Is there a Rule of Thumb for Coin Alignment in Slabs?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by JeffC, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. JeffC

    JeffC Well-Known Member

    I assume that when coins are placed in slabs, they're done manually. As such, no doubt that would be minute human visual error in alignment. By that, I mean that the axes of the coins do not coincide with those of the holder. See attached photos for what I mean. I'm sure there are worse examples out there. I was wondering if there is a maximum misalignment tolerance. 45 degress? I suppose they would be more careful with rarer and valuable coins than the mass marketed ones like these. Still, this can be avoided by an app that can quickly and effectively spot such misalignments in the QA/QC process. 20180923_175437 copy 2.jpg
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  3. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    Coins can rotate in the holder with rough handling. You can sometimes rotate them back.
  4. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    May I ask how? I happen to have one like that. I tried tapping it on the opposing side but didn’t do any good.
  5. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

    Larry's comment did say "sometimes". :) Either tap harder or accept that this method of straightening won't work.
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  6. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    You have the right idea but it will not always work. I have known folks that cracked the slab trying.
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  7. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    As far as I know, the tapping method only works with 'rattler' (older) slabs. The newer slabs (with their plastic tongs) won't allow any movement........
  8. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    Hold the slab vertically and bring it down in an arc, striking the bottom corner on something hard. It might take a while, but it usually works for me.
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  9. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes? Supporter

    The prongs will allow movement. You just have to be a little more forceful with the tapping (but not too forceful... you don't want to crack it....)
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  10. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Didn't know that........not that I'll try it though.........:)
  11. mlov43

    mlov43 주화 수집가

    You can try tapping the holder to move the coin. All you can do is try. If it doesn't work, it's probably going to stay that way, or you may even rotate it more the wrong way, like I have once.

    I've seen some world coins inserted completely upside-down in that NGC rubber core because the person doing it obviously didn't know the orientation of the non-latin alphabetic writing on the coin!

    However far the coin is rotated in a holder, it makes for a bad presentation, that's for sure.
  12. JeffC

    JeffC Well-Known Member

    Thanks all for your suggestions.
  13. Jaelus

    Jaelus The Hungarian Antiquarian Supporter

    If it's really bad I'd try to send it in for correction as a mechanical error. For minor rotations though there's not much you can do. You can send instructions with your submissions as to how to orient the coin. Sometimes they just get it wrong.
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