NGC'S CERTIFICATION SERVICES FOR US AND WORLD TOKENS AND MEDALS

Posted on 1/2/2012

NGC certifies the widest range of Exonumia and Americana.

This list of materials that we officially authenticate, attribute and grade is periodically updated as we continue to expand the service. We offer certified grading for most of these materials using our regular and Oversize holders; however, a color photo certificate may be issued if your item is too large or too fragile to be encapsulated.

Tokens and medals should be submitted under regular service tiers based on value. Variety attribution, where applicable, is included in service.

US Tokens and Medals

  • Early American, Hard Times, Merchant and Trade Tokens as listed in Rulau
  • Civil War Tokens
    • Civil War Store Card and Patriotic Tokens, as listed in Fuld references
    • Civil War Sutler Tokens, as listed in Schenkman
    • Monitor & Merrimac Tokens and Medals, as listed in Schenkman
    • Bashlow restrikes of CSA 1c and 50c
  • California Fractional Gold Pieces, Periods One and Two, along with several Period Three pieces, as listed in Breen-Gillio. For more information, click here.
  • Indian Nations Coinage
    • Shawnee Sovereign Nation
    • Poarch Creek Sovereign Nation
  • Political Tokens and Medals
    • Campaign tokens and medals, as listed in DeWitt / Sullivan reference
  • Robbins Space Medals, as listed in Weinberger references
  • So-Called Dollars, as listed in Hibler & Kappen (excluding HK-908 & HK-909)
  • So-Called Half Dollars, including but not limited to C. Smith issues and Heraldic Art Medals
  • US Mint Medals
    • American Arts Commemorative Series and Wildlife Refuge
  • World’s Fair and Expositions
    • World’s Columbian Exposition Tokens and Medals, as listed in Eglit
    • 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair Tokens and Medals, as listed in Hendershott

World Tokens and Medals

  • Australian Tokens, as listed in Andrews reference
  • British Tokens and Medals
    • 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century tokens, as listed in Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles and Mitchner reference
    • 17th-century tokens, as listed in Dickinson, Akerman and Thompson references
    • 18th-century tokens, as listed in Dalton & Hamer, Bell and Atkins references
    • 19th-century tokens, as listed in Bell, Davis and Withers references
    • British medals, as listed in Medallic Illustration, British Historical Medals and Eimer references
    • British Commonwealth Military Tokens, as listed in Yarwood reference
  • British Caribbean and Bermuda Tokens, as listed in Lyall
  • Canadian Tokens as listed in Breton & Charlton references
  • Canadian Fractional Gold Tokens, as listed in Greene & Locke reference
  • Chinese Medals, see important note below
  • Germany
    • Balloon, Zepplin & Aircraft Medals, as listed in Kaiser reference
    • Karl Goetz Medals, as listed in Kienast reference
    • Medals, as listed in Zetzmann reference
  • France
    • French medals, 1515-1958 as listed in Mitchner reference
  • Hawaiian Tokens and Medals, as listed in Medcalf & Russell reference
  • Latin American Tokens, as listed in Rulau reference
  • Latin American Proclamation Medals, as listed in Medina and Fonrobert reference
  • Mexican Medals, as listed in Grove references
  • Philippine Tokens and Medals, as listed in Basso reference
  • Russian Medals, as listed in Diakov references
  • Swiss Shooting Medals (1612–1939), as listed in the Martin & Richter references
  • World Transportation Tokens, as listed in Smith & Smith references

Important Note: Chinese Medals Certified by NGC

NGC will only grade and encapsulate modern Chinese medals that have been made at one of the four official Mints of China (Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Shenzhen Guobao). While NGC maintains a large record of official Chinese medals, we cannot guarantee that we can attribute all medals sent to us.

In order for NGC to attribute and grade any official Chinese Medal (or Medallion), we request that any medal submitted to us have the appropriate verification documentation (or certificate of authenticity issued by the People’s Bank of China [China Mint Company]). Verification documentation should include the date of the medal (or year struck/issued), diameter and metal content, mint it was struck at, and the mintage. Failure to include this information could result in the medal being returned un-graded with a note signifying the coin to be Non Eligible.

Three examples of Chinese medals that are eligible for NGC certification (all of which where struck at the Shanghai Mint, China) are:

  • 1984 Hong Kong Expo – Panda Silver 1 Ounce, Proof, 1,000 Minted
  • 1989 Folk Gods Series: Maitreya Buddha Gold ¼ Ounce, Proof, 5,000 Minted
  • 1989 Zhao Gongming Silver 3.3 Ounces, Proof, 2,430 Minted
  • Check this listing periodically as new material types are added.

    NGC reserves the right to attribute based on the most commonly used or available reference when an item is listed in more than one subject reference. You can request that a particular reference be used; however, it will be attributed to the reference normally used and that serves as the basis of the listing in the Census Report at the discretion of NGC.

    We will make an effort to certify most US, European and Latin American tokens and medals not yet included in this list. However, if you have a token or medal that is not listed here, contact us to find out if your medal is eligible for NGC certification before you submit it.

    Updated January 2, 2012

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