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PCGS Banknote Grading

I have just received this note back from PCGS Banknote Grading and was SERIOUSLY DISSAPPOINTED in its grade. I know it is hard to grade a note from a picture, but would like a few fellow collector's to give me their honest opinion on what they woud think this would grade. Thank you very much for your input/opinion. I will reveal their grade later.


  • Timbuk3Timbuk3 Posts: 11,658 ✭✭✭✭✭

    XF45 !!! :)

  • tomtomtomtomtomtomtomtom Posts: 535 ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 1, 2020 6:39AM

    It's always tough to try a grade from a photo...can't see all the folds..original paper...the scanner settings change true colors...just show the grade and ask for comments (you always need a thick skin when you ask about a note in your collection)

  • Steve_in_TampaSteve_in_Tampa Posts: 1,817 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 1, 2020 4:27AM

    It’s difficult at best to grade notes from flat photos. Are you able to photograph the note with side lighting ? As an example...And, try to include all 4 corners.

  • tomtomtomtomtomtomtomtom Posts: 535 ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 1, 2020 6:48AM

    To go a step further on the difficulty using a scan...if Steve had posted just his top picture, I would have said that it looks cleaned and pressed..no obvious signs of folds..etc...maybe a 64 as compared to the bottom picture of the same note that has original paper, handling, and a few heavy folds..45epq...all in my humble opinion.

  • ashelandasheland Posts: 22,673 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm guessing VF30 fold across the center, likely a few normal ones, too. A nice looking note none the less.

  • AlexinPAAlexinPA Posts: 1,458 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice note. AU 55 ?

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  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,486 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like the note

  • JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,805 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What @mbwizkid said.

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,664 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That fold across the middle is well defined and shows fraying. Me, I like the note alot. Strong ink, great design. The hunt continues. Peace Roy

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  • BLUEJAYWAYBLUEJAYWAY Posts: 8,014 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Obvious fold evidence between the portrait and blue seal on the front. And reverse fold. Some discoloration on the front in the white area (field).

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  • Timbuk3Timbuk3 Posts: 11,658 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Will we ever find out the answer ? 🤔

  • coinkatcoinkat Posts: 22,762 ✭✭✭✭✭

    30 or possibly 35. I see a horizontal fold that is very apparent on the reverse. While I like the note, the basis and so-called standards have a way of punishing a note such as the one that is the subject of this thread. I have yet to submit any note for grading... And when that day comes...if it comes... I suspect I will be in for how shall we phrase this? A rude awakening.

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