History of the TPG Holder

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  1. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Back in the early 1970’s, I was a pre-pubescent awkward teen fully consumed with coins. I was also poor which made this gift of two GSA Morgan’s from my granddad an incredibly special gift to me.

    I was enthralled with the holder. I could prop them up on my nightstand and look at them every waking moment, though I didn’t even consider that permanently encasing coins would become the standard in numismatics.

    I believe that these GSA holders were the first time coins were commercially encased. We had Capital type holders, but this GSA holder was something different.

    I have often wondered if these GSA holders were the inspiration that created the TPG industry. Were there commercially encased coins prior to the GSA Morgan’s?

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  3. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    I still need one of those!!!!.
  4. William F

    William F Well-Known Member

    Gee whiz, I need a grandpa like that! He did give me a Silver Eagle back when they were worth about $15... No CC Morgans tho.
  5. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    The GSA holders were the first as far as I know and I referred to them as such in my book. The GSA holders came out in 1972 and no other slab type holders were used in the US until 1984 (Accugrade). Worldwide though the second hard plastic slab type holder came from SAGCE (South Africa Gold Coin Exchange) in 1975. They only slabbed proof Kruggerands and used a their own scale which was either a 102 or 105 point scale.
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  6. wxcoin

    wxcoin Getting no respect for 66+ Supporter

    Back in the 70's the only holder I got was a beer holder that looked like a Pepsi can.
  7. CaptHenway

    CaptHenway Survivor

    The SAGCE was a one-man operation run by Eli Levine in South Africa. I met him when he visited Coin World to promote his service on his way to or from some convention where he had a dealer table.
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  8. JeffC

    JeffC Go explore something and think a happy thought!

    Those Paramount Coin holders look kind of old too, but I don't know if they're before or after the GSA Morgans. 20210417_112943.jpg
  9. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Wow, great gift, beautiful CC's. You are very fortunate, thanks for sharing them.
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  10. runninghorse1

    runninghorse1 Member

    Please send me information about this reference guide to TPG slabs. I collect mostly graded US silver dollars and stick mostly with the big TPG slabs. l'm interested in knowing how to spot fake slabs and steering clear of them. Thank you in advance for the info!
  11. Mac McDonald

    Mac McDonald Well-Known Member

    But as the GSAs in early 70s were from the mint...not commercial as in TPG or other private, etc...wouldn't the early SMS (65-67) and proof set holders starting in 68 count, here...?
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  12. RonSanderson

    RonSanderson Supporter! Supporter

    Here’s an example of a 1967 SMS that I have taken out of the cardboard box for the second time in 54 years.


    Don’t forget that the Capitol Plastics holders have been around for quite a while, too. These Special Mint Set holders look much more like the TPG slabs, though.
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  13. I have some of the CC slabs that are TPG. That makes them worth a lot more?
  14. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    I’m not 100% sure what you are asking. A TPG slab wouldn’t add value to a coin.... A government GSA holder may add a little intrinsic value, but that is debatable. What kind of holder are you asking about?
  15. CaptHenway

    CaptHenway Survivor

    GSA holders came first, then Paramount holders, but both were just marketing devices. You could not submit a coin to either to get it holdered.
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  16. C-B-D

    C-B-D Well-Known Member

    Nice GSA Dollars, Randy. I’ve recently come across these... a pre-PCGS David Hall sealed holder/coin and a Gen. 1.0 PCGS holder V Nickel. Those holders were only used for the first 3 days of PCGS’ opening in February of 1986.
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  17. Beefer518

    Beefer518 Well-Known Member

    Do you have a pic of the slab reverse?
  18. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    That v nickel is amazing it looks 67 but only a handful exists in that grade.
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  20. C-B-D

    C-B-D Well-Known Member

    It Gold CAC’d last week.
  21. Randy Abercrombie

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