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The Slab Book
(International Grading Service,
International graded coins in the mid to
late 80’s. The back of every normal production slab has a copyright
date of 1987 so a year or two of slabbing coins and then closing their
doors is feasible. This was a time when many services were put out of
business by the big guys. PCGS and NGC came onto the scene in late 1986
and early 1987 and quickly took the market share. This slab is nearly
identical to the more recent Global service and even has the hands holding
a globe that Global uses today.
The slab pictured is the first known
example of a sample slab from this company. I found it in a dealers
box and quickly bought it. The front says “MS-0 Sample”
and has a picture of the coin on the right hand side. It is unknown
how many samples were made, but based upon the sheer size of the
slab and the low value dime inside, I bet hardly anyone would save
them for over 15 years.
Here is another sample similiar in many ways to INGS 1, but with
a different label placement of the word "sample". I
don't know if this one came before INGS 1 or after. We may never
find out, but so far this is the only one I have seen of this
type and it seems to be as elusive as INGS 1 is.