The Sample Slab Update #31 (April 2019) published by David Schwager pictured what must be the largest grading service slabs created to date. I've
never seen one of these babies. Thanks to David for permission to publish this excerpt. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing
The Italian ocean liner Andrea Doria sunk off Nantucket in 1956. In 1981, divers recovered a Banco di Roma safe and the currency inside. The
salvagers sandwiched some of the notes in large lucite holders. In 2008, PCGS Currency certified the notes, applying their seals and labels.
These are the largest slabs of which I know, weighing over three pounds. They measure 9" by 6" and all come in presentation boxes. Shipwreck coins exist
from several well-known wrecks, but when did you last see shipwreck currency?
These come in four varieties: Italy 1000 lire (the most "common"), US $1 silver certificates (the most popular), and Italy 50 lire and 100 lire (the scarce
types). If you look on eBay or other online resources, you will see sales of the 1000 lira and $1, but I can find no comparables for the 50 and 100 lire. They
are the scarcest of the Andrea Doria relics.
Taken as a whole, they are the largest, and certainly heaviest, slabs I have seen. There are some holders that are larger in two dimensions. PCGS Currency
and PMG made (thin) holders for uncut currency sheets. Certified Guarantee Company (CGC), the comic book grader, makes slabs that are much lighter and thinner
but larger in two dimensions.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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