Your Guide to Coin Grading

Your Guide to Coin Grading

Coin grading is done on a numeric scale from one to seventy, within this scale there are different definitions that explain the condition of the coin. Throughout this page we will explain how grading is done and how to evaluate your own coins grade.

Coin Grading Scale

The below table explains coin grading and has a small definition on how that grade is determined.

 

Numeric Values Grade Definition
0 & 1 Poor (PO) Barely recognizable. Large parts of the design will be completely flat. The date may be barely visible or completely missing. Also known as Basal State.
2 Fair (FR) Rims worn well into the design. There should be outlines of some of the images visible on both sides of the coin, but the lettering may be completely gone. Enough of the date should be visible to identify the coin.
3 About Good (AG) Most of the design of the coin will be outlined, but the rims will generally have worn far enough into the design to obliterate parts of the lettering or stars. Sometimes referred to as Almost Good.
4 & 6 Good (G) The general design of the coin will be outlined, but there will be very little detail and some parts may be very weak.
8 & 10 Very Good (VG) The coin will have medium to heavy wear, but some details will still be visible.
12 & 15 Fine (F) The coin will have medium wear, with quite a few details visible and some high spots obviously worn away.
20, 25, 30 & 35 Very Fine (VF) The coin will have medium to light wear overall, and all general details will be visible.
40 & 45 Extremely Fine (XF) The coin has light wear over the high points only. There may be some traces of mint luster. Also commonly abbreviated as EF.
50, 53, 55 & 58 About Uncirculated (AU) The coin has wear ranging from extremely light to only a trace of friction on the highest points, along with medium to nearly full luster. AU is sometimes referred to as Almost Uncirculated.
60, 61 & 62 Uncirculated (MS) An uncirculated coin with noticeable deficiencies, generally either an overabundance of bagmarks, a poor strike, or poor luster.
63 Select Uncirculated (MS) An uncirculated coin with fewer deficiencies than coins in lower uncirculated grades.
64 Choice Uncirculated (MS) An uncirculated coin with moderate distracting marks or deficiencies.
65 & 66 Gem Uncirculated (MS) An uncirculated coin with only minor distracting marks or imperfections. At this point, mint luster is expected to be full, although toning is quite acceptable.
67, 68 & 69 Superb Gem Uncirculated (MS) An uncirculated coin with only the slightest distracting marks or imperfections.
70 Perfect Uncirculated (MS): An utterly flawless coin.
n/a PR or PF Proof is not a grade. The term refers to a method of manufacture rather than the condition of the coin. Proof coins are graded exactly as other coins of the series, yet always receive the abbreviation PR or PF.

 

The below chart is a visual representation of the above.

Coin Grading Chart

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