A debatable subject, are COAs important to you ?
With the introduction of the "Great engravers" coin collection, so many people have jumped on the bandwagon to make a "quick buck". Good luck to the flippers, everyone has to earn money by whatever means are available.
I am a collector, and it is becoming difficult at times to find some coins at reasonable prices due to the crazy prices these coins are selling for. One potential problem for me is the popularity of graded coins and the use of slabs. The reasoning for grading is obvious and the question "Would you prefer a perfect coin or a coin with all of the paperwork attached ?
We all know that a COA with Number 001 on it does not necessarily mean that this was coin number 1 struck, we know how it works.
Now here is my problem. I have collected all 11 x 10oz silver proof queens beasts coins, all in capsules / boxed and with COAs. So what I hear you say 11 PF70 slabbed coins would be better. Possibly so but that it not my case.
One of my coins "The griffin" has been lost in transit somewhere ! The dealer I always used is genuinely upset about this and has sourced a replacement "slabbed" PF69 coin for me from overseas at no extra cost to myself. With a mintage of only 140 the choices are quite limited.
A replacement capsule and box can be provided but a COA cannot. The Royal Mint will not provide a COA without having the coin ! NGC and PCGS allegedly throw away the boxes and COAs (why keep them as the coin has been graded and protected in the slab !
I will now have 10 coins in capsules and one in a slab, maybe cosmetic but a bit frustrating. Buying a display box with 10 coins with COAs and one slabbed coin without would put me off, would it put you off ?
Has anyone else had similar issues ? Maybe the majority of people wouldn't really care as it is a high grade coin. Is there anywhere to get a COA for this coin other than creating a false cert ?