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Let Holdering Companies Know Certification Issues
This certification was reported to NGC as grade was deleted
As a rule, I never look at price guides but utilize NGC and PCGS certification websites to make sure the coin is authentic. The sites also provide the latest auction prices.
More than once I have checked certs only to find that a counterfeit was being offered in an estate auction because the holdering company photo differed from the auction one on the web. Here's an example .
As you can see from the photo above, the NGC database grade for the 1875-CC was deleted for some reason, and that had me worried. First off, the 1875-CC Gold Eagle is often counterfeited. The strike is typically soft, as this was; but at VG10, it was difficult to spot any characteristics to help me verify its authenticity.
I have found NGC to be particularly resourceful and helpful when issues arise in its online database.
On the bottom of every NGC coin certification, this notice appears: "If the information displayed above is incorrect or does not match the coin you are verifying, or if you believe that you have a counterfeit or tampered NGC holder, please contact ConsumerAwareness@ngccoin.com."