On May 18, I reported in Coin Update News that I was disappointed in XF45 grades received from NGC for each key date Washington quarter, 1932-D and a 1932-S. I had won the quarters in a coin dealer Proxibid auction that described the 32-D as “almost uncirculated” and the 1932-S as “uncirculated.”
You can read about that purchase and submission to NGC in this Coingrader Capsule.
I was not only disappointed in the low grades–I thought the 32-D was at least AU50 and the 32-S, AU55; but more so in that both coins received the same designation when the 1932-S was clearly the better coin.
So I sent them to PCGS in their NGC holders and marked “any” rather than “crossover,” predicting that PCGS would holder each coin higher.
As I said in my initial post, PCGS does grade a few crossovers higher than that on the label. I had this happen not only with NGC but also with PCI. I have only ever been able to cross over ANACS coins (fewer than half). I have never been able to cross over an ICG coin.
What’s the coin grading morale of this exercise? You can challenge a grade if you feel strongly about it, either by sending the coin back for a regrade to the same slabbing company or sending the holdered coin to the rival company as a crossover. Perhaps because I own the coins, I still think the XF45 is too low a grade for the 1932-D, which has luster. The 1932-S had full breast feathers on the reverse eagle and plenty of luster and might have earned a higher grade, as I had originally anticipated.
Of course, I could crack open the coin and resubmit it raw to PCGS and see if it comes back higher, but that’s an exercise in ego rather than numismatics. And, in NGC’s defense, last month I sent the company a 1926-S Oregon Trail Commemorative that came back “cleaned” from PCGS. Got the grade online today, too: Details. Unc. Cleaned.
In the end, I trust both companies and am happy submitting coins to both. Tell us about your crossover experiences. Have you ever received a higher grade in a crossover submission?