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Does the planchet flaw on this 1875 French 5 franc coin mean PCGS will not straight grade it?

I could use the group's help. I very recently purchased a raw 1875-K French 5 franc coin at auction. To be honest, I didn't pay enough attention to the planchet flaw on the coin (9 - 10 o'clock on the reverse - see photo), which was mentioned as a planchet flaw in the auction listing. It's a pretty coin, IMO uncirculated, and I was planning on sending it to PCGS for grading.

However, I know one disqualifying factor for obtaining a straight grade is "planchet flaw." Do any of you have any experience with what constitutes a big enough planchet flaw that would result in PCGS deciding not to straight grade a coin like this one? Here are some photos:

I would value any advice.

Thanks.

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  • MrEurekaMrEureka Posts: 23,830 ✭✭✭✭✭

    There's no actual rule. Just judgment calls. FWIW, I think that that particular planchet flaw on that particular coin would prevent a straight grade, unless submitted as an error. On the other hand, if the flaw were significantly smaller, it would be more likely to grade. And if it were on a different, more commonly imperfect issue, it would be far more likely to grade.

    Andy Lustig

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  • bosoxbosox Posts: 1,500 ✭✭✭✭
    edited October 11, 2023 6:42PM

    This one straight graded, but it was many years ago, from a prominent pedigree (Wayne Palmer), condition rare, and submitted by Heritage. I also think it helps that the flaw is a little hidden under her bun. I think it pushed the limit and wonder if it would straight grade if I submitted it today. Not to worry, it isn't getting resubmitted.

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  • bosoxbosox Posts: 1,500 ✭✭✭✭

    PS - I agree with Mr. E on your coin.

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