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Older PCI slabs

I have several PCI slabs with the 10 digit ID number. In my amateur eyes they are graded pretty well (in any case, not valuable enough coins to justify regrading). However, they all seem to have toned more than I would have expected. I'm a little concerned that either they added an agent to hasten toning or there is PVC residue that could do harm.

I have added some pictures and am curious if anyone has an opinion whether the toning is fine as-is or if I should crack them out and give them a rinse. FYI, these are the more obvious ones but the others also toned to a lesser degree.

Thanks for your thoughts.


  • RayboRaybo Posts: 5,238 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like the toning and I like the holders, keep them as is.

  • RayboRaybo Posts: 5,238 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Here is my old PCI

  • davewesendavewesen Posts: 5,471 ✭✭✭✭✭

    the old green labels tone the 90% silver coins a crusty gold - some get ugly and willnot straight grade

    the 99+% silver eagles give many colors, some beautiful and some ugly

  • coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 10,400 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is a very common look for that generation of holder, PCI did nothing to intentionally tone the coins in them, but those labels do have the propensity for that type of toning. It is not always that attractive, but I will refer you to my reply on your ANACS photo cert. There are collectors today that do enjoy collecting the old type of holders, so the question is crack and dip, or preserve the history for the future. If either of the two coins you started threads about were more valuable I could see going the crack and dip route to save the coin. But both are very common dates in very common grades, for myself it would not be worth spending the money to do anything, but that is your call. Here is one of my old PCI holders with a similar but slightly advanced look to yours.

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  • BStrauss3BStrauss3 Posts: 2,912 ✭✭✭✭✭

    FWIW while it's blamed on the labels, I think it's actually the white insert. Otherwise how would you get circular toning?

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  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 44,847 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BStrauss3 said:
    FWIW while it's blamed on the labels, I think it's actually the white insert. Otherwise how would you get circular toning?

    Agree with this. NGC was concerned about the label in their slabs toning the tops of coins near the label so they added the horizonal shell ridge to their "no line fatty" slabs to better seal off the coin area of the slab from the label area of the slab.

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If they were mine, I would list them for sale.... Slab or tarnish collectors will likely jump on them. Then buy coins you like in new slabs. Cheers, RickO

  • ldhairldhair Posts: 7,020 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sometimes the toning is ugly.


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