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Proper way to open PCGS and NGS case?

Discussion in 'PM's - Coins - Numis - Base Metals' started by npd1078, Jun 23, 2011.



  1. npd1078

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    How do you open the Slab and get the coin out of the case? Do you use a knife, scissors, or something else? Is there an easy way to get them out correctly or is there a trick so the coin doesn't get scratched?
    I have a few coins in holders that I think are having a hard time breathing in there PCGS and NGC slabs and I'm wondered the best way to get them out into the air... Thanks
     
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    Tin snips around the edge working in until you can open it like a clam works good, I'm always careful it doesn't snap and send the coin flying.
     
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    I just tried looking for a video, but I couldn't find it. The one I'm thinking of showed a guy with what appeared to be bolt/lock cutters. He would simply cut the holder in a couple places and it would fall apart. Personally if I were to crack a coin out I would go the slow and steady route that Irons suggested. If you don't have the patience for that, try this :p :

     
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    This however is probably not the preferred method ....

     
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    I would think placing the slab in a bench vise, holding it by the edges, and slowly closing the vise would at least control the edge pressure (cracking it) better than hitting it with a hammer. But that's just me.
     
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    I put the coin SLAB securely in a large VICE with rubber jar opener material (rubber) for holding it and just the top is exposed where the label is...

    Then I grab my trusty HACK SAW and cut the top off. Quick & DIRTY!

    Then gently open the slab on a soft towel an inch or two away.


    Other things slip.
     
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    Bolt Cutters. Snip on each side of the coin. Authentic stuff should and deserves to be naked. ;)
     
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    ^^^^ There it is!
     
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