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08 Feb 2021

A Slab Crossover from ANACS to NGC

| Well worn Copper

I recently purchased a 1935 Old Spanish Trail commemorative half dollar which had been previously slabbed by ANACS in a blue holder. I'm pretty much an NGC guy by choice, but I have no problem with PCGS either. With the coin being the semi-key of the classic silver series, I had considered having it crossed-over to an NGC holder someday. Upon receiving the coin, I noticed the plastic (slab) had some hazing in a corner. The coin itself was fine, but the slab quickly became more and more unattractive, so I quickly sent it in to NGC. The submission included other coins, and when NGC received them they emailed my submission listing. Imagine my surprise when the 1935 Spanish Trail piece was not listed. I immediately emailed NGC, asking them to confirm they had received it along with the other coins. They had, and explained any coin slabbed other than PCGS for crossover consideration first had to be seen by the graders, even before it was cracked out of the slab, to even be considered gradable. This surprised me. First, it shows NGC is confident with PCGS, even though it is a major competitor. Second, it was a statement that anything else that crosses their desk which is graded by ANACS, ICG, or anyone lower than that, is questionable. Once the graders allowed it for grading, the coin was included in my submission listing, then cracked out, and returned to the grading room again to be properly graded and slabbed. Quite a journey! I have to say I was impressed with NGC's quality. Now about that old blue ANACS holder: I gotta say it was not an attractive slab, and I can see why they eventually went to the current yellow/gold. The ANACS blue holder looked like one of those cheap trinkets you find in a McDonald's Happy Meal, and was just not worth framing a $900+ coin with. Sad to say, my dental floss dispenser looks better.

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