Sample Slab - Garbage coin entombed in plastic

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  1. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    My son was given a grab-bag of stuff today at the Baltimore Whitman show. Inside were a couple of postcards (at a coin show?) and a PCGS Sample Slab with a 2019-D cent encased inside. I'm not 100% sure what the purpose of these things are besides marketing stuff. I was amazed at the coin they decided to waste time/money putting in plastic though. It is covered in spots and scratches. I wonder how long it will take to break down and die the death that all Zincolns eventually face.

    Are these sample slabs worth hanging onto or are they just kind of a novelty piece of junk?

    Sorry for the bad pictures. I figured that it wasn't worth too much of my time to try and get good pictures.
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  3. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    I do believe there are several threads on sample slabs on this site.
  4. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Yeah I found a few talking about "rare sample slabs" but I highly doubt this is rare.
  5. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    No it isn't rare, and as for how the choose the coins to put in them they just take an unc roll or a few and just put all of them in the holders, no selection process to only chose better quality pieces.
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  6. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer Numismatic Enthusiast

    they use this as a promotion when a new type of slab or alteration to previous generation of slab is released. There is a slab collector on this forum...I can't remember the username though.. Oh wait @Conder101
  7. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Whelp I guess he can keep it as an interesting piece. He certainly didn't like the fact that he couldn't get anywhere near the coin. Yay! No slabs for this kiddo!
  8. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Looks like he beat you to it! :)
  9. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer Numismatic Enthusiast

    whoops...didn't even notice...
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  10. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    People do collect sample slabs and some are quite rare (a regency sample was several thousand). Some also do sets of sample slabs (by year, by type, by grading company, etc...). This one is very common (a few have sold for under $10 on eBay). It doesn't hurt to hold onto it (maybe it can be used for a trade later on).
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  11. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Can't beat free-50.
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  12. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Every year, at FUN, I go searching for 'sample slabs'. NGC always has none (they give 'em away at their luncheon for members only), ANACS comes clean on occasion, but PCGS always has plenty on hand. They even allow me to pick up a couple of extras for my friends. Good folks, PCGS. :)
  13. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    And yes, these slabs are collectible.
  14. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    With as crappy as the coin in the slab is, I feel that the slab will long outlive the coin haha.
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  15. DBDc80

    DBDc80 Numismatist

    Ha ha...they need to put some '09 s vdb's in those and put 'em in the grab bag!! :woot:
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