NCS Certification Begins
started certifying coins during the first week of September
and response to this new service has been overwhelmingly
"Of the submissions of raw coins that we receive
for conservation, many display irreversibly impaired
surfaces from corrosion, contamination or previous improper
cleaning attempts," says Brian Silliman. "While
most coins will benefit from conservation to remove
residues and contamination, we were only able to encapsulate
problem-free coins through NGC. Now that we are certifying
problem coins, we can also provide this valuable service
for coins that are impaired but still collectible and
in need of a longer-term storage option."
In addition to offering problem coin certification
under the conservation service level, problem coins
that do not need conservation can be submitted for certification
only. Included in NCS's certification service is variety
attribution and error identification at no additional
Contact NCS customer service to request new submission
forms for conservation and certification services.
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NCS as Prescreen Service
Many dealers and collectors who have trouble spotting
problem coins in their grading submissions and do not
want to spend their grading fees and receive "body
bagged" coins have begun to use NCS certification
as a means of prescreening their coins.
Since NCS only certifies coins commonly known as "problem
coins" under its details grading service, some
dealers and collectors have begun to submit all of their
coins through NCS. In doing so, NCS prescreens coins
for possible conservation, detail grades the problem
coins and transfers any non-problem coins to NGC for
grading. Instead of incurring full grading fees for
"body bag" coins, the submitter is only charged
a $3.00 transfer fee for coins moved to NGC for grading.
NGC then charges the appropriate grading fees.
"We anticipated that dealers and collectors would
use the service in this fashion, thereby ensuring that
every genuine coin they submitted for grading would
come back certified either by NCS or NGC," says
David Camire, NCS Director of Operations. "It is
just another benefit of submitting to NCS and our affiliation
with NGC. The two companies complement each other well
and provide the most comprehensive and useful services
available in the hobby."
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Demand for NCS has been so strong that once again they
are in need of additional staff for submission management,
conservation and authentication and grading.
NCS is looking for a "numismatically minded"
individual who is seeking to advance in the field of
numismatics. Candidates should possess an interest and
background in numismatics, have strong organizational
and communication skills. Numismatic background should
include authentication, grading, variety attribution
and a broad knowledge of coins, tokens and medals. Conservation
experience is a plus, but since NCS has developed its
own techniques, intensive training will be provided.
This is a full-time position and will require relocating
to Sarasota, Florida. NCS offers a comprehensive and
competitive salary and benefits package. Successful
candidate will need to pass background security checks.
If you think you are the right person for the challenge,
send a letter of interest and resume to Brian Silliman
at NCS, PO Box 4750, Sarasota, FL 34230; by fax to 941-360-2559;
or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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