NGC has certified a set of 10 coins that were presented to Dennis Rodman by the North Korean government during his June 2017 visit to the reclusive country. Rodman, who gained worldwide fame for his Hall of Fame career with the National Basketball Association (NBA), has more recently been working to improve relations between the United States and North Korea.
During his June 2017 trip, Rodman was presented with a set of 2011-dated brass 10 Won coins. The 10 Proof coins feature designs related to North Korea’s scenic Mount Kumgang Tourist Region. Korean poets and artists visited the area for centuries for inspiration.
Rodman, who won five championships with the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls, later gave the set to Dwight Manley, his friend and former agent. Manley, a well-known numismatist, displayed the set in his office and also at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in 2018 before deciding to submit it to NGC for certification. Prior to grading, the coins were professionally conserved by NCS, an NGC affiliate. They were then seamlessly transferred to NGC for grading and encapsulation.
“NGC’s position as the leader in world coin grading made it the obvious choice to certify and protect these coins,” Manley said. “This set reflects important efforts to bring peace on the Korean peninsula.”