disappointing NGC slab

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by cncman, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball Cannot Re-Member

    Personally, I don't think you should try removing the fingerprint before you contact NGC to see what they have to say about, both, the fingerprint and the scratch. Send an e-mail or PM to Scott Schechter and explain the situation. See if you can't be compensated, first, before messing with anything.

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  3. cncman

    cncman Senior Member

    Nah, I am going to leave it the way it is as a reminder to take detailed pics before I send anything in. If I send it to them to see what they say I can already hear it, there isn't any way we could have possibly done that to that coin, everyone handles coins with gloves and they are never around anything that could scratch them, besides, we aren't liable for any damage if there was any, then I might get a courtesy certification as a consolation prize and have to pay to ship it to them and back to me. I would rather avoid that cause it would probably set me off more. Thanks for listening, I will try to get a pic later tonight, if nothing else you can see what a great coin it was at one time.

  4. cncman

    cncman Senior Member

    so here is the pics, I photographed it from different light angles, but you can see the scratch in any angle. I don't think you can see the fingerprint too well in the pics. I still don't think there is anyway I would have missed this looking at it as many times as I have over years.

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  5. Captainkirk

    Captainkirk 73 Buick Riviera owner

    I have a bottle of fingernail polish remover that is 100% acetone.
  6. Captainkirk

    Captainkirk 73 Buick Riviera owner

    Fingernail polish remover pic.

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  7. chip

    chip Novice collector

    well at least you have the fingerprint of the culprit who scratched it, but do the tpgs fingerprint their employees?
  8. CheetahCats

    CheetahCats Colonial & Early American

    That is a rather serious scratch, indeed.
  9. cncman

    cncman Senior Member

    you can also kind of see the print on the last pic just above and W of the dome and across the dome.
  10. mrhuffman85

    mrhuffman85 Junior Member

    Yes, I can see the print very clear in the last picture
  11. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball Cannot Re-Member

    I still think you should contact NGC about it, if for no other reason than to alert them to the possibility that someone may not be following the established protocol. If it happened once, it could happen again.

  12. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    I hate to say this, but that does not look like a new scratch to me. New scratches have a very distinctive look, and that one doesn't. But it is what it is.
  13. cncman

    cncman Senior Member

    I know what you are saying, but this is actually a very light scratch and the way I got it to show up for the picture was with some dramatic side lighting. it wouldn't look like a typical deeper scratch where you would expect to see debris from the scratch, or more shine from the new metal being exposed. think of it more like someone took the corner of a razor and quickly slashed at it. It really is closer to a hairline than a gouge. Old fingerprints have a distinct look too as they react with the metal over time, does that look like an old fingerprint to you?

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