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Conserving Counterfeit Coins

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I just received a coin back from NCS stating that it is counterfeit. It was submitted for conservation and grading. No conservation work was performed.


Would NCS be willing to conserve the coin even though it is counterfeit? I understand grading it is out of the question.

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Typically we would not conserve a coin determined to be a counterfeit. Once a coin is determined to be a counterfeit, its value in the marketplace under most circumstances would be very near zero. We would not be comfortable conserving and charging for a coin that is not what the submitter thought it was.


There may also be a question of the metallic make up of a counterfeit piece which could have an impact on how it may be conserved. If we do not know the metallic make up the best course of action is usually to leave the piece as it is. We do not want to harm a piece.


If you do have a piece that you know if a counterfeit, or has a good possibility of being a counterfeit, feel free to include a note on your submission form for us to conserve it regardless of its authenticity. If the case is one in which we feel conservation may harm the piece, you would be contacted regarding that coin.


Chris, NCS

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