NGC Security Center
Although the vast majority of NGC holders in the marketplace are genuine, there are occasionally reports of counterfeit or tampered NGC holders. To learn how you can better protect yourself from counterfeit or tampered holders, explore the resources below.
How NGC Protects You
NGC Holder and Label Security Features
The NGC holder and certification label employ advanced security features to protect against counterfeiting and tampering. Click to learn more >
Verify NGC Certification
Additionally, since October 2008 nearly every coin that NGC has graded has been imaged in the NGC holder prior to being returned to the submitter. These images, along with NGC’s certification data, can be helpful to assess an NGC holder’s authenticity. Images and certification data are available for free in the Verify NGC Certification tool on the NGC website and well as NGC's mobile app.
NGC will consider all available options to pursue those who counterfeit or tamper with NGC holders and violate NGC's intellectual property rights. These attempts are illegal and not only infringe upon NGC's registered trademarks, but also violate both the Hobby Protection Act of 1973 and the Collectible Coin Protection Act of 2014.
Identifying Fraudulent Holders
Enter the unique NGC certification number in the Verify NGC Certification tool to compare the images taken by NGC to the coin that you are considering for purchase. Compare the coins, labels and holders to verify that they match. Note the numerous differences between the coins, labels and holders below.
What to Do When You Encounter Fraud
The simplest way to avoid fraud is to only buy from an NGC Authorized Dealer or other dealers you trust. If you have a counterfeit holder or see one for sale, contact NGC immediately. Include as much relevant information as you can – high-resolution images, receipts, proof of payment, etc. – to help NGC conduct its investigation.
If you believe you are a victim of holder fraud, you should also contact the seller and request a refund. NGC will use its best efforts to assist a seller in following the chain of custody to the original seller of the counterfeit to seek a refund. Please note that the NGC Guarantee does not apply to coins that reside in counterfeit or tampered holders.
NGC contact information:
Attn: Consumer Awareness Department
P.O. Box 4776
Sarasota, FL 34230