Numismatic Guaranty Corporation
September 2002  
1. NCS Certification Begins
2. NCS as Prescreen Service
3. Still Hiring
4. Authentic Only Service
5. Free Opinions at Shows



September 26-28
Long Beach Expo

Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, CA

October 16-19
The New Silver Dollar Show
America's Center
St. Louis, MO

November 7-9
Baltimore Show
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD


NCS Certification Begins

NCS started certifying coins during the first week of September and response to this new service has been overwhelmingly positive.

"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 charge.

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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Still Hiring

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

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Authentic Only Service

While most people are becoming familiar with NCS's new Details Grading service for problem coins, NCS has also recently debuted an Authentication and Encapsulation Only service level for both problem and non-problem coins.

This service is not unlike the services formerly offered by the American Numismatic Association's Authentication Bureau (ANAAB), which closed down in August of 2002.

Under this service, most US and World coins, token and medals can be submitted to NCS for authentication, variety attribution, mint error identification and encapsulation. Coins will be certified and encapsulated as genuine only and no grade will be assigned.

For more information on this service and the material that is currently accepted, please visit the NCS website or contact Brian Silliman, Assistant Director of Operations.

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Free Opinions at Shows

Starting at the September 2002 Long Beach Expo, NCS will provide free opinions concerning authenticity, conservation and details grade for problem coins.

NCS will attend many of the larger shows and to better service its submitters, will begin offering informal opinions concerning conservation, authenticity and NCS Details Grading.
Check the NCS event schedule on its website for more information about what shows will be attended this year.

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