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Aes Grave
Aes Rude
The Age of Gallienus
Alexander Tetradrachms
Ancient Coin Collecting 101
Ancient Coin Prices 101
Ancient Coin Dates
Ancient Coin Lesson Plans
Ancient Coins & Modern Fakes
Ancient Counterfeits
Ancient Glass
Ancient Oil Lamps
Ancient Weapons
Ancient Wages and Prices
Ancient Weights and Scales
Anonymous Folles
Anonymous Follis
Anonymous Class A Folles
Antioch Officinae
Armenian Numismatics Page
Byzantine Denominations
A Cabinet of Greek Coins
Caesarean and Actian Eras
Campgates of Constantine
A Case of Counterfeits
Byzantine Christian Themes
Clashed Dies
Coins of Pontius Pilate
Conditions of Manufacture
Corinth Coins and Cults
Countermarked in Late Antiquity
Danubian Celts
Damnatio Coinage
Damnatio Memoriae
Denarii of Otho
Diameter 101
Die Alignment 101
Dictionary of Roman Coins
Doug Smith's Ancient Coins
Edict on Prices
ERIC - Rarity Tables
Etruscan Alphabet
The Evolving Ancient Coin Market
Facing Portrait of Augustus
Fel Temp Reparatio
Fertility Pregnancy and Childbirth
Friend or Foe
The Gallic Empire
Gallienus Zoo
Greek Alphabet
Greek Coins
Greek Dates
Greek Coin Denominations
Greek Mythology Link
Greek Numismatic Dictionary
Hellenistic Names & their Meanings
Hasmonean Dynasty
Helvetica's ID Help Page
The Hexastyle Temple of Caligula
Historia Numorum
Horse Harnesses
Identifying Ancient Metal Arrowheads
Illustrated Ancient Coin Glossary
Important Collection Auctions
Islamic Rulers and Dynasties
Julian II: The Beard and the Bull
Julius Caesar - The Funeral Speech
Kushan Coins
People in the Bible Who Issued Coins
Imperial Mints of Philip the Arab
Later Roman Coinage
Latin Plurals
Latin Pronunciation
Library of Ancient Coinage
Life in Ancient Rome
List of Kings of Judea
Malloy Weapons
Maps of the Ancient World
Military Belts
Mint Marks
Museum Collections Available Online
Nabataean Alphabet
Nabataean Numerals
The [Not] Cuirassed Elephant
Not in RIC
Numismatic Bulgarian
Numismatic Excellence Award
Numismatic French
Numismatic German
Numismatic Italian
Numismatic Spanish
Parthian Coins
Patina 101
Paleo-Hebrew Alphabet
Phoenician Alphabet
Pi-Style Athens Tetradrachms
Pricing and Grading Roman Coins
Reading Judean Coins
Representations of Alexander the Great
Roman Coin Attribution 101
Roman Militaria
Roman Mints
Roman Names
Rome and China
Satyrs and Nymphs
Serdi Celts
The Sign that Changed the World
Silver Content of Parthian Drachms
Star of Bethlehem Coins
Statuary Coins
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum
Syracusian Folles
Taras Drachms with Owl Left
The Temple Tax
The Temple Tax Hoard
Test Cut
Travels of Paul
Tribute Penny
Tribute Penny Debate Continued (2015)
Tribute Penny Debate Revisited (2006)
Tyrian Shekels
Uncleaned Ancient Coins 101
Venus Cloacina
What I Like About Ancient Coins
Who was Trajan Decius
Widow's Mite

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Ancient Coin Authentication, Grading, and Evaluation Services


None of the authentication services listed below "guarantee" authenticity. What that means is, they aren 't going to give you any money if they are wrong. How could they? You pay them $45 and they are going to guarantee your $5000 coin or even your $500 coin is genuine? These services authenticate coins, providing an unbiased highly expert opinion worthy of considerable respect. They can be wrong but they are more likely to be right than you are (and you means almost everyone). A guarantee can only come from the dealer who sold the coin. Buy from reputable dealers with expertise and a guarantee (Forum Ancient Coins, for example). If you want additional assurance, buy coins certified by the experts below or submit your coins to them for authentication. 

David Sear - Ancient Coin Certification Service (ACCS)


Authenticates and attributes but does not grade or slab. Coins are accompanied by black-and-white photo and certificate. Service of David Sear, author of the Greek Coins and Their Values, Roman Coins and Their Values, and other standard ancient numismatic attribution works.

Charges $45 for basic service or $55 for detailed service. Detailed service includes extra information about the coin 's historical significance.

Turn around up to 8 weeks. With express service, which costs extra $30 per coin (five coin maximum), turnaround time is five working days.

Numismatic Guarantee Corporation (NGC)


NGC employs more than 30 full-time coin graders as well as outside consultants.  To ensure impartiality, NGC and its full-time graders do not buy and sell coins commercially, and strict procedures are in place to prevent consultants from influencing the grades assigned to their own submissions.

Coins can be submitted in a number of tiers depending on the value of the coin.  See the above link for tier and fee schedule.

The British Museum, Department of Coins and Medals


The British Museum provides an object identification service, through which we share our professional knowledge and expertise with both professional colleagues and the general public. The Museum does not give valuations, nor do we create documents to supply authentication or provenance investigation services to the general public. Moreover, the Museum: 

Does not give written certificates of provenance, authenticity or valuation (appraisals) to private collectors, buyers or sellers;

Does not give any kind of assurance to private collectors, buyers or sellers in relation to objects offered for sale on the art and antiquities market.

Objects may be brought for identification on Wednesday afternoons by appointment only. Email the relevant collections department with a description of the object and a clear photograph, and a member of staff will contact you via e-mail to book an appointment date when the relevant curator for the object you wish to have examined is available.

CLOSED - American Numismatic Association Authentication Bureau (ANAAB)


The American Numismatic Association Authentication Bureau (ANAAB) is no longer accepting submissions for authentication.  The Associations Board of Governors voted at a meeting in New York City to discontinue ANAAB after reviewing a report that suggested the cost of employing a full-time authenticator outweighed the benefits to the membership.  All recent submissions have been returned.

All coins are guaranteed for eternity