Slabs or no slabs

Slabs or no slabs

Post by Bob Rud » Mon, 06 Aug 2001 05:06:59



I am thinking about starting to collect the modern half dollar
commemoratives from the early part of the 20th century.

I would like eveyrone's opinion, should I collect them slabbed
or non-slabbed?

I see pluses and minuses both ways and can't make up my mind.

Also, if any regular poster here (I have lurked here for about
six months) has some of them they want to sell, please feel
free to e-mail me privately.

Thanks.

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I hope we can all be good neighbors online!

 
 
 

Slabs or no slabs

Post by Jorg Luek » Tue, 07 Aug 2001 01:37:40


Can you grade the coins yourself?  If yes, then just buy the coin and not the
holder.  See a nice Antietam in a PCGS holder at a good price, buy it.  See an
Oregon raw, buy it.  And so on.  Personally I don't like slabs for display so if
I buy a coin in a slab for the permanent collection I have to crack it out.  But
you can just as easily get all your coins into one type of slab if you prefer.
The only advantage I see in slabs is guarantee of authenticity and they are
easier to market to less experienced collectors and dealers.  If you can grade
and are in it for the long haul I see no reason to buy only in slabs.


Quote:
> I am thinking about starting to collect the modern half dollar
> commemoratives from the early part of the 20th century.

> I would like eveyrone's opinion, should I collect them slabbed
> or non-slabbed?

> I see pluses and minuses both ways and can't make up my mind.

> Also, if any regular poster here (I have lurked here for about
> six months) has some of them they want to sell, please feel
> free to e-mail me privately.

> Thanks.

> --
> I hope we can all be good neighbors online!


 
 
 

Slabs or no slabs

Post by Bill Krumme » Mon, 06 Aug 2001 08:49:16


Bob, I assume you are talking about the "classic" commemorative half from
the early part of the 20th century.  If buying sight unseen (scans don't
count as seeing the coin), I would recommend slabbed.  So many of the early
commemorative halfs were mishandled and/or spent in circulation, that for at
least some of the types, true uncirculated examples are in the minority.
Often, "sliders" and cleaned coins are presented as uncirculated.   I have
bought quite a few from eBay that have been sold as uncirculated, only to
learn too late that the coin has  wear or an unnatural appearance due to
poor cleanings.

If purchasing an early commemorative half in person, you still need to be
pretty sharp in your knowledge and grading skills.  The early commemoratives
are nothing like the modern commemoratives.    Bill


Quote:
> I am thinking about starting to collect the modern half dollar
> commemoratives from the early part of the 20th century.

> I would like eveyrone's opinion, should I collect them slabbed
> or non-slabbed?

> I see pluses and minuses both ways and can't make up my mind.

> Also, if any regular poster here (I have lurked here for about
> six months) has some of them they want to sell, please feel
> free to e-mail me privately.

> Thanks.

> --
> I hope we can all be good neighbors online!