Authenticated Stamp Guaranty™ (ASG®) will conduct on-site authentication, grading and encapsulation of stamps in Hong Kong in May 2020. This is the first time that ASG, an affiliate of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®), Numismatic Conservation Services® (NCS®) and Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®), has offered on-site grading in Hong Kong.
On-site grading allows submitters to receive a significantly faster turnaround time for their submissions. As an added benefit, ASG will not charge any additional fees for on-site stamp grading.
ASG was established in 2017 to provide an accurate, consistent and impartial assessment of a stamp’s authenticity and grade, replicating the successful models used by NGC for coins and PMG for banknotes. ASG has already certified approximately 100,000 stamps, each one backed by the comprehensive ASG Guarantee of authenticity and grade, which provides significantly greater protection to collectors.
ASG employs a team of expert stamp graders whose combined experience results in unparalleled accuracy and consistency. To ensure impartiality, ASG and its full-time graders do not buy and sell stamps commercially, and strict procedures are in place to prevent consultants from influencing the grades assigned to their own submissions.
Stamps are graded according to an internationally accepted grading scale of 1 to 100, which is considered to be the industry standard.
After authentication and grading, stamps are encapsulated in ASG holders, which are made of high-quality, inert materials to provide an elegant display and long-term preservation. Numerous security features, including an advanced hologram, protect against counterfeiting.
“ASG is thrilled to provide its expert stamp grading services on-site in Hong Kong for the first time in May 2020,” says Steven R. Eichenbaum, CEO of ASG and its affiliated companies. “As philately continues to thrive in Hong Kong, we look forward to making our expertise increasingly available to collectors in the region.”
Stamps eligible for the ASG Hong Kong On-site Grading Event include most stamps issued by the People’s Republic of China, including Hong Kong and Macau, from 1950 to present. Chinese stamps issued during the Cultural Revolution, Chinese stamps issued before the establishment of the People’s Republic of China and stamps from other countries will be accepted on a case-by-case basis only.
The ASG Hong Kong On-site Grading Event will be held May 11-15, 2020, at the office of NGC Hong Kong, Ltd. (NGC Hong Kong), ASG’s Hong Kong affiliate. An NGC Hong Kong Modern Coins On-site Grading Event will be held at the same time.
Submissions must be received by Monday, May 11, to be eligible. All submissions are expected to be ready for pickup on Monday, May 18.
Submissions will be accepted from paid ASG Collector members and ASG Authorized Dealers. ASG submission privileges are included for no additional fee for all paid NGC and PMG Collector members. NGC and PMG Authorized Dealers who wish to submit for ASG grading can contact NGC Hong Kong for a simple application.
Not a member? For just $25 per year, you can gain direct submission privileges to ASG, NGC, and PMG.
ASG Hong Kong Submission Forms will be posted to ASGstamps.hk in January.
For more information and to submit, contact NGC Hong Kong:
Suites 1208-10, 12/F, Tower 1,
The Gateway, Harbour City
25 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui,
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2115-3639
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About Authenticated Stamp Guaranty™ (ASG®)
ASG was established in 2017 to provide an accurate, consistent and impartial assessment of a stamp’s authenticity and grade. ASG employs a team of expert stamp graders who are prohibited from buying and selling stamps commercially to ensure impartiality. Every stamp that ASG certifies is backed by the comprehensive ASG Guarantee, which helps to protect consumers. Learn more at ASGstamps.com.