I just thought of something. Given the toning which I think tends to stop or slow down when sealed in acrylic cases like this vs. the open air cases common with specimen sets. So maybe it was transferred at some point after the toning started to kick in either to control the toning or the case was damaged. Could be a few reasons that we'll probably never know.
If it was not an original, someone took the time to have them printed. Not sure what that cost because they usually require a minimum. Not sure how many regular or specimen sets were issued that year but I read between 35-50 specimens only.
@Levaril Maybe but wouldn't hairlines mean die polishing ? Because I don't think it ever left it's Orig case and I sent it in without removing the coins. I got the Ok from PCGS that I could do that. I was worried about damaging them while taking them out.
Thanks for the responses. Just to satisfy my curiosity, and to contribute to the forum, I'm gonna send them over to ICCS for a cross grade on all of them. Might be a good experiment and unless someone has done that recently, an update to inquiries about ICCS/PCGS crossover grading might be a good thing. I'll update back here but I suppose a separate post on the results would be good too.
Well I feel the SP65 1 Cent was generous given the blotches. The 5 Cent 64 is ok given the unfortunate rust spots. The 10 cent is a weak strike but is very clean, thought that could have been a 65. The 50 cent bothers me, it is very clean, any streaks are just toning, nice fields and details - to me a pretty near perfect coin but what do I know.
Just got this back from PCGS. A little disappointed with the grades on a couple. Would it be worth asking for regrading on those or maybe a cross-grade by ICCS ? Also what would it change if anything. Comments & grade opinions welcome..
I've listed the grades and links to PCGS True View photos for those who are curious.
That wretched Verdigris, I know. But I'm thinking of treating it with something to halt the corrosion process. Hopefully without the coin losing too much of it's appeal & value given its higher grade. It's getting harder & harder to find these historical pieces in high grades at reasonable prices.