COA- Certificate of Authenticity

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COA- Certificate of Authenticity

Postby hwest on Thu May 07, 2009 12:37 pm

I know that periodically there is a question of "What exactly is a COA", or "What should I put on a COA", that kind of thing, so here is some information I came across while looking for tips on maing my COAs more authentica and useful to the buyers of my art. This information coms from :

http://www.wm-arts.com/Information1/cer ... encity.htm


CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY



Fourteen states* require a Certificate of Authenticity, CoA, for the sale of fine art, multiples, fine prints, etc. Some states require more information than others, but there is no overseeing or governing body that issues these certificates, rather, they are expected to be created by the artist, publisher or dealer.

Unfortunately, the CoA is also used to promote everything from genuine imitation diamonds and private issue stamps and coins whose value can only increase with every passing minute to bad art whose value is proven and "guaranteed" by having a CoA.

A CoA should not be used as a sales gimmick.

The CoA is intended to protect the consumer by providing pertinent information regarding the [art]: title, size, process, relevant dates, signature, etc. ...

Here is a general list what a CoA should, where applicable, have:

• It should come from someone who has the authority to actually create a CoA—the artists, or the artist’s agent or publisher—and that should be stated on the CoA. Samples of the CoA should be available prior to any sale.
• CoA’s should be provided for all sales of all art.
The CoA should include:
• Name of artist
• If the CoA comes from someone other than the artist, who and what is the relationship.
• Title
• Description or photograph of print or object
• Dimensions
• Year printed
• Year the original was created
• Medium of the original
• Medium of the print
• Number of prints: signed/numbered, signed only, unsigned/unnumbered
• Number of proofs signed/numbered, signed only, unsigned/unnumbered
• Edition size
• Restrike edition?
• Posthumous edition?
• Status of artist’s signature
• Edition is part of a series of editions:: artist proof, press proof, transfer, etc.
• Name and location of printer
• Status of the plate or master: destroyed, on file, etc.



* Arkansas, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Wisconsin.
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Re: COA- Certificate of Authenticity

Postby Dezhire on Thu May 07, 2009 2:33 pm

This is great information! Thanks Heather!!
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Re: COA- Certificate of Authenticity

Postby hwest on Thu May 07, 2009 2:45 pm

I found it really helpful- it really made it easier for me to make a very detailed and professional CoA. On the website, they have a picture of what their CoA looks like, and I really liked the format they used. Of course, I had to put mine on pretty paper... LOL!
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Re: COA- Certificate of Authenticity

Postby muts on Fri May 08, 2009 11:02 am

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Re: COA- Certificate of Authenticity

Postby hwest on Fri May 08, 2009 12:33 pm

Muts, I think your computer just doesn't like anything that comes from mine!
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