All three known NTC sample slab varieties
have Mint State Massachusetts quarters in them. NTC 1 can easily
be recognized from the others by the smaller label that leaves extra
clear plastic around the borders of the slab shell. The barcode
is on the front, but slightly smaller than the next two types.
This sample has the same small label
as NTC 1 but has a proof coin inside! There is no grade but does
have "DC" after "PR00". I want to think "DC"
stands for Deep Cameo, but I'm not sure because the coin does not
look Deep Cameo at all to me, let alone Cameo. They could have thought
it was DCAM though since alot of their grading is off anyways. As
of right now, this is the hardest sample of the whole NTC series
When NTC changed their label to the
larger format, the sample slabs changed also. The placement of the
numbers and words are the same, but the barcode is slightly smaller
and thicker. “Sample” appears in two separate places
like NTC 1. The slab label looks much better in my opinion with
the larger label format.
The latest sample slab to come out
of NTC is the “Genuine” sample. It too has a Massachusetts
quarter but the word “sample” was changed to “Mass.
Sample” and the top line now has the coins date, mintmark
and denomination whereas before they just put “00”.
The Genuine slab came about in early 2003, when NTC began slabbing
problem coins (Cleaned, AT etc.) as genuine without a grade. This
is the sample variety NTC is passing out at shows.