Category Archives: Jay Turner

What Are Bullion Coins?

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… There is a significant share of numismatics and the coin market that is driven by one factor: the metallic value of the coin. These coins that follow the fluctuation of metals markets are considered bullion coins. Bullion coins can consist of precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, and […]

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The French Republican Coin Dating System

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The French Revolution brought about the First French Republic, which brought about sweeping changes to remove religious and royalist influences across France and its government institutions. One such change came to its calendar, which would be changed and used by the French Republic for 12 years – including on […]

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The Coinage of Manchukuo and the Last Emperor of China

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The Last Emperor On March 1, 1932, a man by the name of Puyi became the Datong, or chief executive, of Manchukuo. It was just six days earlier that Puyi had accepted the offer with a drunken party to celebrate this event. This celebration included a wide variety of […]

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The Last Coinage of Portuguese India

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Throughout the long and complicated history of Colonial India, Portugal had the longest span of all the European colonizers. Beginning as early as 1498, colonial rule by Portugal continued in India until 1961 — a full 13 years past 1948, when British colonial control famously ended and India became […]

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PCGS Certifies Rare 1933 New Zealand Pattern Coin

New Zealand Pattern Coin By Jay Turner for PCGS …… There is something quite magical in viewing a pattern coin. A concept for a coin that is so familiar, yet sometimes shockingly different, is an incredible sight to behold. Such is the case for a wonderful New Zealand pattern coin recently graded by PCGS. Before […]

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Ahead of Its Time – The Alcohol-Fueled Car Medals of 1901-1902

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The debate about environmental issues, natural resources, and technological improvements are more relevant than ever before. Yet, two French gold medals submitted for certification to the Shanghai, China, PCGS office are evidence of the technology that existed 120 years ago. Using alcohol or ethanol as fuel is not new […]

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PCGS Paris Office Certifies 1776 Continental Dollar Found in Junk Box for 50 Cents

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Grading in the Paris office for PCGS is always a thrill. The submissions in Europe always trend to yielding treasures not often seen. The last grading event in Paris left seasoned graders blown away with one of these discoveries. In a single coin submission sat a 1776 Continental Currency […]

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NGC Certifies Important 1910 and 1911 Chinese Coins Struck by the Vienna Mint

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified 11 important coins struck by the Vienna Mint in 1910 and 1911 for the Central Mint in Tianjin, China. These extremely rare coins were carefully preserved in the Central Mint Archives for many years, a pedigree that is noted on the NGC certification label. In 1905 the Empire of […]

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NGC Registry Sets – A Letter from Mark Salzberg

  The chairman of NGC discusses an important change to the NGC Registry Dear Collectors: In 2017 Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) will celebrate two important anniversaries: 30 years of NGC and 15 years of the NGC Registry. We have many exciting things planned for this milestone year, including a significant investment to modernize the NGC […]

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NGC Grades Rare 1897B Gold British Trade Dollar

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC) has certified an extremely rare Great Britain 1897B Gold Trade Dollar. Graded NGC PF 61, it is one of only a handful of examples believed to exist and is the only specimen certified by NGC. The prominent United Kingdom auction house Baldwin’s will offer this extraordinary coin as lot 1068 in […]

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