Corp. recently encountered a submission of American Eagle
gold bullion coins that included two 2012-dated $50 face value,
supposedly 1-ounce gold pieces that turned out to be counterfeits.
According to NGC, on both counterfeits, details are
"exceptionally flat" and the face and hair of Liberty on the
obverse are poorly defince. Recessed horizontal lines appear through
Liberty's legs, the result of low striking pressure used in
manufacturing the pieces, according to NGC.
The letters of the legends and the numerals are of the wrong style.
On a genuine 2012 American Eagle 1-ounce
gold bullion coin, the 2s in the date exhibit small serifs, but on
the counterfeits, the digits appear sans serif.
The color is also off for the counterfeits, which appear more
greenish in hue than gold.
While NGC graders believe the counterfeits were struck on planchets
having a composition other than gold alloy, the grading service did
not conduct further analysis after examination of the design prompted
the conclusion the two pieces were fake.
Max Spiegel, vice president of sales and marketing for NGC's parent,
Certified Collectibles Group, said when the pieces were identified as
counterfeit, they were returned to the submitter.
Spiegel said NGC has two programs for submitters of large quantities
of modern bullion coins, and he provided the following information:
"NGC offers its bulk submitters an Authenticated Bullion
program for modern coins. Coins certified under the Authentication
Bullion program are guaranteed to have the stated precious metal
content. The fees are lower to make this a more attractive option for
bullion coins. Here's a link to more information: http://www.ngccoin.com/specialty-services/bullion/.
"We also offer a Certified Roll program for American Silver
Eagles that has become quite popular. These coins are guaranteed
authentic and the fee per coin is also lower to make this an
economical option. We offer this to our bulk submitters as well.
Here's a link: http://www.ngccoin.com/coin-grading/holders/certified-coin-rolls.aspx."