Not good enough to submit
A few years ago, I bought a rare date, 19th century coin that graded F15 or so for details. It was purchased from a website, raw.
While it had completely original surfaces, someone tooled [the rock below] Ms. Liberty's foot, intentionally scratching five tiny, parallel digs into the [rock edge]. (Sorry- small edit for accuracy.) They were tiny, but deep, and rotating it under a light showed some flash from the shiny, exposed metal. I should have returned the coin right then and there, but as usual, I was so busy with work that I decided to eat my mistake. Needless to say, I never sent it to PCGS.
I sold the coin with full disclosure two years later at a $200 loss through a dealer friend. A few weeks later, it appeared for sale in a PCGS F15 holder - with a CAC green bean. Since then, it's appeared for sale two more times, went into one of those "PCGS/CAC coins only" Registry sets, and appeared in an auction, where the photos just barely showed those five little cuts - and it didn't sell. Current asking price is roughly double what I sold it for.
What am I implying with this post? Nothing, really. I just wanted to share my experience because it's still bothering me. It didn't get into a PCGS holder or get a green bean because of politics. The submitter doesn't have any special powers that warrant gift grades or free beans. I'm sure the PCGS graders saw it - they just didn't think it warranted a Details grade. I'm sure CAC saw it too - they thought it wasn't enough to withhold the sticker. I guess it's on me for not submitting it, right?
Anyway, feel free to top this one with a story that makes me feel better.