Earliest / Lowest NGC Cert Number?
I was looking at the NGC Black Holder census list on this forum and noticed the lowest cert number is 121036-004, which holds a 1837 Seated Liberty Dime in MS-65. There are two other coins with the same "121036" prefix number, which I presume resulted from all of those coins being submitted together on the same grading invoice.
I recently acquired an 1881-S Morgan in NGC MS65 with cert number 121025-002 in a 3rd generation holder (pictured below). I believe the original NGC cert numbers were generated off the invoice (please correct me if I am wrong), so am wondering if my coin was just submitted with one of the first invoices generated by NGC, but not delivered to NGC until a few months later (after the black holders and plain white labels were changed out). Or... perhaps the coin was one of the first graded at NGC, but then resubmitted for re-grading later. Anyone have thoughts/insight on this?
**Does anyone know what the earliest/lowest NGC cert number is? ** And I'm not talking about the later NGC cert numbers with leading 0's that reflect a different invoicing period and numbering scheme. I presume NGC started grading with invoice number 121001. Is that correct?