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Best way to break out PCGS slabs

bestdaybestday Posts: 4,218 ✭✭✭✭

Bought several 2008 Rev 2007 Silver Eagles...Looking like couple Eagles maybe good try for upgrade....ideas for not damaging coins?


  • bestdaybestday Posts: 4,218 ✭✭✭✭

    utube on the money...wire snips did the job.. thanks

  • GoldbullyGoldbully Posts: 16,717 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 14, 2021 10:21AM

    Bandsaw with 1/2” or less blade with 10 or more teeth per inch works quickly, neatly, and safely.

  • TurtleCatTurtleCat Posts: 4,583 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If you’re planning to send them to PCGS instead of another vendor you can submit them in slabs and ask for a regrade instead of a reconsider. They will break out the coin for you. Less risk up front.

  • ThreeCentSilverFLThreeCentSilverFL Posts: 1,655 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @DNADave said:
    Back right tire of your vehicle. :p:#

    Whoa road kill

  • ThreeCentSilverFLThreeCentSilverFL Posts: 1,655 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’ve only ever used 2 pliers and elbow grease

  • CryptoCrypto Posts: 3,118 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 14, 2021 1:47PM

    “ Best way to break out PCGS slabs”

    File in a cake and act natural during visitation

  • CryptoCrypto Posts: 3,118 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If your are going for 68-69 you are most likely missing something. They had to see something for old ball grades of moderns. If you’re going form 69-70 I guess you have to ask your self if you’re feeling lucky

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Good luck with your potential upgrades.... Let us know how it comes out. Cheers, RickO

  • GRANDAMGRANDAM Posts: 8,278 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 15, 2021 10:50AM

    Medium sized pair of bolt cutters.
    I find that these work better than wire snips or tile cutters due to the longer handles which give you more leverage. Simply cut the slab at the middle of the coin and pull the 2 halves apart,
    The slab is domed and won't touch the coin when you pull it apart.

    GrandAm :)
  • GRANDAMGRANDAM Posts: 8,278 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @DNADave said:
    Back right tire of your vehicle. :p:#

    That might have lowered the grade a point or 2. :o

    GrandAm :)
  • Panda4456Panda4456 Posts: 362 ✭✭✭

    Maybe try running them over with the lawn mower ?

  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 8,702 ✭✭✭✭✭


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  • USSID17USSID17 Posts: 1,264 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't know about PCGS but it work for ANACS!!

  • bigmarty58bigmarty58 Posts: 1,987 ✭✭✭✭✭

    With eye protection.

    Enthusiastic collector of British pre-decimal and Canadian decimal circulation coins.
  • bestdaybestday Posts: 4,218 ✭✭✭✭

    Tried the wire snip... 15 secs clean half break ... used a saw .. 40 secs..clean cut.. pulled up cut half.. no fuss.. thanks

  • foodudefoodude Posts: 3,549 ✭✭✭

    As discussed above, there are several Youtube videos on how to do this. Some methods are better than others. There are 2 #1 rules with any method- eye protection and always be in control of the coin.

    There are several versions of PCGS slabs and different materials they are made of. While "snipping" works for all, how you most efficiently and safely do the snipping, varies depending on which version of the slab is involved. Sawing also works, but be sure a vacuum system is used to remove any swarf so it does not end up on the coin.

    A vise works well for NGC slabs, but not for PCGS slabs (see one of the #1 rules- always be in control of the coin).

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  • Off_Cent_erOff_Cent_er Posts: 164 ✭✭✭✭

    @USSID17 said:
    I don't know about PCGS but it work for ANACS!!

    I can confirm, the vice method works on PCGS, NGC, and ANACS slabs if done properly. Squeeze vertically then horizontally. The weakest points are the seams where the two halves of the slabs meet. Break those seals and the slab easily comes apart.

  • kruegerkrueger Posts: 770 ✭✭✭

    Anyone weigh a Morgan Dollar PCGS SLAB after a Crack out?
    I would like to find weight of Morgan's inside a slab and subtract the plastic weight.

  • thefinnthefinn Posts: 2,645 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I just put them on cement or an anvil/vise and tape the edges with a hammer while holding it tight. I have broken $10K coins out without problem.

  • mrcommemmrcommem Posts: 1,143 ✭✭✭✭

    I use a table saw and cut the top and bottom of the slab. The halves just lift apart. No damage to coins

  • 3keepSECRETif2rDEAD3keepSECRETif2rDEAD Posts: 4,285 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 20, 2021 10:48PM

    @krueger said:
    Anyone weigh a Morgan Dollar PCGS SLAB after a Crack out?
    I would like to find weight of Morgan's inside a slab and subtract the plastic weight.

    …what’s wrong with subtracting the weight of a Morgan dollar? Math is math man ;)

    Edit to add: the best way would be to take each generation of PCGS slab with a mint state Morgan and weigh it…then subtract 26.73g and 💥…there are far more inconsistencies with the plastic and label then there are with the coin for this case IMO.

  • USSID17USSID17 Posts: 1,264 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've been looking for the past 3 days but I can't find it. I saw a short video once of a guy going out on his deck, putting his slab between two 2x6 deck boards and used his foot to crack open the slab! CRAZY!!!

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