I like ICCS
's new system of online submission, got an email today letting me know the results (on website) and the tracking number (arrives tomorrow), yay.
I cutout and resubmitted 16 previous ICCS
coins and another 100 or so raw coins to make it a bulk submissionDowngrade
1858 $0.20 EF40 -> VF20 - Quite surprised at this one
1953 $1.00 SF CAM
MS63 Old embossed -> MS62 SF CAM
. Surprised, I thought it would have gone up. Will relook in handSame
1897 $0.01 MS62 Lustrous brown -> MS62 R&B
1928 $0.01 MS63 Lustrous brown Old embossed -> same
1931 $0.01 MS60 brown Old embossed -> same
1955 $1.00 MS64 -> sameVariety
1909 $0.05 VF20 RL -> VF20 RL Cross/Bowtie - A nice attributionUpgrades
1876H $0.01 MS63 RB -> MS64 RB RP T&A - sent for variety, and a bit surprised on upgrade
1886 $0.01 MS60 trace red obv 2 Old Embossed -> MS62 RB obv 2
1927 $0.01 MS60 lustrous brown -> MS62 R&B
1945 $0.01 MS64 Red Old embossed -> MS65 Red
1946 $0.10 MS64 -> MS65
1947 $0.10 MS63 Old embossed -> MS64
1945 $1.00 AU55 Old embossed -> MS62
1935 $0.10 MS64 Old Embossed -> MS66 - I had this listed as a SWL, I guess they did not agree. Was pleasantly surprised on 66, I thought was under graded, but not 2 pts.Raw Happy Stories
1953 - purchased in an old mint box and w/cellophane packages & staple, it was a bit of gamble and was hoping for a couple PL/SP's. All NSF and came back
$0.01 MS65 Red
$0.25 MS65 LD
$0.50 MS63 SD
1937 $0.10 & $0.25 both MS65 - I think this was more of a technical grade, they are heavily toned and quarter has some carbon spots. Came from a bulk lot, so nice pickup.
1885 $0.05 F12 sm5/5 - I had this up for sale without attribution and received a lowball offer as a buy it now. I took a closer look, saw the 5/5 and quickly declined, then took the coin off the market. A big thanks to whoever lowballed me in ebay land.
1967 - I opened a nice blue toned PL set, only the nickle was PL, rest came back SP, a bit surprised there.
1973 $0.01 SP64 - Nice to have a none ugly toned version of this
A nice grouping of PL 65/66 coins with cameo from 60's and 1970. I'm building a PL65+ cameo set up to 1970.Sad stories
1915 $0.25 VF20 - I felt confident on VF30
1885 NFLD $0.01 F15 - Will need to look at this in hand again, seems very low to me
1945 $0.10 EF45 - I'm pretty sure I packed the wrong coin
, did not mean to send in something circulated here.
1945 $0.50 - Coming back altered surfaces, no grade listed, will be interested to see what this shows up as.
My grading of 1960's PL coins, I was aiming for only 65's w/cameo and higher, but seemed to have hit quite a few 64's and some non-cameo, especially with nickels. I guess it is another area for improvement for me.Follow up story
1962 $1.00 PL65 - Unattributed from Belzberg. Some may remember this discussion from a few years ago, it went in with this submission and came back PL, as expected.Summary
Overall, it was a fun experience to think really critically about what I am sending in, as this would cost me actual money. I took my time on preparing this submission and glad I did, as I made quite a few changes and additions along the way, my average cost was under $9.00/coin incl shipping, so I would definitely do a bulk submission again. And was able to get a few broken silver dollar flips changed over as well.
From a cost/benefit side I definitely came ahead, compared to where I was previously valuing the coins, though some big disappointments. The under grading of old embossed ICCS
flips (by current standards) seems to be holding true, as I had a few nice upgrades, Lustrous brown has potential. I tried to be very selective on the old embossed holders. I was pretty happy with my grading for the most part, most were within a point and usual under graded on my end. But really struggled with 1960's non-silver PL coins.
The biggest scare was fedex leaving the package at ICCS
's door on a Friday afternoon, after ICCS
closing hours (thankfully they came back), a nervous weekend for me. Hopefully they don't do the same tomorrow at my house.
A big thank you to everyone here for helping with grading and knowledge over the last few years. I definitely would not have done it without your help.