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  • New Member here and I have a question..

    Hello folks. I am an avid Franklin enthusiast, having been a collector of Franklins since the early 1980's. I learned a lot from my old friend, the late Steven Leber. I used to participate in the PCGS Registry but gradeflation ruined that aspect of collecting for me. I grew tired of selling my PCGS MS66s only to see them reappear in some other set as MS67s, haha.

    My best (or at least, my most profitable) Franklin was an MS65FBL 1953-S that I picked raw at a show for around $20, then sold for $22K!

    I am heavily involved with Franklin die varieties. Most of my coin activity nowadays involves cherrypicking varieties, studying them, and selling them for profit.
    I, like many others, am frequently frustrated and infuriated by PCGS's inability to consistently assign proper Fivaz-Stanton numbers to my submissions.
    In the past my usual procedure for coins that PCGS botched the attribution of, was to mail the coin in question to James Wiles and get a letter from him re-affirming that the coin was indeed the variety I was requesting. Then that letter would accompany the coin on a resubmission, and , VIOLA, PCGS would then get it right. It was a terrific service that James performed!

    Now, however, it seems that Mr. Wiles can no longer offer this service. So my question is : How can I get PCGS to "see the light" anymore?

    Posting pix here on the forum is well and good if one needs help identifying a die variety. But I normally don't need help. I consider myself quite competent at identifying and attributing my coins. It is PCGS that all too often needs help!

    So is there a viable alternative that Coneca can offer me, as a paying member, in regards to obtaining a written variety attribution to help the TPG variety guys when they can't/don't provide good service?

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    Welcome to the forum!

    We are currently creating a new version of the CML (CONECA Master List). When that is up, we will be offering one or more option in terms of sending a coin in for attribution services. As to whether any specific TPG will take that as verification, I cannot say for sure. It probably would depend on the denomination, variety and magnitude of that variety along with which TPG you were sending it to. ANACS and ICG are the two easier ones to deal with.
    Jason Cuvelier
    CONECA - ErrorVariety.com - Traildies.com - MADClashes.com - Error-Ref.com
    (all images I use are ©Jason Cuvelier 2008-13)


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      Hello Bushmaster8, I am also a Franklin Half enthusiast. I have collected the coins for 55 years and never seem to get tired of looking at them. Fortunately, I bought hundreds of old double mint sets when they were much cheaper than they are today and hadn't been cherry picked. I have recently taken an interest in varieties and would love to absorb some of your knowledge. Not as a competitor but as a student. I have sent a number into ANACS and have been mostly happy with the results. For instance, I found the two highest graded ANACS 1949S/S RPM-003 (MS64FBL and MS65FBL) in the same mint set. I also found a 1951 DDR-009 MS64FBL in another which was graded by ANACS. A 1951 FS-501 MS65 in another with another 1951 that was assigned S/S "not listed on Variety Vista" and so on. I have had hundreds of Franklins graded by ANACS and have been mostly happy with the results. IMO, PCGS has been a blessing with TrueView imaging but I am constantly finding MS66 Franklin that are not as nice as ones I have in MS64 holders however love them or hate them they are the devil we know. lol! Posting on the forum might help novices like me to learn more about the series and varieties and stimulate interest in the series in real terms. Thank you in advance for you consideration. PS I posted a 1956 Franklin today on the forum that I thought might be a DDR and would love any thoughts.
      Last edited by rbroederer; 02-28-2021, 05:48 PM.