Articles

Counterfeit Slabs and Coins

Counterfeit Slabs and Coins F. Michael “Skip” Fazzari (Originally published in the “Making the Grade” column of Numismatic News)   Our hobby is under attack in a way that calls for some drastic changes in order to protect the marketplace from a new plague of deceptive counterfeits.  In two columns,...
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The Fabric of Coins

The Fabric of Coins F. Michael “Skip” Fazzari (Originally published in the “Making the Grade” column of Numismatic News) The characteristics of a coin’s surface – its color and “fabric” – can provide important clues to its authenticity.  While color is an easy term to grasp, many readers may not...
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Evolution of Surface Alterations

Evolution of Surface Alterations F. Michael “Skip” Fazzari (Originally published in the “Making the Grade” column of Numismatic News)   Early in my career as a professional numismatist specializing in authentication and grading, I made the determination that I didn’t care to know how a counterfeit coin was made or...
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Please try these grading tips at home

A series of tips from ICG grader Skip Fazzari on grading coins. Originally published in the "Making the Grade" column of Numismatic News, August 20, 2013...
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Counterfeit GSA Found at Summer FUN in Orlando, FL

On the last day of the Summer F.U.N. Show in Orlando, Randy Campbell, ICG Senior Grader and silver dollar authority, was asked to give his opinion on the grade of a GSA silver dollar still in its plastic holder but without the outer box. ...
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