PCGS error on mint mark 1917 SLQ

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Artillery87, Dec 1, 2022.

  1. Artillery87

    Artillery87 Member

    Just got my results back from my latest submission and they called my 1917 standing liberty quarter a 1917-S. I don't see any indications of a mint mark and they also called it AU details cleaned. I was pretty confident it would get a mint state grade and possibly even get full head but oh well I guess....

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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Sounds like a mechanical error on their part.
  4. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    I can't tell from those photos whether it looks cleaned or not, never mind worn.

    If they say it's cleaned, I trust their judgement over mine -- but I wonder if they got the entire label wrong (i.e. it was supposed to go with another coin), instead of just a data-entry issue on the mint?
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  5. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    One does wonder. The coin does look like it's possibly cleaned, but whether AU or UNC details, I'm not sure. Since they added a mintmark that wasn't there, it might just be a mechanical error and a label meant for an entirely different coin, as mentioned. Who knows? You definitely need to get in touch with Customer Service.

    (And I'm sorry about that. It's never a fun experience.)
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  6. Vertigo

    Vertigo Did someone say bust?

    Yes it isn't a S mint coin. That was just a mistake. But the reverse does have a cleaned look.
  7. wxcoin

    wxcoin Getting no respect since I was a baby Supporter

    I just got a 1917 T1 that I cracked out of a SEGS MS64+ holder and it came back MS63 FH. In some ways your coin looks better than mine but I tend to agree with the grade; it looks cleaned. The feathers on the reverse of yours look flatter. 1917slqt1.jpg
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  8. Cherd

    Cherd Junior Member Supporter

    I tried to examine the obverse to determine whether I thought it was cleaned, but my childish, lizard brain kept focusing in on the same spot. The spot is a bit left of center, about a quarter way down from the top.

  9. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    It sure looks unc to me.

    As for the cleaning, the pictures don't help
  10. Jaelus

    Jaelus The Hungarian Antiquarian Supporter

    Question everything.
  11. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Well you have two options. Leave as is or call and send it back. I can’t tell from the photos and it’s best not to judge a coin by photos. Either they made a mistake on the label by adding the “S” or they put the wrong label on your coin.
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  12. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Don't rub your coins!
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  13. Cherd

    Cherd Junior Member Supporter

    Good advice, but my decision would be conditional on the nature of the "Mistake".

    If it was a label swap, and your coin actually graded MS, then I'd send it back.

    However, if the grade is accurate and they accidentally put the S on there, then I'd keep it. The TPGS mislabeling probably adds value in the eyes of people that might collect such things, and in any case, it makes for a cool conversation piece ;)
  14. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    That one, I'd send back. They messed up on the mint mark, so maybe they messed up on everything else.
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  15. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    I can't disagree with the cleaning as they probably have better techniques than I do to detect such things, however, since they botched the label they should regrade for free.
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