified holders, such as those
offered by NCS and NGC, offer the best protection for
a coin not only in typical environmental circumstances
but also in extreme environmental occurrences as well.