NGC (Coin Grading)
Specimen. A hybrid between Mint State
A coin with no post-production imperfections at 5x magnification.
A fully struck coin with nearly imperceptible imperfections.
Very sharply struck with only miniscule imperfections.
Sharply struck with only a few imperfections.
Very well struck with minimal marks and hairlines.
Well struck with moderate marks or hairlines.
Average or better strike with several obvious marks or hairlines and other miniscule imperfections.
Slightly weak or average strike with moderate abrasions and hairlines of varying sizes.
Slightly weak or average strike with no trace of wear. More or larger abrasions than an MS/PF 63.
Weak or average strike with no trace of wear. More marks and/or multiple large abrasions.
Weak or average strike with no trace of wear. Numerous abrasions, hairlines and/or large marks.
Slight wear on the highest points of the design. Full details.
Slight wear on less than 50% of the design. Full details.
Slight wear on more than 50% of the design. Full details except for very minor softness on the high points.
Slight wear on more than 50% of the design. Full details except for minor softness on the high points.
Complete details with minor wear on some of the high points.
Complete details with minor wear on most of the high points.
Complete details with wear on all of the high points.
Nearly complete details with moderate softness on the design areas.
Nearly complete details with more softness on the design areas.
Moderate design detail with sharp letters and digits.
Recessed areas show slight softness. Letters and digits are sharp.
Recessed areas show more softness. Letters and digits are sharp.
Wear throughout the design. Letters and digits show softness.
Wear throughout the design. Letters and digits show more softness.
Peripheral letters and digits are full. Rims are sharp.
Peripheral letters and digits are nearly full. Rims exhibit wear.
Most letters and digits are readable. Rims are worn into the fields.
Some details are visible. Rims are barely visible.
Enough detail to identify the coin's date and type. Rims are flat or nearly flat.
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the high end of their assigned grade, approaching the qualify requirements for
the next grade. Read more...
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Red. A coin with full mint red luster.
Red Brown. A coin with a mix of red luster and brown patina.
Deep Prooflike. Applies only to
circulation issues. The fields are deeply mirrored and the devices are heavily
frosted on both sides.
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