All of us at the Certified Collectibles Group extend
our deepest sympathy and heartfelt concern to all
those affected by Hurricane Katrina. The devastation
and aftermath is unimaginable, and we are hoping for
the most expedited recovery possible.
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The Certified Collectibles Group conducted a donation
drive and offered to match donations to the American
Red Cross made by its Authorized Dealers, Collectors’
Society and Message Board Members.
This donation drive ended Thursday September 15th
and we are pleased to report that the final donation
total was $16,881.00. A portion of this amount was
raised during an auction held by NGC on the message
boards. All proceeds from the auction were donated
to the American Red Cross.
The Certified Collectibles Group made its matching donation
to the American Red Cross on September 19th.
Thank you to all who participated in this donation
It is an unfortunate reality, but oftentimes when a
numismatic item has a nominal value, it will suffer
with less than ideal storage. This is the fate tokens
have long endured. Until a recent surge in popularity,
tokens have often taken a backseat to their standard
issue cousins in terms of both their popularity and
their value. The result of this has been storage in
holders and in environments that have not been the best
to promote long-term stability and those ill-effects
can often obscure the surface beauty of a coin or a
token. That is what was covering the obverse of this
Civil War Token depicting a patriotic eagle in flight.
Civil War Tokens are found in two varieties—those
issued by specific merchants known and those depicting
purely patriotic design themes with no mention of specific
merchants. Civil War Tokens are cataloged in two references
written by George and Melvin Fuld. Once the residues
are removed from the surface of this token, the details
are more vivid and the token is much more stable for
its long-term storage and enjoyment.
Another large type of tokens NCS frequently works on
is what is known as a Conder Token. These tokens were
issued in Britain at the end of the 18th century to
provide small denomination money in circulation. Usually
representing ½ penny in value, many tokens feature
designs advertising merchants through political and
social themes as well as cultural themes are also common.
The Conder name to these tokens is taken from the name
of an author of an early catalog of these tokens. Just
as with other token types, many of these tokens have
been poorly stored resulting in heavy residues being
deposited on the surfaces of the tokens. This politically
themed Conder Token had thick residues hiding detail
and brilliant surfaces. After the conservation, we can
see this token’s true beauty.
So-called Dollars are medals issued in America mostly
at the end of the 19th century and first half of the
20th century. These medals are typically large, around
the size of the contemporary silver dollar or half dollar
and feature designs commemorating places, events, people,
or things. This medal conserved by NCS was issued in
1876 to commemorate the Centennial Exposition that year
in Philadelphia. Thick residues were hiding the surface
of this pewter metal almost appearing as corrosion.
With professional conservation, those residues were
carefully removed to reveal the medal’s details
With greater interest in the various token series, improper
storage methods should be a thing of the past. For a
complete list of the types of tokens and medals NCS
will readily conserve and encapsulate, visit our website
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coins frequently can show the effects of improper storage.
This piece of China as a Republic dating from 1923 displays
some typical results of poor storage. The surfaces have
been dulled by a thick residue which in places has resulted
in blotchy spots. Once the offending residues were removed
through professional conservation and the spots evened
out, the coin revealed beautiful reflective original
surfaces. This coin later graded MS 62 with NGC following
its professional conservation.
American pieces are often encountered exhibiting problems
that would prevent them from encapsulation from a major
grading service such as NGC. The light corrosion on
the surface of the Dollar will prevent it from being
certified by NGC. This Continental Currency Dollar in
pewter is a great example of what could be encapsulated
in an NCS holder when NGC certification would not be
an option. In an NCS Details Grade holder, this coin
has been authenticated and given a grade of its details.
The NCS Submission Form
include a credit card number on your submission form
when submitting coins. Failure to include this vital
payment information can lead to delays in processing
your coins. If you would like to include a credit card
as part of your account files, NCS customer service
will be glad to do this. The credit card listed in your
account files will be charged when a different number
is not listed on your submission form.