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  1. I have a couple PCGS MS62 somewhat better date $20 Liberty gold coins. I was trying to get input on the best solution to get the surfaces free of the undesirable substance. PCGS guarantees are running upwards of 3 months; NGC has their $50 conservation/grading option on these. And then I could just immerse them in a bath of acetone or xylene, no negatives on that but that I might not free the surfaces of the substance. I sure wish that submitters would use acetone more often before submitting as stains and unwanted dirt, etc. are aesthetic problems.
  2. One of the worst fakes I've seen. My family had a lead copy of one without the obligatory "copy" stamped on it; along with the Louisiana Purchase coin entitling the owner to who knows what.
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    What do Original early US gold coins look like?

    Original vs. cleaned is like night and day in terms of the "aura" of the coin. It is pretty tragic that so many of the old holders and original coins were ruined for a few points.
  4. Wasn't this graded a while ago?
  5. Does anyone know when the company was sold out to the FL concern? A totally different grading team and business manager (who usually determines standards).
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    NGC VF details to PCGS XF40

    When long term dealers like him get a rejection they just send to one of the other services, or later to the same one. Not a "look" I would want but sure looked XF to me.
  7. They provide a high level of professional and intellectual rigor to their analysis. Their sticker on many coins is worth a lot more than sellers will get. More liquidity with cac. I often get ebay offers around cac bid from dealers and serious collectors because they realize there is not risk for them.
  8. You could call around to major buyers who are on CCE and the other dealer networks and see what they offer, you will have to ship. Apmex, Upstate coin, maybe numismatic buyers like Heritage. You should get a small premium over spot price. I agree ebay and Great Collections are a real loser for those. Do not sell bullion products or common Saints or type gold Libs. up to MS64 through auction because they will bring wholesale and you will be hit with substantial percentages. Cash and gold buyers are terrible in what they offer usually, even for relatively honest precious metals buyers the hassle of putting out all that money to make a few percent is not advantageous. With numismatics dealer advantage comes in buying quality high grade at generic prices, coins that will grade over a certain level, cac and so forth, even as they deliver a scary critical analysis. But it looks like you have bullion related issues which are easily researched on ebay, (or othter auction) in their advanced auction results, with "sold" checked.
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    NGC VF details to PCGS XF40

    Actually the dealer bought it in one of those early Anacs flips graded XF40; if NGC allowed crossovers they would have seen that. I wonder how many submitters got a problem grade with a market acceptable coin and gave up, then some sharp dealer can buy at fire sale prices? Look up the pricing of XF on that key date coin vs. problem VF! With most of their money being made with foreign and modern coins it seems they are getting too cautious with good coins. With coins on the edge they could net them down a little.
  10. A guy at the flea market had two bottles of 90% silver, he wanted $1200 for what Apmex would have paid maybe $1250 for, check their buy prices. Most of the major buyers are pretty close.
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    NGC VF details to PCGS XF40

  12. This coin was in one of the early pre-slab Anacs holders as EF40: NGC called it VF details, improperly cleaned. The other major service called it XF40. Is this a reasonable difference of opinion, or an example of one company being conservative and the other less so?
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    PCGS old holder and cac doesn't crossover

    This was the original coin; it cleaned up a little with Maguires but not enough. In retrospect, I should have saved it for a reholder, true view, etc. with PCGS.
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    PCGS old holder and cac doesn't crossover

    Why cross? The obverse holder was impaired, I could not fix that. But it looked PL to me and another dealer. So it could have gone 63 pl or 63 plus at NGC. The other option was sending it to PCGS to reholder with true view and secure holder.
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    The old ICG with the serial number on the front was accurate, and conservative on some coins. Not so much the new ICG, they just don't have the quality control or capital to be competitive with the main two services. And their guarantee especially as regarding money grades is much lacking. Under $200 coins I wouldn't be too concerned with them or Anacs for that matter.