Many collectors gain greater appreciation for a coin when its provenance may be linked to a prominent collector of the past. Names such as Eliasberg, Norweb, Garrett and Pittman provide an additional sense of history to even the most ordinary coin, and true numismatists seek to preserve this important record of previous ownership.
Many collectors gain greater appreciation for a coin
when its provenance may be linked to a prominent collector
of the past. Names such as Eliasberg, Norweb, Garrett
and Pittman provide an additional sense of history to
even the most ordinary coin, and true numismatists seek
to preserve this important record of previous ownership.
For the past several years NGC has included on our coin
labels and in our Census Report the names of
these individuals and other important source information
whenever a link could be positively established.
The only drawback to this policy is that this adds
further lines of text to our Census Report. We've
received some complaints from collectors and dealers
about having to read down several lines to determine
just what is a particular coin's certified population.
While this is true also of NGC's variety listings, the
main argument seems to be against pedigrees. After giving
the matter considerable thought, we've established some
guidelines for pedigree inclusion.
Since names such as those listed above are of interest
to a large number of collectors and dealers, we will
continue to include them both on the coin label and
in our Census Report. The same will apply to
important coin hoard names such as Binion and Redfield,
which likewise have a broad appeal. At NGC's discretion,
we will continue to apply less significant pedigree
and promotional names to the coin's label, but this
supplemental information will not be included in the
online and hardcopy editions of our Census Report.
These coins will appear within the regular listing for
their particular dates and mints.
Examples of names that may be included on the label
alone are NGC Registry Set names, personalizations (such
as the name of a relative or your hometown) and pedigrees
of collections that are not of long-term significance
to numismatics. To be documented in NGC's Census
Report a pedigree must, in the opinion of NGC, be
of lasting value to numismatics or record previous ownership
by a person of established importance to history (ex:
Andrew Jackson, Matthew Perry). Since such perceptions
do change over time, it is possible that coins presently
receiving a separate listing may be relocated to the
general population in the future.
This policy will take several months to fully implement,
so you may notice some contradictions during this period.
If you have any questions about which pedigrees and
supplemental text qualifies for NGC's Census Report,
you may direct these to NGC Research Director David
For raw coin submissions and Crossover submissions,
pedigrees will be applied (at NGC's discretion) for
no additional charge. Simply include this information
on the submission form. For coins already certified
by NGC, pedigrees may be applied using NGC's Designation
Review service. The fee for this service is $10, which
includes the cost of reholdering the coin.