I purchased a Specimen 1999 Nunavut Toonie, but to me the finish doesn't look like a Specimen finish. It was graded SP-69 by the National Numismatic Certification. (I realize that this TPG is somewhat questionable but would have thought that at least the finish would be correct!) I compared to another Non-Specimen 1999 Nunavut Toonie and a 1997 Specimen Toonie.
Before I ship it back, I would like some opinions. Charlton also mentions that the Specimen has a wide ring while the BU has a narrow ring. To me they both look the same in the ones I am comparing.
Here are photos for comparison:
1999 Nunavut Specimen (questionable): I can't see a distinguishable lined finish.
1999 Nunavut MS (known): The ring width looks the same as the photo above.
1997 Specimen (known): This picture clearly shows the finish.
Well, since making my first post on here, I have since acquired a 1999 specimen toonie in the original RCM wooden case and have compared it to the slabbed "specimen" by NNC and the differences were readily apparent.
So, in conclusion, not only can't you trust the grade of an NNC slabbed coin, you can't trust the description either!