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Old 06-13-2012, 01:33 PM   #1
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America the Beautiful Bullion Coins - Damage?

I bought a 5 oz "Gettysburg" coin from APMEX. It's almost 3" in diameter. It came in a round, hard plastic case. I never opened the case (couldn't figure out how ) Then I started noticing damage to the coin which look like fine scratches or even bag marks. The only conclusion I can draw is that some foreign object inside the case is scratching the coin. Has anyone ever encountered this before? APMEX is supposed to give me an RMA number to send it back.
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Old 06-13-2012, 02:06 PM   #2
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Hi Cybrsk8r, welcome to the forum.

I bought a few 5ozt ATB coins from Apmex in the past and never noticed any problem with any of them. Glad to hear that Apmex customer support is working to resolve the problem for you.
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Old 06-13-2012, 02:14 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Cybrsk8r View Post:
I bought a 5 oz "Gettysburg" coin from APMEX. It's almost 3" in diameter. It came in a round, hard plastic case. I never opened the case (couldn't figure out how ) Then I started noticing damage to the coin which look like fine scratches or even bag marks. The only conclusion I can draw is that some foreign object inside the case is scratching the coin. Has anyone ever encountered this before? APMEX is supposed to give me an RMA number to send it back.
How long did you have it before you noticed the scratches? Do you think they were scratched before or after you recieved them?
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:46 PM   #4
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Wish I could say for sure. I don't remember seeing this scratching when I first unpacked it. What I'm most concerned about is just to the left and slightly above "In God We Trust".

I just recieved it last night. I didn't actually handle it much, and never removed it from the case.
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Old 06-14-2012, 03:39 AM   #5
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Are you sure its not the hard plastic case that has the scratches? I'm not trying to insult anyone but those cases can fool you and have caused me to open it only to find that it is the mere case with the scratches. Just asking....
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:00 PM   #6
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I was hoping that was the case myself, but I looked at it from an oblique angle and the scratch appears to be on the surface of the coin. I haven't heard from APMEX with an RMA, so maybe I don't have anything to lose by opening the case. Worse case scenario is that I sell the coin for scrap silver.
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Originally Posted by Cybrsk8r View Post:
Worse case scenario is that I sell the coin for scrap silver.
Scrap silver?? It's still .999 Ag, scratches and all. Stack it and forget about it.
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:53 PM   #8
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I have had this too, only it turned out the case was where hte scratches are. Most coin shops will sell you those cases for a few cents to a buck or so bepending on quantity and size. If you bought it for collectors value, take it to the coin shop and let the pro's swap it out.
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