Breakout

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lioncutter
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Breakout

Post by lioncutter » Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:10 pm

What is the best way to take break out a coin from a TPG holder using everyday or around the house items? Is it different for different company's holders say PCGS to ANACS or NGC? Is there one that is difficult to breakout?
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Re: Breakout

Post by vampicker » Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:32 pm

I use a bench vise. Great for control, cuts down on the shattering and other issues
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Re: Breakout

Post by blh74 » Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:03 am

I use a belt sander on all the edges. It is fast and easy.

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Re: Breakout

Post by VamHelsing » Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:36 pm

I use a chop saw. Carefully...

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Re: Breakout

Post by lioncutter » Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:03 am

Thanks for the responses. I will try all three of these ideas.
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Re: Breakout

Post by Tekkie1 » Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:17 am

Either of these would work too Patrick. :D :D


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Re: Breakout

Post by messydesk » Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:19 am

Stand the slab on edge on a concrete floor and whack with a hammer. Wear safety glasses.
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Re: Breakout

Post by lioncutter » Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:35 pm

Tekkie1 wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:17 am
Either of these would work too Patrick. :D :D



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Yes, that would work here in guntucky. :D
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Re: Breakout

Post by bigjayvee » Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:02 pm

I'm with JB, and I wrap a towel or rag around the slab to catch all the plastic splinters. ;)

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Re: Breakout

Post by colwillys » Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:58 pm

Stand holder on it side , find the seem , use a wood chisel and small hammer .. hit the seems this will crack open
the holder .. Hardest to open is ANACS .. Ease to open are pcgs then NGC .

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Re: Breakout

Post by raynat3 » Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:36 pm

I don't have a vice set up so I use 20" Channel Lock Pliers to control the amount of force to limit the amount of shatter.

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Re: Breakout

Post by weth » Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:22 pm

I've used a cutting wheel on a Dremel tool, cutting along three edges of the holder then carefully prying it apart.

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Re: Breakout

Post by colwillys » Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:16 pm

Weth I like your way to open holders .. I will try that next time .

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Re: Breakout

Post by CascadeChris » Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:34 pm

All the suggestions here are great but once you master the "show style" of popping slabs you wont go back to anything else unless the coin has tremendous value. All you have to do is slam it on a hard concrete or similar floor flat side down, flipping sides between slams. It works very well on most slabs, is relatively safe and easy. The only risk is every once in a while you get a strange break that could damage the coin but I haven't damaged one yet. SEGS slabs dont really work with this method though. Their plastic is too thick and strange.

For coins worth around $1k or more I use bold cutters around the edges just to remove any possiblity of damage. Just to be ultra cautious.
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