Coin Grading - Coin Certification Services

A number of North American companies offer third party coin certification services, which include:

Authentication, which determines whether a particular coin is genuine or counterfeit;
Classification as to whether the coin is a Proof, a Specimen, a Business Strike, etc;
Attribution, which correctly identifies the coin's varieties and sometimes its provenance; and
Grading
, which is a professional assessment of the coin's condition.

In North America, these days, most important coins are submitted by their owners for certification. This provides them with an independent authentication, classification, attribution and grading assessment recorded on a serial numbered certificate which is sealed with the coin in a tamper-evident plastic holder. This unit is referred to as a "slab" and an uncertified coin is called "raw". The certification services are widely used by collectors and investors who recognize their own grading skills may not be at an expert's level. Dealers also make much use of these services because their clients often demand that their coins be certified. Be aware, however, that between the various Coin Certification Services, there are identifiable areas of disagreement on grading standards, and the knowledgeable market takes these into consideration. The leading coin grading services that grade Canadian coins are with major once in bold.

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Coin Certification News
03/21/2017
NGC Grades 2,000,000 Chinese Coins
a first for a third-party coin grading service. This milestone was reached a mere 18 months after NGC had certified 1,000,000 Chinese coins, a reflection of the significant growth that NGC has experienced in China. NGC began operations in China in 2008 ... more info

03/17/2017
COIN COLUMN: The art and a science of coin grading
The value of any coin is determined by its grade or condition. The primary goal is to ascertain how much a particular coin is worth. In the early days of numismatics, the condition and appearance of a coin was subjective and limited. In the present coin ... more info

03/29/2017
In this auction, it was ‘Buy the holder, not the coin’ that inspired bidders
Collectors are willing to pay premiums over the stated value of some United States coins simply because of the plastic grading service holder in which the coin is encapsulated. Original images courtesy of GreatCollections. This 1987 American Eagle silver ... more info