NGC and PMG Named Official Grading Services of MA-Shops

Posted on 3/23/2020

In addition, NCS is appointed the Official Conservation Service of the popular online numismatic marketplace.

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) and Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) have been named the Official Grading Services of MA-Shops®, a 15-year-old online numismatic marketplace. In addition, Numismatic Conservation Services™ (NCS®) has been named MA-Shops’ Official Conservation Service.

NGC, NCS and PMG are independent members within the Certified Collectibles Group® (CCG®).

MA-Shops, an online marketplace that offers nearly 1 million ancient, vintage and modern coins, medals, banknotes, militaria and other collectibles at, is based in Bocholt, Germany, near the border with the Netherlands. The company also has an office in Sarasota, Florida, USA, not far from CCG’s global headquarters. MA-Shops screens dealers based on strict criteria before approving them to work with it. Its website has been certified for safety and security for buyers, sellers and their transactions.

Founder and CEO Joachim Schwiening said his company’s commitment to integrity and transparency made it logical to choose NGC and PMG as its Official Grading Services and NCS as its Official Conservation Service.

“Selecting NGC, NCS and PMG as our official grading and conservation services was an easy decision,” Schwiening said. “They have built a worldwide reputation for expertise and integrity, and their services provide great value for collectors and dealers, particularly in this era of online sales.”

Steven R. Eichenbaum, CEO of CCG, said, “MA-Shops has enhanced the numismatic marketplace by providing a platform where collectibles can be safely purchased from dealers who have been vetted. We are very pleased and honored for NGC, NCS and PMG to have been appointed as its official grading and conservation services.”

NGC has graded more than 45 million coins since it was founded in 1987 to provide expert and unbiased certification of coins, tokens and medals. PMG has graded nearly 5 million notes since it was formed in 2005 to provide certification services for paper money. NCS, a professional coin conservation service, has conserved more than 1 million coins since it was founded in 2001.

NGC, NCS and PMG are independent members within CCG and are headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, USA. The companies have branch offices in London, Munich, Hong Kong, China and Shanghai, China as well as a global network of Official Submission Centers, Strategic Partners and Authorized Dealers.

MA-Shops is a member of the American Numismatic Association, Florida United Numismatists, Women in Numismatics, Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists, Central States Numismatic Society and multiple European numismatic associations.

For more information about NGC and NCS, visit, and for more information about PMG, visit To learn more about MA-Shops, go to

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