What does NGC do with fake coins?

NGC uses X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, an extensive research catalog and other tools to determine a coin’s authenticity. If deemed not genuine, the coin is not encapsulated. NGC offers numerous educational resources to help collectors and dealers avoid counterfeit or altered coins.

Are there fake NGC coins?

Although the vast majority of NGC holders in the marketplace are genuine, there are occasionally reports of counterfeit or tampered NGC holders. Likewise, there are some scams that involve soliciting coin sales.

What is the most counterfeited coin?

The Morgan silver dollar is the most frequently counterfeited U.S. coin, according to coin dealers responding to a survey conducted by the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force in June 2018.

Are there fake US coins?

Coin counterfeiting of valuable antique coins is common; modern high-value coins are also counterfeited and circulated. Counterfeit antique coins are generally made to a very high standard so that they can deceive experts. This is not easy and many coins still stand out.

How can you tell if a NGC coin is real?

Details from NGC’s database are available for nearly all of these coins for free in the Verify NGC Certification resource at NGCcoin.com/verify or in the NGC mobile app. Simply enter a coin’s NGC certification number and grade to verify its description and NGC grade.

Does NGC verify authenticity?

NGC Ancients will only grade coins that it believes to be genuine. If, after evaluation and research by our staff experts and/or outside consultants, the coin’s authenticity cannot be ascertained, the coin will be labeled “Authenticity Unverifiable” and not encapsulated.

How are coins counterfeited?

The counterfeiter can create the coin dies by engraving them by hand, using the spark erosion method, using a one-to-one transfer engraving lathe, using the plating method, or the impact technique. Any of these techniques leads to an incredibly deceptive counterfeit coin.

What does a counterfeit coin look like?

Counterfeit coins typically have casting seams, which can be very apparent to the naked eye. Fake coins often times will contain hole markings. Additionally, many coins have intricate designs or textures that are associated with that particular coin and its series.

Are counterfeit quarters worth anything?

Does a counterfeit coin have any value? A counterfeit or fake coin doesn’t have any numismatic value though it’s gold or silver can be extracted by assay. U.S. fakes are technically illegal to own.

Are Chinese coins valuable?

Today, the most collectible Chinese coins are contemporary issues, whose values are closely tied to their platinum, gold, or silver content. But for many collectors, Chinese coins from the late 1800s and first half of the 20th century hold great interest.

What is the NGC coin price guide?

The NGC Coin Price Guide is a complete catalog of coin values for US and World coins from 1600 to date, compiled from a variety of numismatic sources. Menu NGC Coin Add Coin Sign In Join About About NGC Press Coverage Intro to Coin Collecting Coin Buying Guide Security Center NGC Help Center / FAQs Careers Coin Grading Specialty Services Ancients

What are the most commonly seen counterfeits at NGC?

The 1853 Gold Dollar is the first coin from the series on our list for most-seen counterfeits at NGC. This year saw the highest mintage for the entire series with some 4,076,051 pieces struck. The high mintage means that this coin is often not inspected closely, making it easier for counterfeiters to pass their fakes.

What is the most commonly altered and counterfeited coin in the world?

The 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent is one of the most popular United States coins. This popularity had led it to become the most commonly altered and counterfeited collectible coin in the world, according to submissions to NGC.

What is the highest mintage of a coin in the world?

The 1928 Saint-Gaudens had the highest mintage of the entire series at some 8.8 million coins. Due to its astronomical mintage, even mint state examples are readily available today.