Authorities recently charged a man with selling counterfeit coins in fake Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) slabs to pawn shops in the Minneapolis area. It’s important to remember this type of illegal activity is happening throughout the country and collectors should take the necessary steps to protect their investments.
To aid members in identifying counterfeits, the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) Florence Schook School of Numismatics, in collaboration with the Raleigh Coin Club (RCC), is offering “Introduction to Counterfeit Detection” on October 18-19.
Introduction to Counterfeit Detection (2-Day Seminar)
This hands-on seminar will look at the various types of counterfeits produced and how to authenticate them. From cast fakes and electrtypes to various high quality struck counterfeits, students will learn the diagnostics to spot the fakes and characteristics found on genuine specimens.
The course will cover Colonial coinage through gold coinage, as well as modern Chinese-made counterfeits and bullion issues. Students will also learn diagnostics and techniques for detecting altered dates and mint marks. Hundreds of coins from the ANA’s counterfeit detection set will be available to study and self-testing.
- Instructor: Brian Silliman, professional numismatist, Brian Silliman Rare Coins, and former NGC grader/conserver and ANA authenticator/conserver.
- Time: 9am to 5pm, Wednesday -Thursday, October 18-19, 2017
- Tuition: $259 for ANA and Raleigh Coin Club members; $359 for non-members. $40 off if you’re an ANA Life Member!
- Location: Fellowship Hall, 2011 Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607