Re: slabs for partial collars
- View SourceThat would be tough to design. A coin must be secured by an insert and
the insert will, of necessity, hug the coin's edge. Even a completely
transparent insert will be too thick to show much detail. Also,
there's too much distance between the coin's edge and the slab edge.
And the slab's edge has a seam which distorts images.
There are many errors besides partial collars which are partly or
completely obscured by the slab. Forget about seeing any details of an
edge strike. Forget about confirming the presence of a copper core on
a half dollar (1965 - 1969) allegedly struck on dime or quarter stock.
Not only do slabs prevent examination of the edge but they:
1. Often obscure the rim.
2. Prevent detailed examination under a high power microscope
3. Prevent you from weighing the coin
4. Prevent you from measuring its diameter
5. Prevent you from testing its "ring"
6. Prevent you from testing its density (specific gravity)
7. Prevent you from conducting metallurgical tests.
For certain errors, the collector just has to cross his/her fingers and
hope that the grading service got it right. If you crack it out and
find out that they got it wrong, you're stuck. That's why I prefer my
errors raw and crack out most of my slabbed errors.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Aaron"
> How come there are no slabs designed to show off partial collars, I
> have to admit, when I have bought one, I feel cheated because I can't
> see the error.
> The only thing I can think of is that the coin would no longer be
> fixed in position, free to move around. Do all slabs have center