I was thinking about sending it off for a grading and have never done that
Some advice...ask yourself why you want to send it off to get graded.
A coin that would not bring in 150.00 when sold is not worth the fees etc. to get graded.
If you want to get it slabbed just for the experience, or if you just like slabbed coins, then no problem.
But realize the reality of slabbing. A coin can be sent in, slabbed with a certain grade (let's say MS64), you then break it out and resubmit it (even to the same company), and you are never guaranteed it will have the same MS64 grade again.
Add to al of this that of the main companies that are commonly cited as being the best, they all have different standards for grading the same coin. There is no ONE authority. And all of them up front will tell you their systems are subjective, ie they are not assigning a grade based upon anything that is scientifically verifiable.
In other words slabbing is not about the actual coin alone, its about what the label says the coin is. This forum is noted for saying people need to buy the coin and NOT the slab.
If you want to enjoy slabbed coins in the hobby, then make sure you know the facts before you pad the grading companys' pockets with your hard earned cash. It can be a a fun way to enjoy coins+slabs+labels vs. just collecting coins. But jumping grading and putting a blind faith in these companies can make for many regrets when you find the facts.
There are people who have absolute faith in the companies and would almost fight to the death against anyone saying the slightest negative comment against grading companies. But there is too much proof that, alas, the companies are not THE absolute authority on coins (they cannot even agree with each others' "expert" grades).
But rather than just words - here is some good reading/education of compiled info from the forum that illustrate the facts:
First some words of wisdom from a former member we all miss:http://goccf.com/t/130186
And here are some not-so-hard-to-find examples/pics/notes comparing the actual product with claims: http://goccf.com/t/346174#2967242
Start looking for yourself and you see its not hard to find things like this.
If you like slabs and enjoy them as a part of your hobby, then just be educated about it. Buy the coin, not the slab.