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Ever had a slab go bad?

What to do now? I recently spent quite a lot of money on an older slabbed MS 62 from 1834. A great coin with though with a bit of a darker patina than might be in vogue now. About over night, I noticed three small dark smudges on the reverse side of the holder. The coin looks just the same as always. The darkness looks like it would if there had been three little pieces of scotch tape on the slab, but it is within the slab. Then below there are some smudges in the plastiic that look lik

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Questionable authenticity

What gives now? In a conversation with my good coin dealer recently, he advised me to only buy slabbed coins and to have coins in my collection slabbed. I purchased another XF 40 platinum ruble from him recently. This is a three generation business that has been operating for over 40 years.So I took his advice and sent in four rubles purchased from him up to 18 years ago, before slabbing was a big deal. Each is supposed to be about a third ounce of platinum.What should have been fast turn ar

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Gold ages better than platinum

Another story of ugly rubles A focus of my collection is the three ruble platinum coin, minted between approximately 1828 and 1845 ? though it seems many were minted after those dates. (It amazes me how many proof coins keep showing up.) These are about the size of a nickel and contain about a third of an ounce of platinum.As with gold, the price of platinum is soaring. I watch these coins on EBAY and am astonished at the prices. A trash coin, which the seller seemed to admit was worth litt

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re: turn around times at NGC.

They took yours before mine! I submitted five orders, which they list as having been received on April 21. Three orders were processed promptly and returned like yours, but two are stuck on "scheduled for grading." One of the stuck orders is the one I have been waiting most anxiously for! And it was to have had prompt turnaround based upon coin quality. Maybe it has to do with using an order coupon. Or maybe some just have more clout.

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Now I get it

The story of the ugly rouble I took the plunge and became a Society member for several reasons. The coins in my very small collection of Russian coins were scattered and in disarray, with some pretty valuable ones being stuffed in envelopes and subject to being lost. Then I learned from bad EBAY experiences. (Those high ratings don?t necessarily mean much.) And my long-time coin dealer on the East coast recommended NGC for any coin purchase. My main area of interest is Russian coins date

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Re: Quantity vs Quality/Rarity

Nieces and nephews? That sounds like my rationalization. I just spent about $500 from a reputable dealer for a beautiful coin rejected by NGC for slabbing. So my take is buy what you alone like best. And always consider slabbing first. Have fun!

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Conservation

To conserve or not to conserve? Being new to this organization, making the call on what to submit and what not to submit can be hard. There are coins you just like that you think you might want to submit to NGC. But then you hear of the conservation service. Anybody got any experience with this one? Apparently you submit a coin to NGC with a PS that if this cannot be graded, you would like it conserved and then graded if possible. Or you just have it conserved. What to do? When is

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