THE NGC COIN GRADING TEAM
NGC currently employs more than 20 full time coin graders. Among them are the most skilled
and acclaimed professionals in the field, making the NGC team the greatest assemblage
of coin graders in history. Following are brief biographies of the senior members
of NGC's coin grading team.
Mark Salzberg, NGC Chairman
One of the world's most respected numismatists, Mark Salzberg has been working in
the industry for over twenty years and joined NGC in 1988. Named ANA's Numismatist
of the Year in 2006, he is a Life Member of the ANA, received the ANA's Presidential
Award in 1998 and is also a member of the Professional Numismatist Guild (PNG).
Mark helped create the US Mint's H.I.P. Pocket Change Program, designed to educate
and spark youth interest in collecting. Career highlights include grading some of
the world's most high profile coins, and sponsoring the Smithsonian Institution Legendary Coins
& Currency exhibit with endowment and conservation of some of the country's
most treasured artifacts. He is widely credited for his central role in standardizing
and promoting the use of today's highly precise coin grading scale, an essential
component of the coin industry's development. Mark has also published numerous articles
and continues to be one of the leaders in the area of numismatics.
Rick Montgomery, President
Many industry peers consider Rick Montgomery to be the coin industry's greatest
authenticator. Prior to joining NGC in 2002, Rick worked for ANACS and also served
as President of PCGS for five years. A veteran numismatist and key figure in
the field, Montgomery co-authored the NGC Grading Guide for Modern US Coins
and contributed to the PCGS grading and counterfeit detection guide. He has also
written numerous articles for the American Numismatic Association. Career highlights
include grading the great rarities, famed coins such as 1804 Dollars, Ultra High
Reliefs, and 1913 Liberty Nickels. He is also highly knowledgeable in and an active
collector of ancient coins.
Kenneth C. Krah, Vice President
Since an early childhood trip to a coin shop with his grandfather, Krah has been
hooked on coins. Before coming to NGC, Krah owned his own coin business in Portsmouth,
New Hampshire. A professional numismatist since 1979 and an ANA Life Member, Krah
has also taught Advanced US Coin Grading for the ANA and written several articles
on English coins. Today, Ken Krah oversees NGC's world coin grading program and
is one of the leading experts on world coinage. Career highlights include grading
a complete collection of US minor proof sets from 1856-1915, as well as the Wells
Fargo Gold Hoard and the Damon, Eliasberg and Millennia collections.
Scott Schechter, Vice President
Scott Schechter’s first formal job in numismatics was in 1994 as an intern at the Smithsonian Institution, working with the National Numismatic Collection. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in history of science, he became a dealer in US coins for Pinnacle Rarities. In 2005, he joined Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, where he is now vice president and works as a grader of US coins. At NGC he has also worked on the development of the NGC Registry and online collection-management tools. Scott has lectured for the Professional Numismatists Guild and spoken about coin certification at many conventions in the United States and abroad, including the Beijing International Coin Expo in China and the World Money Fair in Germany. He is a co-author of 100 Greatest US Modern Coins, published in 2010.
David Vagi, Finalizer and Director NGC Ancients
A lifelong numismatist, David Vagi has specialized in ancient Greek and Roman coins since 1985. He entered the field as a staff writer for Coin World, and later worked as a numismatist for Christie's, Superior Stamp and Coin, Spink America and Smythe, and operated Delphi International Ancient Arts. For nearly 20 years he has penned columns for leading industry publications including The Celator, Numismatic News, World Coin News, The Numismatist and Coin World. His two-volume Coinage and History of the Roman Empire earned 'book of the year' awards from the IAPN, PNG and NLG. He is a life member and Fellow of the ANS, and a life member of the ANA, for which he has taught weeklong courses on ancient coins since 1994.
David W. Lange, Research Director
The author of seven books on United States numismatics, David's writing has received
numerous awards and accolades from both the ANA and the NLG. David is the former
President of the Pacific Coast Numismatic Society, the California State Numismatic
Association and the New Jersey Numismatic Society, is an ANA Presidential Award
recipient, and currently has memberships in the ANA, NLG, ANS, LSCC, EAC, BCCS and
the Rittenhouse Society. Career highlights include the launching of NGC's Photo
Proof and writing historical copy for the US Mint's Web site and H.I.P. Pocket Change
program. His specialties have included Seated Liberty silver, Philippine coinage
under US administration and British coinage from 1816-1970. In 2007, he published
the first comprehensive reference to Coin Collecting Boards of the 1930's and 1940's.