NGC Signs Exclusive Signature Label Deal with Stephen J. Fuller, Coin Designer

Posted on 5/24/2023

Fuller is known for his recent work on New Zealand's King Charles III Coronation series, for which he designed the King's effigy.

Stephen J. Fuller, a renowned artist and coin designer, has agreed to individually hand-sign certification labels exclusively for Numismatic Guaranty Company® (NGC®). Fuller is known for his work with New Zealand Post Collectables, Downies in Australia and other design agencies across New Zealand.

The Stephen Fuller-designed 2023 New Zealand Silver Dollar graded NGC PF 70 Ultra Cameo. Please note: The King Charles III side of the coin is shown with the front of the holder for illustrative purposes.
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The King Charles III Coronation series designed by Fuller consists of six coins featuring the King to celebrate his coronation on May 6, 2023. The coins feature a striking effigy of King Charles III, which was also designed by Fuller. The effigy is slated to be used on future commemorative coins.

When presented with the effigy design, King Charles III himself gave Fuller’s work his personal approval.

A highly experienced painter, illustrator and creator, Fuller has created several numismatic designs for agencies across New Zealand, which include:

  • The Southern Brown Kiwi series – 2023
  • The Little Spotted Kiwi series – 2022
  • The Brown Kiwi series – 2021
  • The Auckland Island Merganser – 2021
  • The Discover New Zealand Kowhai – 2021
  • The Kaikoura New Zealand Sperm Whale – 2018
  • The Ned Kelly Story – 2015
  • The First World War 100 Years, Lest We Forget series (1914-1918)
    • (1918) Back from the Brink – 2018
    • (1917) The Darkest Hour – 2017
    • (1916) Courage and Commitment – 2016
    • (1915) The Spirit of Anzac – 2015
    • (1914) For King and Empire – 2014

“Coins are a wonderful medium in which to work,” Fuller said. “They demand patience, craft and discipline — but the hard work is well worth the wait. I am proud to collaborate with NGC to reach more collectors who appreciate the artistry and history of modern coinage.”

When asked about the King Charles III Coronation coins, Fuller said, "It's not every day you get to put your initials next to a King's effigy."

In addition to his extensive work on coins, Fuller has worked on 22 intricate stamp issues for New Zealand Post. He has also built a global following for his work in the style of the Art Deco epoch, and his illustrations have been recognized and awarded, both in New Zealand and overseas.

NGC Authentic Hand-Signed Labels pair a notable person’s autograph with a coin to create a one-of-a-kind collectible. Fuller joins the roster of talented individuals who sign exclusively for NGC. To learn more about the NGC Authentic Hand-Signed Labels program and its many renowned signers, click here.

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