The NGC 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 thirty 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 served as President of PCGS. 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. Rick received the PNG’s Art Kagin Ambassador Award in 2014. 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 been studying 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 the auction houses Christie’s, Superior Stamp and Coin, Spink America and R.M. Smythe before opening Delphi International Ancient Arts. For more than twenty years he has penned a column every month for a major numismatic publication, including Coin World, The Celator, Numismatic News, World Coin News and The Numismatist. His 1,294-page Coinage and History of the Roman Empire received ‘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 more than fifteen weeklong courses on ancient coinage.
David W. Lange, Research Director
The author of nine 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 Lifetime Achievement 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 VarietyPlus Services. His specialized areas of study have included Seated Liberty silver, Philippine coinage under US administration and British coinage from 1816-1970. Dave’s latest book details the history and publications of Robert Friedberg, including The Library of Coins and Treasury of Coins lines of albums.