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To sell a complete book would you crack out a slabbed coin?

PppPpp Posts: 443 ✭✭✭✭

I have a set of books and the 1909svdb is PCGS Xf details damaged (there are nicks on the obverse).

I personally don’t like having the empty 1909svdb slot in the book but since I plan to sell the books as a set my dilemma is should I crack out the 1909svdb and fill the empty slot or sell the books with the coin slabbed?

Having the 1909svdb slabbed gives confidence to the new buyer the coin is real vs. if I crack it out the book will look complete and new owner is taking my word that it is authentic (even if I show him the PCGS label).

What would you do? I am torn and confused so I appreciate any comments.


  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,392 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yup, the new owner makes that decision. IMO.

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  • Jzyskowski1Jzyskowski1 Posts: 6,651 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Leaving the difficult coins in the slab is best. Perhaps make a filler for the hole. Agreed to leave it up to buyer. Thanks 🙏

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  • JimWJimW Posts: 527 ✭✭✭✭

    An alternative is to have pics of the coin in the holder such that the buyer can ascertain it is the same coin.
    My LWC set includes cracked out 09-SVDB, 14-D, and 22 Plain (the latter being Die #3 but with no D visible).
    Mostly because it bothered me to have empty holes when I actually had a coin in hand to fill it :)
    I do have photos of the coins in the slabs as well as the slab inserts.
    Nonetheless, in this specific case where you want to sell asap, probably best to leave in the holder as others have suggested.

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  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 3,980 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’d put a 1909-s non-vdb in the album to fill the hole and leave the vdb in the slab but clearly state this when you go to sell it


  • U1chicagoU1chicago Posts: 5,335 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 12, 2023 6:22PM

    Are you selling now/soon or later in the future?

    If now, then there is no reason to crack. Plus you might do better piecing out some of the coins rather than selling it all as one.

    If you’re planning on keeping the set for a while and the empty spot bothers you, crack it and enjoy the complete set. Keep the label-it looks like the coin has a TrueView, so it should be fairly easy to match the raw coin for anyone that might be worried about a fake.

  • MS66MS66 Posts: 200 ✭✭✭

    That hole is jarring. Put any old 1909 in it, include the proper one in its slab, along with an explanation.

  • AtcarrollAtcarroll Posts: 311 ✭✭✭

    I'd find a blank planchet to put in the album and leave the coin in the slab if it were me.

  • braddickbraddick Posts: 22,518 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'd crack it and place it in a then completed album.
    I'd also upgrade that album to a DANSCO so both sides of each coin can be seen.


  • alaura22alaura22 Posts: 2,083 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sell it with the slabbed coin
    No reason to spend money for another coin for the slot if you're selling.
    Let the new owner decide what to do, leave it in the holder so they know it's real

  • rec78rec78 Posts: 5,630 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have cracked out many coins to put in my albums. The grading companies love me, as I give them more business on the same coins if I re-slab them before selling.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Leave the cent in the slab.... Let the new owner decide whether he wants a filled hole or a slab. Cheers, RickO

  • WaterSportWaterSport Posts: 6,655 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Keeping it slabbed proves its a Genuine Coin of what is often found fake.

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  • Glen2022Glen2022 Posts: 807 ✭✭✭✭

    given the significant number of fake 1909SVDBs, I would leave it in the slab. At least the genuineness is not an issue, assuming the slab is not fake.

  • DisneyFanDisneyFan Posts: 1,385 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @braddick said:

    I'd also upgrade that album to a DANSCO so both sides of each coin can be seen.

    That's a good suggestion!

    I'm wondering how and when Ppp Posts plans to sell the set?

  • PppPpp Posts: 443 ✭✭✭✭

    Thank you everyone for your comments. I will keep it slabbed.

    Disneyfan: I deal locally and plan to sell the set now after I figure out a fair price.

  • FairfaxthunderFairfaxthunder Posts: 65 ✭✭✭

    Very nice set. I posted mine near completing some months ago. I plan on slabbing all keys and maybe semi-keys.

    Keep as is and someone will buy it ...I know I would :)

  • percybpercyb Posts: 3,266 ✭✭✭
    edited May 13, 2023 9:51AM

    The other option is to crack the Pennies out of the books and
    Slab them all. :)

    Nice collection by the way!!

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  • lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,479 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The last hole in my 7070 got this, a "proxy coin"... I keep them slabbed if I buy them slabbed. I'll consider sending some raw coins in to our hosts if I ever liquidate that set.

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  • PppPpp Posts: 443 ✭✭✭✭

    Thank you everyone for your comments.
    I ended up trading my 1909svdb and a little cash for five past date tenth ounce gold eagles.
    Now I will try and sell the books and if unsuccessful I will continue to part it out. 🙂

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