The Facts About Numismatic Conservation Services
Posted by Brian A. Silliman on 4/15/2002
Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS) has been in business for more than one year, but is not the first conservation service available to the numismatic community.
The American Numismatic Association offered conservation as one of its member services. This service was discontinued in March of 2002 when the ANA named NCS as their official conservation service.
Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS) has been in
business for more than one year, but is not the first
conservation service available to the numismatic community.
The American Numismatic Association offered conservation
as one of its member services. This service was discontinued
in March of 2002 when the ANA named NCS as their official
NCS is based in Sarasota, Florida where it operates
a state of the art laboratory and employs experts in
the fields of conservation and numismatics. Unlike other
conservation services, NCS specializes in numismatic
material. Collectors and dealers can submit all raw
or certified coins, tokens and medals for evaluation
NCS procedures remove foreign materials, toning (tarnish),
residues and contaminants from the surfaces of coins,
using a variety of non-abrasive chemical rinses, depending
on the particular situation, while protecting the originality
of the coin's surfaces.
NCS is NOT a coin "cleaning", "doctoring",
"curating", or "restoration" service.
NCS only conserves coins that it believes could benefit
from conservation procedures. NCS DOES NOT re-engrave
detail, re-color, artificially tone, fill contact marks,
conceal hairlines, abrasively clean or participate in
any other deceptive practices.
NCS is not an "UP-GRADE" service. Frequently,
a coin's eye appeal will improve and in some cases the
coin may grade higher, but this is not the basis of
the service. Any submission that is received with requests
"to conserve the coin so it will grader higher"
is immediately rejected by NCS.
The fee schedule for NCS is calculated based on the
value of the
item(s) and amount of work completed.
When coins are received they are evaluated. The evaluation
team carefully examines the coins to determine what
if any procedure is necessary. Evaluations are charged
at 1% of declared value with a $5 minimum.
If a procedure is prescribed, the coin then goes on
to conservation. Conservation is charged at a rate of
1.5% of declared value with a $5 minimum.
If selected, the submitter has the option of having
his/her coins submitted directly to an NCS approved
grading service for encapsulation after conservation.
Presently, NGC is the only approved grading service.
Certified coins will not be removed from their holder
unless evaluators feel the coins will at least maintain
their current grade at NGC after conservation has been
completed. While most coins remain the same grade, some
may grade higher. However, when residues or toning are
removed and the coin's surfaces become more visible,
there is a chance that a coin may grade lower. NCS has
developed techniques and expertise to avoid this, but
it can and does happen.
To protect the submitter against loss, NCS offers Grade
Protection. Grade Protection is available for an additional
fee of 1% of declared value with a $5 minimum. If Grade
Protection is selected and a coin grades lower at an
NCS approved grading service, NCS will make up the difference
as a result of the lower grade.
For more information about conservation and coins,
refer to The
Conservation of Coins: a Buyer's Guide. This booklet
was produced by PNG, ICTA, NGC, PCGS and ICG.
For more information about cleaning and other surface
problems, go to NGC's website to view a booklet on no-grade
coins that has comprehensive information on a variety
of surface problems. This e-booklet can be viewed
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