Unsealed PCGS Gold shield slab!

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  1. Insider

    Insider Talent on loan from...

    At the Lakeland show I bought a Sweden 1935-G 5 Kr with a Gold Shield "Genuine" Scratch-Unc Detail label. The holder was never sealed. Accidents happen. The label looked "funny" but the coin is as described and genuine: #579451.95/34926841. We think everything is genuine.

    On the bottom edge of the slab are the letters "HSMMJBH" etched in dots. This may be a personalized addition by the previous owner.
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  3. calcol

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    Most PCGS slabs have a dot-matrix code on the edge. Put there by PCGS. I'm guessing it's an internal control code that allows PCGS to trace day of slabbing, machine used and machine operator ... maybe other things as well.

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  4. Insider

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    I just looked at a bunch of PCGS slabs sent for crossover (not gold shield) and they have letters at the base punched into the plastic. Who knew?
  5. GoldFinger1969

    GoldFinger1969 Well-Known Member

    Is this a recent development ?

    I'll check my PCGS slabs....maybe someone can post a close-up of these engraved codes.

    They are there for security ?
  6. Insider

    Insider Talent on loan from...

    A member of CT and CU needs to post the question on CU and post the results here.
  7. messydesk

    messydesk Well-Known Member

    Ever since they went to the slightly thicker slab, they had these codes on the bottom. I assume it's a lot code of some sort for the shells. PCGS is unlikely to say what they're actually for if they carry some other meaning, like a one-way checksum involving the cert number, submission number, and submitter customer number, but that seems unlikely. It would just end up being one more potential mechanical error to make on something that nobody has yet to use for anything.
  8. Insider

    Insider Talent on loan from...

    The unsealed slab is truly a "mechanical error."
  9. ddddd

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  10. calcol

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  11. Insider

    Insider Talent on loan from...

    The slabbed gold holders have two tiny letters.
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