So-Called Dollars Included in NGC Census

Posted on 6/5/2006

On June 1, 2006, NGC added So-Called Dollars to its Census Report. The NGC Census is a comprehensive listing of all the coins that NGC has certified, detailing the total number certified of each issue along with a breakdown by grade. The So-Called Dollars category is the first major addition of medals to the NGC Census since NGC began its certification service for medals four years ago.

As a series, So-Called Dollars are among the most widely collected of all US medals. So-Called Dollars are medals of near-dollar size and were primarily issued as commemoratives for national, local or regional events, but also commemorated famous personalities. Popular subjects were World’s Fairs and Expositions such as the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition and the 1933-34 Century of Progress Exposition. Other notable So-Called Dollars include the famous Lesher Referendum Dollars.

The NGC Census organizes So-Called Dollars by “HK” number, the catalogue number assigned to them in the standard reference to the series, So-Called Dollars, written by Harold Hibler and Charles Kappen in 1963. As of its launch, the So-Called Dollars category of the Census includes over 3,000 individual medals. While most are attributed to HK numbers described in the 1963 reference book, several off-metal strikes and other varieties have been attributed by NGC, which are included in the Census. NGC will soon be adding medals collected alongside this series, but omitted from the original reference work.

This NGC Census is available for free on NGC’s website,, and in a printed report available quarterly by subscription. Medals and tokens grading is available from NGC under regular tier grading. Questions regarding the NGC Census or medals grading can be directed to NGC Customer service by phone at 1-800-NGC-COIN or by email at Service@NGCcoin.

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