NUMISMATIC GURANTEY CORPORATION (NCG)
When NGC was founded in 1987, it heralded the introduction of a new standard of integrity in coin grading. NGC is focused on only one objective, a standard of consistent and accurate coin grading. As NGC has grown to become one of the leaders in third-party grading services, they have maintained a steadfast and uncompromising commitment to this standard. The knowledge, integrity and dedication of NGC's team of numismatic professionals ensure a consistent high level of grading expertise. This record of consistency among the most respected third-party grading services has helped to foster greater stability throughout the rare coin marketplace.
Grading is a team effort, with at least two professional numismatists examining every coin. To maintain impartiality, NGC's coin graders cannot be involved in the commercial buying and selling of coins. Each coin is examined by one NGC coin grader at a time, who then enters the coin grade into the system. The NGC grading team's only interest is in determining accurate grades for coins. Once graded, the coin is sonically sealed in a holder made of inert material that won't affect the encapsulated coin.
PROFESSIONAL COIN GRADING SERVICE (PCGS)
Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is among the most respected names in third-party coin certification. By establishing a universal grading standard, PCGS has paved the way for coin enthusiasts to enjoy buying and selling coins with confidence.
The advent of the third-party appraisal of a coin's physical condition (which is the basis of its grade), backed by the PCGS Guarantee, provides a dependable form of protection for rare coin collectors. Their respected grading standards have enabled PCGS-graded coins to realize record prices in the marketplace.
In addition to standardized grading, PCGS offers a guarantee of grading accuracy and authenticity for each coin we encapsulate. With decades of combined experience, PCGS graders are selected from an elite group of world-class numismatic experts – some of the most respected and admired in the rare coin industry. When a submission is received, each coin goes through a step-by-step grading process which ensures the utmost care and consideration of the prized numismatic investment.
Each PCGS grading expert works independently in a controlled environment that provides optimum conditions for studying the characteristics and physical condition of each coin. A series of graders enters independent determinations in a computer database until a consensus is reached and the final grade is assigned. To augment their high level of experience, PCGS graders can refer to comprehensive grading sets of U.S. and international coins in order to adhere to PCGS grading standards.
PCGS certifies coins from over 100 countries including United States, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, Great Britain, France, Italy, China, Spain, Greece, Mexico, Russia, Canada, India, Hong Kong, Philippines, Australia, Singapore and African countries. PCGS standardized grading has forever changed the process of buying and selling coins, increasing confidence in buyers and sellers around the world.
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT
For most of Australia's history, the country's coinage was under the control of Britain's Royal Mint. Mints in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth struck the pennies, shillings and sovereigns used as currency. In the early 1960s Australia decided to change to a decimal system of coins, like that in the United States. The country also decided to take over its coinage responsibility from the Royal Mint. In 1965, the new Australian Royal Mint opened in Canberra, producing Australia's now familiar decimal coins. The mint has produced over eleven billion coins since its opening. In addition to Australian coins, it has struck coins for a dozen other countries. It's production of collector coins has been on the cutting edge of numismatics. In 2001 it stuck the world's first doublehologram coin. It's also a leader in the minting of bimetallic and color coins. The mint's Kangaroo Silver Dollar is coveted by collectors around the world and has won the prestigious Coin of the Year Award.
BRITAIN'S ROYAL MINT
Coins have been minted in England since the second century B.C. Britain's Royal Mint started striking coins 1,100 years ago. By 1279 it moved to the famous Tower of London, where it remained for 500 years, just a stone's throw from where Henry VIII's wives lost their heads! In the early 19th century The Royal Mint began striking one of the most famous coins in history: the Gold Sovereign, featuring St. Michael slaying the dragon. For nearly 200 years British Gold Sovereigns have been the world standard gold coin. They're still minted today using the original design struck in stunning deeply mirrored proof condition. In 1987, the mint began striking its popular Gold and Silver Britannia series. In addition to circulating coinage for the UK, the Royal Mint also mints coins for other countries as well as many commemorative items.
In a similar manner to the San Fransciso Mint in the United States, the Perth Mint opened in 1899 in response to the discovery of rich gold deposits in Western Australia. This caused Western Australia's first large scale gold rush with diggers flocking to the area and depositing their gold at The Perth Mint where it was refined and minted into coins. Due to this large amount of gold Britain;s Royal Mint established the mint to mainly strike Gold Half Sovereigns and Full Sovereigns.
In 1986 The Perth Mint struck it's first modern gold coin, the Gold nugget proof. Since that time the Mint has produced a steady stream of world renowned coin such as the Silver Lunar, Silver Kangaroo, Silver Kookaburra. The Mints reputation for innovation and producing coins of high quality is well known internationally. Perth's particular area of expertise is in producing high relief and proof coins.
THE SINGAPORE MINT
The Singapore Mint was established in 1968 by DrGohKengSwee, then Minister for Finance, to cater to circulation coin requirements after Singapore's independence.
Throughout the years, the Mint has constantly been at the forefront of new minting technologies, maximising on hybrid techniques to create high security and innovative features on circulation and commemorative coins.
Leveraging on their core competencies, the mint aims to provide customised corporate services, as well as quality currency-related gifts and collectibles, and lifestyle products and services, to the local and overseas markets. They are also proud to continually showcase highly innovative and meticulously designed products that appeal to a wider, growing audience.
The Singapore Mint has been awarded ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications. Now a fully integrated facility catering to program concept, product design, marketing, sales and distribution with after-sales services, we continue to strive towards enhancing our long-term technical capability and maximising customer satisfaction.
Moving forward, building upon the recognition and goodwill gained, the Mint aim to position it self as a prominent market leader in the international arena. As a leading mint and a pioneer of local industry, Singapore Mint pledges a unwavering commitment to customers, business associates and partners.
The Singapore Mint offers only the best in quality, value and service.
PRODUITS ARTISTIQUES METAUX PRECIEUX
PAMP is the world’s leading bullion brand, with dominant positions in the world’s major precious metals markets.Established in 1977 and based in Ticino, Switzerland, PAMP operates a state-of-the-art precious metals refinery and fabrication facility.
PAMP is an integral part of the MKS PAMP Group and, as such, operates closely with MKS (Switzerland) S.A.,leading, global precious metals and financial services company based in Geneva. With more than 50-years of trading expertise to support it, MKS (Switzerland) S.A. covers all financial and trading aspects of precious metals primarily for institutional investors. The MKS PAMP Group’s global reach, vertical integration and market specialisation enable it to service its clients with unparalleled market-flow information.
Throughout its history, PAMP has led the industry forward by introducing many breakthrough products and services.Indeed, many PAMP innovations have become industry best practices.
Internationally renowned for its know-how in precious metal processing and coin production, the Austrian Mint is a global player in the international minting industry and ranks among the world’s leading mints.
As well as striking some of the world best-selling bullion coins and an impressive range of collector coins and medals, we supply circulation coins and blanks to many countries worldwide. But first and foremost our duty is to produce the Republic of Austria’s euro circulation coins.
With more than 800 years of coin-making experience, since 1988 the Austrian Mint has operated as a private company and is the sole manufacturer of coinage to the Austrian people. This we still do at our handsome home right in the centre of Vienna.
The majestic building occupies one of the most prestigious locations in the Austrian capital and, historic though it may be, behind its classic façade lies our state-of-the-art production plant. Here, centuries of craftsmanship and tradition combine with some of the world’s leading coin-making technology, much of it developed and innovated by our very own numismatic experts.
Owned in its entirety by the Austrian Central Bank, the Austrian Mint employs more than 200 people and produces some 450 million coins a year.
Mint of Poland
Since 1766, Mennica Polska S.A. [The Mint of Poland] has been a leading issuer of coins and collector items both in Poland and in Europe. It was then that the Polish king, Stanisław August Poniatowski resolved to establish the mint. His intention was to found a company that would mint the most beautiful coins in the Old Continent. This mission is still being accomplished today.
Currently, Mennica Polska S.A. is the sole issuer of circulation and collector coins emitted by the National Bank of Poland. The designers and the minters complete orders for foreign emitters and numismatic firms as well..
BANCO DE MEXICO
Mexico’s national mint is the oldest coin producer in the Americas, dating back to 1535. The mint has manufactured legal tender coinage in the city of San Luis Potosí since 1983, including the Libertad bullion coins issued by the Banco de Mexico.
Established in 1535 on a decree from the Spanish Crown to create the first mint in the Americas, La Casa de Moneda de Mexico has been producing beautiful Gold and Silver coinage ever since. Their Silver 8 reales coin and Silver peso circulated throughout the Americas and Asia well into the 19th century and became the basis of many modern national currencies, including the U.S. dollar.
Now in addition to Mexican circulating coinage, the mint also produces beautiful commemoratives.
SOUTH AFRICAN MINT
The origins of the South African Mint go back 120 years to 1892 when the first state mint was opened in Pretoria. After massive amounts of gold were discovered in 1886, President Paul Kruger decided to mint the gold into coins in South Africa, rather than exporting it as bullion and re-importing it as coins. This experience served the country well when it introduced the world's first modern legal-tender gold bullion coin, the Krugerrand, in 1967. The Krugerrand was an immediate success with gold buyers around the world. It got an additional boost when the U.S. government lifted its ban on private gold ownership in 1975. Most collectors don't know it, but in addition to its regular Krugerrands, the mint has struck a small number of Proof Krugerrands over the years. Proof Krugerrands are highly sought after by collectors. Coins in the mint's award-winning Natura Gold Series featuring native African wildlife are believed by many to be the most beautiful gold wildlife coins ever minted. Struck in very low numbers, they are hard to find after their initial release.
NEW ZEALAND MINT
The New Zealand Mint has been minting legal tender collectible coins, gold bullion and medallions for more than four decades. As New Zealand's only precious metal mint and one of the first world mints to adopt the .9999 standard for gold coin purity, New Zealand Mint prides itself on high quality design and production work.
New Zealand Mint has been minting gold and silver bullion for over four decades and is well respected amongst the international bullion community. New Zealand Mint provides a service for investors globally to buy and sell internationally tradable bullion products. Our team of bullion traders offer an extensive range of the highest quality .999 silver and .9999 gold products and make buying and selling precious metals easy and convenient for our customers.
New Zealand Mint offers a boutique experience – a safe and discreet service which includes secure safety deposit box and allocated storage services in our state of the art high security facilities based at our head office in Auckland, New Zealand.
Leading the way with innovative coloured, silver and gold collectible coins, New Zealand Mint is known globally for quality and design excellence. Creative and attractive packaging makes our coins a great gift or a timeless collectible.
New Zealand Mint is a world leader in the production and marketing of precious metal collector coins and has released popular coin collections under licence for numerous global brands such as Disney, BBC (Doctor Who), Hasbro (Transformers, Monopoly, Magic the Gathering) ITV (Thunderbirds), Lucasfilms (Star Wars) and Anne Geddes.
ROYAL CANADIAN MINT / MONNAIE ROYALE CANADIENNE
Canada's first coins were struck in 1858 at the Royal Mint in London. It wasn't until 50 years later that Canada had its own mint. The Ottawa Branch of the Royal Mint opened in 1908. In 1931 the mint negotiated its independence from the Royal Mint and became the Royal Canadian Mint. Over the early years the mint produced coins for circulation, but not many commemorative coins. In 1967 Canada celebrated its 100th anniversary, and that year all the circulating coins were minted with commemorative designs. Since then the mint has been on the cutting edge of commemorative coin design and production. Probably the most well-known of the Canadian mint's coins is the Silver Maple Leaf, first minted in 1988 and struck every year since. With many award-winning coins and notable firsts, the Royal Canadian Mint is one of the most innovative mints in the world!