Coins Grading - Coin Grades

 

Coin grading is very important to mark a specific coin as authentic and it's value.

An authentic coin without being graded by an official coin grading authority has a lower value as a coin that is graded by them.

 

Coin grading is done by giving a certain code to the coin.

Once graded by an official coin grading company the coin will be placed in a sealed plastic box with the grade of the coin inside the box on it.

 

But what do these codes mean...here is a complete coin grading code list,

     
State of the Coin Grading Code Grading Explanation
Fleur du coin - FDC coin grade
Fleur du Coin FDC This only applies to proof coins and these coins are absolutely perfect, without any marks, wear or blemishes.
Mint State or uncirculated coins
Mint State Unc The UNC graded coins are uncirculated and have totally no trace of wear.
Almost uncirculated - AU coin grading

Almost Uncirculated

AU AU graded coins have a small trace of wear visible on the highest points.
Extremely fine - XF or EF coin grading
 Extremely Fine XF or EF XF grade coins (or EF) have a very light wear on only the highest points.
Very fine - VF coin grades
Very Fine  VF VF grade coins have a light to medium wear. All major features are sharp.
Fine - F coin grades
Fine F F grade coins have moderate to heavy even wear. The coin design is clear and bold.
Very Good - VG coin grades
Very Good VG  VG grade coins are well worn. The design is clear, but flat and with lacking details.
Good - G coin grade
Good  G G grade coins are heavily worn. The design and legend are visible but faint in spots.
About Good - AG coin grading
About Good  AG   AG grade coins have a outlined design and parts of date and legend worn smooth.
Fair coin grading
Fair  Fair  With a coin that has been graded as fair you can identify the coin as to it's type.
Basal state coin grade
Basal State Basal With a basal graded coin you can identify the lump of metal as being a coin.
Most coin collectors are collecting coins who are graded VG or better since the design should be recognizable. The higher the coin grade of authentication, the higher the value of the coin will be when sold.
 

 

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