The NGC Coin Grading Team
NGC's team of more than 30 full time professional coin graders are led by some of the most experienced and trusted experts in the world. Learn more about the senior members of NGC's grading team below.
Mark Salzberg, Senior Grading Finalizer
One of the world's most respected numismatists, Mark Salzberg has been working in the industry for over thirty years and joined NGC in 1988. Named ANA's Numismatist of the Year in 2006, he is a Life Member of the ANA, received the ANA's Presidential Award in 1998 and is also a member of the Professional Numismatist Guild (PNG). Mark helped create the US Mint's H.I.P. Pocket Change Program, designed to educate and spark youth interest in collecting. Career highlights include grading some of the world's most high profile coins, and sponsoring the Smithsonian Institution Legendary Coins & Currency exhibit with endowment and conservation of some of the country's most treasured artifacts. He is widely credited for his central role in standardizing and promoting the use of today's highly precise coin grading scale, an essential component of the coin industry's development. Mark has also published numerous articles and continues to be one of the leaders in the area of numismatics.
Rick Montgomery, President and Finalizer
Many industry peers consider Rick Montgomery to be the coin industry’s greatest authenticator. Prior to joining NGC in 2002, Rick served as President of PCGS. A veteran numismatist and key figure in the field, Montgomery co-authored the NGC Grading Guide for Modern US Coins and contributed to the PCGS grading and counterfeit detection guide. He has also written numerous articles for the American Numismatic Association. Rick received the PNG’s Art Kagin Ambassador Award in 2014. Career highlights include grading the great rarities, famed coins such as 1804 Dollars, Ultra High Reliefs, and 1913 Liberty Nickels. He is also highly knowledgeable in and an active collector of ancient coins.
Scott Schechter, Chief Numismatist and Finalizer
Scott Schechter’s first formal job in numismatics was in 1994 as an intern at the Smithsonian Institution, working with the National Numismatic Collection. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in history of science, he became a dealer in US coins for Pinnacle Rarities. In 2005, he joined Numismatic Guaranty Company, where he is now Chief Numismatist and Grading Finalizer. At NGC he has also worked on the development of the NGC Registry and online collection-management tools. Scott has lectured for the Professional Numismatists Guild and spoken about coin certification at many conventions in the United States and abroad, including the Beijing International Coin Expo in China and the World Money Fair in Germany. He is a co-author of 100 Greatest US Modern Coins, published in 2010.
Dave Camire, NCS President and NGC Finalizer
Dave Camire is considered an authority on modern minting technology and production, specializing in mint errors and Chinese coins. He has visited many mints, both domestically and internationally, which is not only insightful but useful in his role as NGC Modern World Coin Grader and Finalizer. His knowledge of the minting process is helpful in distinguishing mint defects from damaged coins and establishing a coin's authenticity and grade. Dave co-authored the 100 Greatest U.S. Error Coins and has contributed to such numismatic publications as Coin World (honored with being listed as one of the 100 Most Influential People), COINage, Numismatic News, The Numismatist and the Red Book. He has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR) and seen on Good Morning America and the Discovery Channel. Dave is also President of Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS). With his knowledge and expertise in coin conservation, he has been an active volunteer at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History, helping to preserve the National Numismatic Collection and establishing key numismatic displays at the museum. A collector at heart, he has been collecting since he was 13 years old.
David Vagi, NGC Ancients Director and Finalizer
A lifelong numismatist, David Vagi has been studying ancient Greek and Roman coins since 1985. He entered the field as a staff writer for Coin World and later worked as a numismatist for the auction houses Christie’s, Superior Stamp and Coin, Spink America and R.M. Smythe before opening Delphi International Ancient Arts. For more than twenty years he has penned a column every month for a major numismatic publication, including Coin World, The Celator, Numismatic News, World Coin News and The Numismatist. His 1,294-page Coinage and History of the Roman Empire received ‘book of the year’ awards from the IAPN, PNG and NLG. He is a life member and Fellow of the ANS, and a life member of the ANA, for which he has taught more than fifteen weeklong courses on ancient coinage.
Keith Moon, Senior Finalizer
One of the country’s top coin graders, Keith Moon started collecting at age 5, inspired by his grandfather. Before becoming a professional grader, he began his numismatic career at Numismatic Financial Corporation, Inc. (NFC), a major dealer for vintage US and world coins. There, from 2005-2009, he became an adept numismatist and trader. He went on to work at PCGS from 2009-2013 and previously at NGC from 2013-2016. Keith returned to NFC from 2016-2021, honing his skills as a dealer as the company expanding into new markets. Now back at NGC, he brings a wealth of numismatic knowledge and experience, as well as a deep appreciation for collecting and collectors.
Ben Wengel, Senior Finalizer of World Coins
Ben Wengel's interest in coins began early. By age 16, he had attended the ANA Summer Seminar and completed a six-week summer internship at NGC. After graduation from the University of Tampa, Ben joined NGC on a full-time basis and has now graded coins for NGC for more than a decade. In 2020, he became Senior Finalizer of World Coins. Based at NGC's headquarters, Ben has also graded at NGC on-site in the United States, Germany and China. His collecting interests include silver and gold coins from South and Central America.
Michael Corley, Finalizer
Michael Corley started his numismatic career at a Sarasota coin shop in 1996. He joined NGC in 2001 as a US modern coin grader and eventually transitioned to world coins. A specialist in Chinese coins, Michael was involved in NGC’s expansion in China and currently works at the company’s offices in Asia. Michael is a collector of ancient coins and has a music degree from San Francisco State University and Bristol University, England.
Eric Hogan, Finalizer
Eric Hogan began collecting coins at age 12, later to discover that he was a third-generation coin collector. When he was 13 years old, he started helping out at his hometown coin shop and attended a number of ANA Summer Seminars between 2002 and 2010. Eric joined NGC as a vintage coin grader in 2011, after graduating from Stetson University with a degree in business management and a minor in business law. His coin and currency collecting interests are expansive, ranging from Spanish treasure fleet coinage to early US Type to Florida banknotes.
David W. Lange, Research Director
A coin enthusiast for more than 50 years, David W. Lange is the author of 10 books on United States numismatics. His writing has received numerous accolades from both the American Numismatic Association and the Numismatic Literary Guild, including the latter's prestigious Clemy Award. His latest book is a history of Whitman Publishing Company’s Coin Supply Division and a catalog of its lines of folders and albums. In 2009, David received the ANA’s Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2017 he was named its Numismatist of the Year. David’s specialized areas of study have included Seated Liberty silver, Philippine coinage under US administration and British coinage from 1816-1970. His career highlights include launching NGC’s Photo Proof and VarietyPlus Services.
Kenneth C. Krah, Finalizer Emeritus
Since an early childhood trip to a coin shop with his grandfather, Ken Krah has been hooked on coins. Before coming to NGC, Ken owned his own coin business in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A professional numismatist since 1979 and an ANA Life Member, Ken has also taught Advanced US Coin Grading for the ANA and written several articles on English coins. Ken served as Vice President and oversaw the world coin grading program. Ken is one of the leading experts on world coinage. Career highlights include grading a complete collection of US minor proof sets from 1856-1915, as well as the Wells Fargo Gold Hoard and the Damon, Eliasberg and Millennia collections.
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