Cleaned And Over-Graded Coins To Avoid At Ebay

A must read and viewing for coin collectors that buy coins at ebay!
The following images are various ebay coin auction images. These coins are either cleaned, damaged, polished or over-graded and should be examined closely. If you purchased a coin in one of these holders you should seek immediate return if you paid more than a couple dollars over silver melt for the coin.

Just because a coin is in a holder doesn't mean it's graded by the world-wide accepted standard. In addition, if the coin isn't graded by PCGS, NGC, ANACS or ICG then the grade on the holder label or condition of the coin can't be trusted. You also run the risk of buying coins that are not authentic.

Anyone can buy holders and print labels and encapsulate their coins so don't be fooled by descriptions or guarantees unless the coins are graded by the top four services. Furthermore, there's enough possible difference in grades amongst the top four grading services let alone with these lower tier grading companies.

For further information on these flight by night grading services check out our images sine we have well over 100+ we have found so far. Third Party Coin Grading Service Guides
PICC Holder Image Cleaned and over graded 1878 Morgan Dollar
This coin is possibly cleaned and most certainly circulated. It's NOT MS66!
GSA Holder Image with an over graded Morgan Dollar 1902
This coin is possibly cleaned and most certainly circulated. It's NOT MS66!
Morgan Dollar Graded BY PCS Holder Image
No way to tell if this coin is MS64 and I wouldn't pay more the coin in AU58 is worth.
1882-S Morgan Silver Dollar and is over graded by NCC
This coin has several contact marks on the cheek and would never obtain MS67 from the top four grading services or any honest dealer or collector.
1889 Over Graded Morgan Dollar by PNC
This coin has several contact marks on the cheek and appears circulated. It would never obtain MS66 from the top four grading services or any honest dealer or collector.
Image of a whizzed 1886-S Morgan Dollar and over graded by PICC
1894-O Over Graded Morgan Dollar by PICC
1886-O Over Graded Morgan Dollar PICC
PICC Over Graded 1924-S Peace Silver Dollar
Polished Morgan Dollar coin image
1885-S Morgan Dollar Cleaned Spot Image
Harshly cleaned and referred to as whizzed. It's NOT an MS66 grade
The coin has wear and contact marks from being circulated. It's NOT an MS66 grade
The coin has wear and contact marks from being circulated and might have been cleaned as well. It's NOT an MS66 grade
The coin has wear and contact marks from being circulated and might have been cleaned as well. It's NOT an MS66 grade
One of the most polished coins I have ever found at ebay. The seller hyped this coin and made no effort to tell the bidders it was polished but rather made it appear a strongly struck and nice example.
This is a nice coin and a rare date in this condition, but I posted this as an example of something to watch for when buying coins at ebay. This coin has a spot that shows someone tried to clean it or impaired it with something. I have sent coins with similar areas to PCGS and they get a Genuine holder with a net MS details, so their value is decreased because of the impairment.

So always look closely at coins and coin images before bidding. In addition, it doesn't matter what holder a coin is encapsulated in you should always closely examine the coin, and pay or bid what you think the coin is worth and not what the holder claims.

A good rule of thumb for supposed mint state (MS) graded coins is to only bid their AU58 value just in case the coin is over-graded.


These images are very important to knew collectors or collectors who don't have much experience with buying graded coins. So we need to get the word out.

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