Thank you for the reply. I think that has more to do with my out-of-date iPhone camera (and me not being a great photographer to begin with.) It doesn't look grainy in hand, but I hear you -- the photo does give that impression.
By the way, I did have the note itself authenticated today in person by PCGS
just to be on the safe side. As for the holder, apparently a relative few went out without the country of origin during a short transition period to a different font and larger point size of the numerical grade. That's what I was told anyway (for all I know somebody just messed up and they don't want to admit it.) Not sure how many are without the country, but it's apparently only in the low hundreds -- and maybe not even that many. I've only seen two others online.
Thanks again. - Rob