Scott Schechter of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation also forwarded this release, which should be welcome news to collectors and researchers. For years it seemed, one had "to know someone who knows someone" to get access to get laboratory analyses of a coin or medal's metallic composition. Now NGC is offering this as a regular service.
NGC is introducing a new service line to perform metal composition testing at the submitter's request. Metallurgic analysis is available for pattern, essay, trial and mint error coins, as well as tokens and medals. The cost of this service is $75 in addition to the NGC grading fee. Coins already certified and encapsulated by NGC can be re-submitted to NGC for metal testing and re-encapsulation for the flat fee of $75.
NGC performs composite surface scans of coins using x-ray fluorescence. While the tests are entirely non-invasive, they do allow NGC to peer beneath surface plating and any contaminants. Methods used by NGC are so gentle, however, that they can even be performed on coins that are still encapsulated. After testing, the results of analysis will appear on the NGC certification label along with the weight of the tested coin.
NGC lists the three most abundant non-trace metals present on the coin's surface.
Metallurgic analysis is performed at NGC's facility by trained technicians. The turnaround time required for this service is approximately three-days in addition to the standard turnaround time for the accompanying service request. After certification is completed, tested coins are encapsulated in the Scratch-Resistant EdgeView® holder.
“NGC has used metal composition analysis for authentication purposes routinely, but we always believed that there was also a role for it to play in more precise attribution. Certainly this service will be a boon to collectors of pattern coins,” comments Rick Montgomery, NGC President.
NGC CEO, Steve Eichenbaum states that, “This service launch was really predicated on the availability of highly advanced and new technology. At NGC, we take innovation very seriously, and we continue to implement new services whenever we believe that they will meet the needs of collectors and numismatic professionals.”
Any questions about submission procedures or this new offering can be directed to NGC customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone toll-free at 1-800-NGC-COIN (642-2646).
To read the complete press release, see:
NGC Launches New Metallurgic Analysis Service
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