NGC Grades On-site at Hong Kong International Coin Show

NGC grades on-site in Asia at the Hong Kong International Coin Show.

NGC’s successful participation in last month’s Hong Kong International Coin Show was evidence of great growth in the China market. From August 22-26, NGC representatives graded on-site at the show, marking the company's first experience grading in Asia. Significant submissions of Chinese collections highlighted the weekend, and collectors and dealers alike enjoyed the convenience of on-site grading.

“The diversity of the coins that we saw in the grading room was unprecedented in several respects because this event provided the opportunity for us to grade coins that don’t appear very frequently outside of China,” commented Ken Krah, NGC vice president and head of NGC’s World coin grading department.

One particular submission caught everyone’s attention, an extremely rare 1911 Long Whisker Pattern Gold Dollar. The coin originally came from the Egypt palace collection of King Farouk, first appearing at the 1954 Farouk Collection auction. It was next seen at the 1971 Kann Collection auction and then appeared in the Chang Foundation. With a superb condition of NGC MS 63, it is one of the rarest and most desirable Chinese coins extant.

While in China, NGC also partnered with Numismatic Conservation Services and Champion Auction to co-host a grading seminar at the Hyatt Regency in Hong Kong. The speakers for this seminar, held on August 21, included Kenneth C. Krah, Dave Camire, president of NCS, and Michael Chou, CEO of iAsure Group. The event focused on the services provided by NGC and NCS, and was attended by an engaged and enthusiastic group.

David J. Camire of NCS discusses professional conservation
in front of a packed room.

The seminar was an opportunity to meet with engaged collectors
and dealers, and allowed for hands-on instruction.

NGC’s next event in China will be the Beijing International Coin Expo, held November 7 to 10, 2010. Although on-site grading will not be offered, NGC will be accepting coins through its Guangzhou, China, affiliate office.

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