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Related Trade Bodies, Associations and Organizations


World Gold Council

The World Gold Council is the market development organization for the gold industry. They work with leading organizations across the gold supply chain, track demand and consumption, develop new uses for gold and assist in bringing new products to market.

The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA)

The LBMA is an international trade association, representing the London market for gold and silver bullion which has a global client base. This includes the majority of the gold-holding central banks, private sector investors, mining companies, producers, refiners and fabricators.

Industy Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA)

ICTA is the national trade association for all who have an interest in precious metals, rare coins, US and foreign currency, and other numismatic and tangible assets. ICTA works to prevent laws and regulations that would interfere with the ability to do business and/or are excessively burdensome.

American Numismatic Association (ANA)

The American Numismatic Association is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. With nearly 28,000 members, the Association serves the academic community, collectors and the general public with an interest in numismatics.

British Numismatic Trade Association (BNTA)

The British Numismatic Association represents the interests of more than eighty firms located throughout the British Isles. Every member of the Association agrees to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics, meaning that a dealer’s BNTA membership should give customers extra peace of mind when making purchases.

International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN)

The International Association of Professional Numismatists is a non-profit organisation of the leading international numismatic firms founded in 1951. The objectives of the Association are the development of a healthy and prosperous numismatic trade conducted according to the highest standards of business ethics and commercial practice.

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)

The CFTC covers all commodities, however the site contains a significant amount of information covering precious metals investing – the search function is particularly useful for finding press releases and details of judgments against PM companies.

Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee (GATA)

The Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee established in 1998 to expose, oppose, and litigate against collusion to control the price and supply of gold and related financial instruments. The committee arose from essays by Bill Murphy, a financial commentator on the Internet (, and by Chris Powell, a newspaper editor in Connecticut.

Specialist Accreditation

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC)

Founded in 1987, the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) is focused on only one objective: a standard of consistent and accurate grading for coins. The knowledge, integrity and dedication of NGC’s team of grading experts ensure a level of grading consistency unparalleled among grading services.

Note the above website covers the US and Canada – for UK, visit the NGC’s UK site.

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS)

The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is one of the most respected names in third-party coin certification industry. PCGS is responsible for establishing a universal grading standard which has paved the way for coin enthusiasts to enjoy buying and selling coins with trust and confidence.

Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS)

Numismatic Conservation Services, LLC (NCS) was founded in 2001 and is devoted to the growth and preservation of numismatics. With a pledge of integrity, impartiality and responsibility, NCS provides a service that serves to expand and enrich the precious metals industry. The selection of NCS as the official conservation service of the American Numismatic Association is also further assurance of the integrity and quality of NCS services.

General Accreditation

Better Business Bureau (BBB)

Better Business Bureau is one of the nation’s recognized leaders in developing and administering self-regulation programs for the business community. BBB is dedicated to fostering honest and responsive relationships between businesses and consumers, instilling consumer confidence and contributing to a trustworthy marketplace for all.


TrustLink was originally founded by the Better Business Bureau in 2008 to provide a forum for consumer complaints and compliments regarding the service companies they’ve employed. The site was launched in 2010 and in less than a year became the most popular rating site in Southern California for Home Improvement, Professional Services, Retail and Web-based businesses.

Business Consumer Alliance (BCA)

Business Consumer Alliance is a non-profit organization which began business in 1936. Prior to 2013, BCA operated as the Better Business Bureau of the Southland. The name was changed to allow expansion of the services provided to consumers and businesses, and to broaden coverage from the greater Los Angeles area to all of North America.