Grading descriptions from TPG…..
I keep seeing the same comments as to why certain grades are given to coins which many cannot understand the reasoning behind. (Especially in the GTG posts). When a diamond ring is taken to a jeweler for an appraisal, a meticulous examination including weights, purity, size, flaws, clarity, color, etc., is done for each item on the ring. The examination may take hours…and usually runs $100 up depending on what the individual is having done, size of the ring, etc., …but the final result is an examination that shows all the details the gemologist saw in their appraisal. So, with the cost many of us incur in having our coins graded, wouldn’t it make sense to let the coin submitter/owner know what was seen by the grader to give it a 69 vs a 70, a cameo vs a deep cameo vs no cameo at all, a 35 vs a 40, etc.? Apparently the average third party grader spends only SECONDS looking at each coin before making their grade determination and then on to the next coin. Even if a piece of paper with a profile of the coin on it with the ‘problem areas’ circled might help us learn more about our coins, the grading process and what we should look for before sending coins in that might come back in body bags or classified as damaged/questionable color, cleaned, etc. Yes, it might take a few extra seconds per coin, but would give us a look into what the graders saw which will either make us happy or scratch our head in wonderment. Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 everyone!