new book by David Schwager on sample slabs from third-party grading
services is set to be released on Sept. 17.
said, “Originally distributed free to collectors, these sample slabs
have an active secondary market, with many desirable varieties
commanding $100 to $300.” The book will cover 580 types from 32
grading services and his goal for the book is that it helps define,
organize and energize the sample slab collecting field.
is one of three recent auction sales we're profiling that show the
range of the market and illustrate that for sample slabs, it’s the
holder that’s important.
Peace Dollar, NGC MS-60 Sample Slab, Gold CAC Sticker
a June 3 eBay sale, a 1922 Peace dollar in a Numismatic Guaranty Corp. sample slab graded
Mint State 60 sold for $208.99.
unusual sample slab has something additional working in its favor: a
gold Certified Acceptance Corp. sticker, which
indicates that the coin would easily receive a green CAC sticker at
the next highest grade level.
seller said, “The grade seemed to be more on the generic side for the
purposes of just being a sample slab,” adding that NGC at times
repeated serial numbers on these slabs. He concluded, “It is hard to
imagine a time where NGC would give away such highly prized coins to
stimulate interest in the idea of certification. This is especially so
in today’s rare coin market where certification is the standard.”
examples of 1922 Peace dollars in NGC sample slabs, some with green
CAC stickers, sell at the $100 to $125 level on eBay. A typical Mint State 1922 Peace dollar might
cost $25 to $30 at a local coin shop.
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