Certified Collectibles Group Forms Strategic Alliance in Taiwan

Posted on 4/7/2009

The new partnership with iAsure Group and the Taipei Numismatic Society (TNS) is expected to increase CCG certification and conservation in the critical Southeast Asia coin and currency markets.

[Taipei, Taiwan] — Certified Collectibles Group (CCG) has formed an exclusive partnership with iAsure Group and the Taipei Numismatic Society (TNS) to operate a coin and currency submission center in Taiwan. Key in this alliance is the expected growth of CCG certification and conservation in the critical Southeast Asia coin and currency markets. Collectors and dealers in the Taiwan region will realize increased efficiencies via a pre-screening service with the capability to expedite shipments of numismatic collectibles to CCG in the USA.

"We're very proud to partner with TNS and iAsure, market leaders in Southeast Asia, to make CCG's services more accessible than ever before. CCG is committed to expanding our business into the Asian market and this further solidifies our leadership position in Southeast Asia. This new submission center provides collectors safe and secure handling of their coins as well the benefit of our guarantee and certification expertise which is preferred worldwide," comments Steven R. Eichenbaum, CCG Chief Executive Officer.

CCG, through its member organizations, provides industry-leading grading and conservation services for the collectibles market. Among those working under the banner of CCG to build confidence in the collectible markets is Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), the leading coin certification company having graded more than 16 million coins. Additionally, Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS), the only professional agency devoted to the conservation of coins and medals, and Paper Money Guaranty (PMG), the leading currency certification company, will add their trusted names to this exciting partnership.

iAsure CCG TNS Press Event

Press conference in Taipei, March 29, 2009. From left to right: Michael Chou, iAssure Founder and CEO, Chou Chien Fu, TNS President, and Steven Eichenbaum, CCG Chief Executive Officer.

TNS is the oldest and most active numismatic association in Taiwan. Established in 1978, the principle objective of TNS is to develop cultural research in Chinese numismatics to build and support the continual growth of the Asian coin market. TNS is an active publisher of coin journals and newsletters as well as the host of numerous trade seminars and exhibitions. Having received the highly regarded approval of Taiwan's Ministry of Finance, members of TNS include prominent collectors and dealers. Currently, the Society’s president is Mr. Chou Chien Fu.

iAsure Group is a leading company in technology services and collectible auctions. Among its many subsidiaries, iAsure operates Champion Hong Kong Auction, a leading coin and currency auction house in Hong Kong, and the Journal of East Asia Numismatics website (JEAN), www.dongya.info, a numismatic research website. From 2001 to 2005, iAsure held a series of eBay co-brand, online numismatic auctions in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and China. The first eBay Preferred Service Partner (PSP) in Asia, iAsure collaborated with the Internet auction powerhouse on over 30 technology and marketing projects in Asia. Expanding its online presence in 2006, iAsure teamed up with Beijing Chenxuan Auctions and eBay Eachnet to host the first eBay Live Auction in China. The following year, Champion Hong Kong Auction brought the eBay Live Auction platform to Hong Kong, successfully attaining record prices in six auctions.

Collectors of Chinese coinage have shown a preference for NGC-certified coins due to its guarantee of authenticity. Should a coin that it has certified not meet standards considered genuine, NGC will provide a money-back guarantee. This professional assurance adds trade credibility by removing significant risks for collectors as well as increasing buyer confidence.

Certified Collectibles Group member companies are independent and third-party to the marketplace. Adhering to strict CCG rules, members do not engage in the commercial buying and selling of collectibles. Numismatic member companies NGC, NCS and PMG operate from CCG headquarters in Sarasota, Florida, USA. For more information, contact CCG at 941.360.3994 or online at www.collectiblesgroup.com.