GSA PCGS "Coffin" Hardpack for Crossover - any grade
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I have a 1887 GSA hardpack that is encased in a plastic coffin holder.  It will not fit in the original GSA black box and that is how I like to store them, which is why I like the NGC certs.

If I send it in I am concerned that if it gets a lower grade than the PCGS one it will be returned in the original PCGS holder and I will have wasted my time and money.  I am pretty sure that PCGS will crossover at "ANY" grade and will slab a coin even if it is lower if requested. Does NGC offer that?  I may be in a minority but on this coin I want a grade regardless but am a little leery of trying to crack the coffin, but maybe that is what I should do. I don't want to damage the GSA holder.

 

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NGC will not remove the PCGS outer shell unless it has determined the coin to be of equal or higher grade. The submitter can request a lower minimum grade or to certify at any grade, but the default is to not cross any coins at lower grades without such permission.

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So if I request certify at any grade they will remove the PCGS Outer shell, right?  The alternative is for me to try cracking it without hurting the GSA case

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Yes, as long as there's no condition on the coin that would prevent NGC from certifying it, and that's unlikely if it's already been graded by PCGS. NGC would remove the outer slab and just apply a grading strip directly onto the original GSA plastic case.

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