NGC Policy for Edited Images and Stock Photos

Posted on 7/9/2013

NGC's guidelines for editing images of NGC holders and using stock photos of NGC-certified coins.

Many internet sellers use stock photos of NGC-certified coins and in some limited situations it might be necessary to edit a photo of an NGC holder. Under no circumstances should this image misrepresent or mislead. Acceptable examples of when a seller may edit an image of an NGC holder include:

  • A new release is being pre-sold and it is not yet possible to obtain an image of the coin in an NGC holder. It should be clear that the coins are being pre-sold.
  • An NGC-certified coin has been resubmitted for a new label and the image of the NGC holder is edited to reflect the new label. The grade and other certification details may not be altered.

An image of an NGC-certified coin may not be edited to show a coin that has a grade different from the grade stated on the label. (For example, the label says MS 69 but the image was edited to show a coin graded MS 70.) The coin cannot be edited to disguise or remove impairments. Similar deceptive practices are not acceptable. Violations of this policy may result in the suspension or termination of NGC Authorized Dealer status or NGC Collectors Society membership, and/or any other actions that NGC consider necessary.

If you have any questions, please contact NGC Customer Service at or 1-800-NGC-COIN.

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, NGC, the NGC logo and the NGC holder design are the registered or unregistered trademarks of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation in the U.S. and internationally.

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