NGC (Coin Grading)

NGC (Coin Grading)

Strike Type

MS
Mint State. Coins struck in the same format as circulation issues. Applies to grades 60 to 70.
PF
Proof. Coins struck in a special format for collectors.

SP

Specimen. A hybrid between Mint State and Proof.


Numeric Grades

MS/PF70

A coin with no post-production imperfections at 5x magnification.

MS/PF69

A fully struck coin with nearly imperceptible imperfections.

MS/PF68

Very sharply struck with only miniscule imperfections.

MS/PF67

Sharply struck with only a few imperfections.

MS/PF66

Very well struck with minimal marks and hairlines.

MS/PF65

Well struck with moderate marks or hairlines.

MS/PF64

Average or better strike with several obvious marks or hairlines and other miniscule imperfections.

MS/PF63

Slightly weak or average strike with moderate abrasions and hairlines of varying sizes.

MS/PF62

Slightly weak or average strike with no trace of wear. More or larger abrasions than an MS/PF 63.

MS/PF61

Weak or average strike with no trace of wear. More marks and/or multiple large abrasions.

MS/PF60

Weak or average strike with no trace of wear. Numerous abrasions, hairlines and/or large marks.

AU58

Slight wear on the highest points of the design. Full details.

AU55

Slight wear on less than 50% of the design. Full details.

AU53

Slight wear on more than 50% of the design. Full details except for very minor softness on the high points.

AU50

Slight wear on more than 50% of the design. Full details except for minor softness on the high points.

XF45

Complete details with minor wear on some of the high points.

XF40

Complete details with minor wear on most of the high points.

VF35

Complete details with wear on all of the high points.

VF30

Nearly complete details with moderate softness on the design areas.

VF25

Nearly complete details with more softness on the design areas.

VF20

Moderate design detail with sharp letters and digits.

F15

Recessed areas show slight softness. Letters and digits are sharp.

F12

Recessed areas show more softness. Letters and digits are sharp.

VG10

Wear throughout the design. Letters and digits show softness.

VG8

Wear throughout the design. Letters and digits show more softness.

G6

Peripheral letters and digits are full. Rims are sharp.

G4

Peripheral letters and digits are nearly full. Rims exhibit wear.

AG3

Most letters and digits are readable. Rims are worn into the fields.

FR2

Some details are visible. Rims are barely visible.

PO1

Enough detail to identify the coin's date and type. Rims are flat or nearly flat.



Designations

Plus & Star Characters

(NGC Plus Designation)

NGC assigns a  to coins at the high end of their assigned grade, approaching the qualify requirements for the next grade. Read more...


(NGC Star Designation)

NGC assigns its trademarked Star () Designation to coins with exceptional eye appeal for their assigned grade. Read more...


Strike Characters
RD
Red. A coin with full mint red luster.

RB
Red Brown. A coin with a mix of red luster and brown patina.

BN
Brown. A coin with full or nearly full brown patina.
Ultra Cameo
Applies only to PF coins. The fields are deeply mirrored and the devices are heavily frosted for bold contrast on both sides of the coin.
Cameo
Applies only to PF coins. The fields are deeply mirrored and the devices are frosted for moderate contrast on both sides of the coins.

DPL

Deep Prooflike. Applies only to circulation issues. The fields are deeply mirrored and the devices are heavily frosted on both sides.

PL
Prooflike. Applies only to circulation issues. The fields are mirrored and the devices may be frosted on both sides.


NGC Releases Designations

Early Releases
NGC offers the Early Releases designation for selected coins received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository during the first 30 days of release.

First Releases
NGC offers the First Releases designation for selected coins received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository during the first 30 days of release.