Ok, after a few years of trying to authenticate (find) my gold 1959 Venezuela 11.7 gram Adolf Hitler medal, in any catalog or from any source (which came up snake-eyes), I sent it to NGC, not really expecting that they would grade or slab a medal, in their eyes, a medal of which cannot be found anywhere, including the dozen catalogs I have.
In other words, it does not exist. The fact that it has a traceable line, which means it is in the 1957-1959 "Chiefs in the Second War" series, which includes about 18 world leaders in the series, including the monster Hitler.
I was more interested on WHY they would not be graded. It finally came back, ungraded and unslabbed of course, in a plastic pouch, with a NGC label which states: "1959 VENEZUELA, GOLD, ***NOT ENCAPSULATED***, INELIGIBLE TYPE.
here is the link to their rejection page. I was almost surprised to find that there were so many reasons why NGC will not grade or slab your coin or medal:https://www.NGCcoin.de/news/article/6436/
I went to a webpage on NGC'w website to try to find out what exactly "INELIGIBLE TYPE" meant. That definition is very loose and really does not say WHY, just that they do not grade this type of medal.
Regarding whether a minted item is either a coin or medal depends on your point of view. I have seen other coins, or medals, in the same series, ALL LISTED BY KRAUSE IN THEIR COIN CATALOGS, if it was listed at all. It is my understanding by emails between the bank in Venezuela, which is somewhat under siege under the current political upheaval climate, that demonintations were not put on their coins until 1960. Instead, they are separated by their gram weight and called bolivares.... 20 bolivares, 90 bolivares, etc.
But they do. Several of them. PCGS
has even more. So, why was mine selected for this questionable honor. I have several guesses...
1. On mine, like 100% of the others in the same series, there is no denomination on the medal.
2. On mine, unlike 100% of the others in the same series, there is no gram weight engraved... only a big fat area where the gram weight SHOULD BE ENGRAVED. Why? Who knows? It is not a fake, plated or otherwise. It is a solid 22K round, if you prefer that term over coin or medal. I believe that my example was some kind of test or other type of experiment by the mint... name it what you will... sample, experimental, prototype, etc. But why would the mint leave out the gram weight, which is on all the others?
What does not help is that NONE of the others in the series has a gram weight of 11.7.
Lots of people THINK they have a one of a kind coin or medal. But unless NGC can VERIFY that the coin actually exists, by definition of their own criteria... it does not exist. It does not matter that it has been tested as solid gold. It does not matter that the year and the name of the series are engraved. It does not matter that many others (in different gram weights) in the same series have already been graded or slabbed. It does not even matter if you are holding the coin or medal in your hand... it does not exist. Therefore, it is only worth the melt weight.
TO ALL OF THAT, I SAY NONSENSE. This medal did not appear out of thin air. It is not a fake (how many fakes are minted in 22k solid gold anyways?), it is not a reproduction, it has been verified that the German mint, who made the medal for Venezuela, did mint this medal.
Anyways, here is the criminal. Thought it might be interesting to others to see what at least one reason NGC put on the label, as I am sure many of you have had your coins rejected for grading or slabbing for a variety of reasons on the NGC page listed above. Sorry if you have seen it before, as I have been at this for years just on this medal, but there is a difference now... it sports the NGC rejection label.
3. The medal is politically incorrect. Hitler did not allow any GOVERNMENT AUTHORIZED issues of coins bearing his likeness during the WW2 years 1939-1945. He wanted to wait until "he" (or Germany if you prefer) had won the war hahaha.
Having a few problems "cropping" the image, will try later. In the meantime, any comments or anybody who has an "ineligible type" or other reason on the list linked above, feel free to comment or post your coin.
thanks all... mike