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Freedom! NGC Graded 1909-S Indian Head Cent Is Ready For My Dansco!

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 Posted 09/27/2022  4:08 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I purchased this 1909-S IHC from jerryc39 late last month. I waited a while to break her open. Sure, I had some hesitation, but the real cause for delay was that I was not sure the exact method I would use. I also wanted to document the procedure with a couple of photos.

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 Posted 09/27/2022  4:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I decided to try the delicate approach, as opposed to something quicker using a power tool.

I wrapped the slab with some paper towels to capture any shrapnel. I did this at the kitchen counter over another towel and paper towel.

My tool of choice was using a C-clamp to apply pressure...

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 Posted 09/27/2022  4:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I torqued the clamp until I heard a cracking sound. I removed the clamp, unwrapped the slab, inspected, re-wrapped, move clamp to a new location or orientation. Rinse and repeat as the kids used to say.


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 Posted 09/27/2022  4:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Eventually there was enough breakage to open up the slab. In case you were wondering how many cycles it took, the answer is six.


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 Posted 09/27/2022  4:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
And here we have my raw 1909-S IHC ready for my Dansco album. The photos look much better now that the slab glare and "prong shadows" have been eliminated.

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 Posted 09/27/2022  4:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fredcdobbs to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I always like a good break out, I have rescued several of my US Large Cents from " slabulation "
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 Posted 09/27/2022  4:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Excellent!

This is my first breakout. Might not be the last. I have five "key" holes remaining in various Dansco albums...
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 Posted 09/27/2022  5:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a woody!
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 Posted 09/27/2022  5:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add halfamind to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for sharing the step-by-step process. I think many folks wouldn't be so patient!
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 Posted 09/27/2022  5:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kanga to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm still a confirmed "slab lover".
It makes it so much easier on my wife when it comes to converting it to cash.
Of course that won't happen until I'm no longer functioning.
Describe it as if there were no picture.
Picture it as if there were no description.
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 Posted 09/27/2022  6:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisEd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hmm, that "Clamp Method" seems easier than cracking slabs with a metal cutter.
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 Posted 09/27/2022  6:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoffeeTime to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for sharing the process you used. I'll be doing that in the near future.
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 Posted 09/27/2022  6:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well done indeed jbuck.

Here is my 10 year old topic on an alternate method - if you have the proper woodworking tools.

http://goccf.com/t/96248

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Take a look at my other hobby ... http://www.jk-dk.art
Too many hobbies .... too much work .... not enough time.
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 Posted 09/27/2022  7:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Always nice to see a coin freed from being entombed! Hope you are gonna save the label though.
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 Posted 09/27/2022  7:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Haven't been a hole-filler for 30 years. so I wouldn't crack for that reason.

But if you need to "save the label", you're not really liberated.
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