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Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC)
When NGC was founded in 1987, it heralded the introduction of a new standard of integrity in coin grading. NGC is focused on only one objective, a standard of consistent and accurate coin grading. As NGC has grown to become one of the leaders in third-party grading services, they have maintained a steadfast and uncompromising commitment to this standard. The knowledge, integrity and dedication of NGC's team of numismatic professionals ensure a consistent high level of grading expertise. This record of consistency among the most respected third-party grading services has helped to foster greater stability throughout the rare coin marketplace.
Grading is a team effort, with at least two professional numismatists examining every coin. To maintain impartiality, NGC's coin graders cannot be involved in the commercial buying and selling of coins. Each coin is examined by one NGC coin grader at a time, who then enters the coin grade into the system. The NGC grading team's only interest is in determining accurate grades for coins. Once graded, the coin is sonically sealed in a holder made of inert material that won't affect the encapsulated coin.
GovMint.com is proud to partner with NGC in order to bring our customers the finest in modern coin issues, vintage rarities, and certified ancient coins. Website
Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS)
Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is among the most respected names in third-party coin certification. By establishing a universal grading standard, PCGS has paved the way for coin enthusiasts to enjoy buying and selling coins with confidence.
The advent of the third-party appraisal of a coin's physical condition (which is the basis of its grade), backed by the PCGS Guarantee, provides a dependable form of protection for rare coin collectors. Their respected grading standards have enabled PCGS-graded coins to realize record prices in the marketplace.
In addition to standardized grading, PCGS offers a guarantee of grading accuracy and authenticity for each coin we encapsulate. With decades of combined experience, PCGS graders are selected from an elite group of world-class numismatic experts – some of the most respected and admired in the rare coin industry. When a submission is received, each coin goes through a step-by-step grading process which ensures the utmost care and consideration of the prized numismatic investment.
Each PCGS grading expert works independently in a controlled environment that provides optimum conditions for studying the characteristics and physical condition of each coin. A series of graders enters independent determinations in a computer database until a consensus is reached and the final grade is assigned. To augment their high level of experience, PCGS graders can refer to comprehensive grading sets of U.S. and international coins in order to adhere to PCGS grading standards.
PCGS certifies coins from over 100 countries including United States, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, Great Britain, France, Italy, China, Spain, Greece, Mexico, Russia, Canada, India, Hong Kong, Philippines, Australia, Singapore and African countries. PCGS standardized grading has forever changed the process of buying and selling coins, increasing confidence in buyers and sellers around the world.
GovMint.com is proud to partner with PCGS as we seek out the finest coins and vintage rarities for our customers. Website
Royal Australian Mint
For most of Australia's history, the country's coinage was under the control of Britain's Royal Mint. Mints in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth struck the pennies, shillings and sovereigns used as currency. In the early 1960s Australia decided to change to a decimal system of coins, like that in the United States. The country also decided to take over its coinage responsibility from the Royal Mint. In 1965, the new Australian Royal Mint opened in Canberra, producing Australia's now familiar decimal coins. The mint has produced over eleven billion coins since its opening. In addition to Australian coins, it has struck coins for a dozen other countries. It's production of collector coins has been on the cutting edge of numismatics. In 2001 it stuck the world's first doublehologram coin. It's also a leader in the minting of bimetallic and color coins. The mint's Kangaroo Silver Dollar is coveted by collectors around the world and has won the prestigious Coin of the Year Award. Website
Britain's Royal Mint
Coins have been minted in England since the second century B.C. Britain's Royal Mint started striking coins 1,100 years ago. By 1279 it moved to the famous Tower of London, where it remained for 500 years, just a stone's throw from where Henry VIII's wives lost their heads! In the early 19th century The Royal Mint began striking one of the most famous coins in history: the Gold Sovereign, featuring St. Michael slaying the dragon. For nearly 200 years British Gold Sovereigns have been the world standard gold coin. They're still minted today using the original design struck in stunning deeply mirrored proof condition. In 1987, the mint began striking its popular Gold and Silver Britannia series. With the Olympic Games held in London in 2012, the mint wrote a new and exciting page into its history book with a series of coins celebrating the Olympic Games Spirit. These coins are now forever etched into Numismatic history. In years to come, Olympic Games collectors may have to search long and hard to find them. Website
Silver and gold coins were first made in China thousands of years ago. In 1896, the first modern mint was established in Shenyang. In 1920 the Shanghai Mint was established, and it's still striking coins today! In 1982 the China Mint embarked on a new adventure. It struck a one-ounce gold coin featuring the country's lovable panda. The next year it struck the first Silver Panda. No one back then could have known what lay in store for this now world-famous coin. Every year the design changes, making Pandas more popular with collectors. They always sell out, and many earlier-year versions sell for substantial premiums as a result of world-wide collector demand. In 2008 the Olympic Games came to Beijing, and the China Mint produced a highly praised series of coins celebrating this first-ever event. Today these spectacular Olympic Games coins are very difficult to locate. China's rapid economic development has lead to an increased interest among Chinese collectors. Today, they are the largest buyers of Chinese coins and avidly seek earlier issues for their collections. Website
Like the San Francisco Mint in the United States, the Perth Mint in Australia owes its existence to a Gold Rush. It was 1899, and the amount of gold coming out of Western Australia was so large that Britain's Royal Mint established the mint in Perth to refine the gold and strike it into Gold Half Sovereigns and Full Sovereigns. In 1931 Great Britain went off the gold standard and Perth switched to striking other coins and refining gold. In 1986 the Perth Mint struck it's first modern gold coin, the Gold Nugget Proof. Since then it has produced a continuous stream of awardwinning coins like the Silver Kangaroo, Silver Koala and the Gold Koala. Its reputation for innovation and producing coins of superior quality is unsurpassed. Perth's particular area of expertise is the production of coins in High Relief. The High Relief Kangaroos and Koalas are two of the most spectacular coins ever minted. Website
The Pobjoy Mint strikes coins for over forty countries around the world. The mint's expertise dates all the way back to the Middle Ages when its predecessors were intricately involved in metalwork. The mint's production of coins for the Isle of Man has resulted in the revival of traditional age-old British precious metal coinage. The British Gold Angel was first minted over 700 years ago, and since 1984 has been struck in gold, silver, platinum and bimetallic issues. The British Gold and Silver Nobles, featuring a Viking long boat, celebrate the fierce Viking heritage of the Isle of Man. They were first issued in 1994. The mint has captured a plethora of awards for its outstanding work. Its first Coin of the Year award was won in 1984 for the Gold Angel. In total it's carried away fourteen Coin of the Year awards, an unprecedented number. The mint strikes proof coins four times to achieve the sharpest possible impression, then microscopically examines each for imperfections and carefully encapsulates them to preserve their superb quality. Website
Royal Canadian Mint
Canada's first coins were struck in 1858 at the Royal Mint in London. It wasn't until 50 years later that Canada had its own mint. The Ottawa Branch of the Royal Mint opened in 1908. In 1931 the mint negotiated its independence from the Royal Mint and became the Royal Canadian Mint. Over the early years the mint produced coins for circulation, but not many commemorative coins. In 1967 Canada celebrated its 100th anniversary, and that year all the circulating coins were minted with commemorative designs. Since then the mint has been on the cutting edge of commemorative coin design and production. Its issues for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games were the first-ever Olympic Games coins to incorporate a hologram into the design. Today the mint produces a wide variety of gold and silver issues, including coins with genuine gemstones embedded into their surfaces, Lunar Series commemoratives, and, of course, their highly prized Silver and Gold Maple Leaf issues. Website
South African Mint
The origins of the South African Mint go back 120 years to 1892 when the first state mint was opened in Pretoria. After massive amounts of gold were discovered in 1886, President Paul Kruger decided to mint the gold into coins in South Africa, rather than exporting it as bullion and re-importing it as coins. This experience served the country well when it introduced the world's first modern legal-tender gold bullion coin, the Krugerrand, in 1967. The Krugerrand was an immediate success with gold buyers around the world. It got an additional boost when the U.S. government lifted its ban on private gold ownership in 1975. Most collectors don't know it, but in addition to its regular Krugerrands, the mint has struck a small number of Proof Krugerrands over the years. Proof Krugerrands are highly sought after by collectors. Coins in the mint's award-winning Natura Gold Series featuring native African wildlife are believed by many to be the most beautiful gold wildlife coins ever minted. Struck in very low numbers, they are hard to find after their initial release. Website
The Holy Land Mint
The Holy Land Mint \ Israel Coins and Medals Corp. was established in 1958 by the Prime Minister Ben Gurion for the purpose of commemorating the historical events and milestones of the State of Israel, as well as its outstanding personalities and achievements in culture, science and art. Until 2008, the Corporation was fully owned by the Government of Israel. During 2008, it was privatized. Throughout the years, since its inception until the present, the Corporation has strictly maintained its original character and values, just as Ben Gurion had envisioned.Website