Category Archives: Coin Doctoring

Altered Coin Detection: Cameo 1960 Franklin Half Dollar

Altered Cameo 1960 Franklin Half By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation(NGC) ……. A white “frost” was applied to this Franklin Half Dollar to give its elements a cameo appearance. There are a number of ways that nefarious individuals altered coins in an attempt to trick unsuspecting buyers into thinking that the coin is better than it […]

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Jeff Garrett – A Case for Coin Conservation

Proper coin conservation is effectively anti-coin doctoring Professional Coin Conservation By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Several of my very good friends in Lexington, Kentucky, are involved in the restaurant industry. One fellow was CEO of Long John Silver’s and later Church’s Chicken. Another owns and operates two successful, upscale eateries. Occasionally, […]

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PNG Offers to Assist Victims of Coin Doctoring

As part of its on-going efforts to combat “coin doctoring”, the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) is urging dealers and collectors to respect the heritage and historical significance of all coinage to preserve the past as best as possible. PNG also is offering to assist anyone who suspects he or she unwittingly purchased a doctored coin. […]

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PNG Urges “Preserve the Past” and Offers to Assist Victims of Coin Doctoring

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As part of its on-going efforts to combat “coin doctoring,” the Professional Numismatists Guild is urging dealers and collectors to respect the heritage and historical significance of all coinage to preserve the past as best as possible. PNG also is offering to assist anyone who suspects he or she unwittingly purchased a doctored coin

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Classic US Gold: Where Are All the Great Coins?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I recently read a quote from a well-known dealer who (and I’m paraphrasing) stated that today’s dealer couldn’t build great sets for their clients due to an absence of great coins. While I don’t totally agree with this, I do feel this statement has some […]

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Toning and Eye Appeal on Rare and Modern Coins

  Coin Toning and Eye Appeal By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. Once it leaves the Mint, few things add value to a coin. But of those things, attractive natural coin toning arguably adds the most. What is “ coin toning ”? The word “toning” can describe both the coloration of a coin […]

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PCGS Experts Spot Deceptively Altered Colonial Rarity

A drastically but deceptively altered colonial 1792 Washington Eagle “cent” submitted to Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) underscores the alarming skills of some so-called “coin doctors” and why it is essential to have rare coins expertly and independently examined. Detective work by PCGS experts proved the recently submitted, but altered colonial American coin had been […]

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Coin Grading – A Basic Guide to Detecting Doctored Gold Coins

BY Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com There is no getting around the fact that doctoring of rare United States gold coins is a problem in the market. Doctoring is not new. I’ve heard stories of American collectors and dealers “messing” with coins as far back as a century ago, and I have no doubt that the […]

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Five Mistakes I’ve Made (and Learned from) as a Collector

Have you ever had a less-than-brilliant coin collecting moment that you aren’t very proud of? Well take heart, fellow traveler – we’ve all “been there, done that”…. and we’re better collectors for it. By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. I’ve certainly made my share of mistakes as a coin collector. They were bound to happen. […]

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Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – Buyer Beware

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……. AUCTION BUYING I want to make it clear – this is not a self serving Hot Topics. I am writing this based upon several negatives I see happening. As many of you know, I tirelessly fight coin doctors and dealers who shill for them. For awhile, things chilled. […]

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10 Rare US Gold Coins with Surprising Low/High CAC Populations

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… I have written previous articles about CAC population figures. To me, CAC populations help to quantify quality. By this, I mean that if eight examples of a specific date of Liberty Head half eagle have been approved by CAC, we can assume that there are at […]

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Toning and Eye Appeal on Rare and Modern Coins

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…. Originally posted on Ron’s blog at www.moderncoinwholesale.com on 10/23/2014. Once it leaves the Mint, few things add value to a coin. But of those things, attractive natural toning arguably adds the most. What is “toning”? The word “toning” can describe both the coloration of a coin (what you see) and […]

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A Candid 2015 “Hot Topics” on the Coin Market by Laura Sperber

2014 WAS THE YEAR FROM HELL Can’t say 2014 was a good year for myself or The Legend companies. We would have our good months, only to give back and then some the following months. Choppy accurately describes the overall market. I’m not one who has to have everything rock-in and rolling all the time, […]

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How will Coin Collectors Interpret Certified Coin Grades in the Future ?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #257 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. There is no doubt that the vast majority of scarce classic U.S. coins, and thousands of common coins, valued at more than $250 each, are PCGS or NGC […]

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