Poor-1 - Only the basic coin type is identifiable. Date
and mintmark must be strong enough to be readable.
Entire surface is worn and may be disfigured by
numerous blemishes.
Moeda muitíssimo gasta, corroída, legenda e data
obliteradas o que as torna quase ilegíveis, sem que,
contudo, haja dúvidas na sua identificação.
Moeda com bastante desgaste no desenho, legendas e
data, apresentando porém visíveis as características
principais de classificação.
On the About Good (AG) coin, there will typically be only The Good (G) coin's design will be clearly outlined but
Fair-2 - Most of the design details are worn completely
a silhouette of a large design. The rim will be worn down with substantial wear. Some of the larger detail may be
smooth. Much of the legend and date are merged into
into the letters if any.
visible. The rim may have a few weak spots of wear.
the field. Rims are flat or missing. May have serious
nicks, dents, and defects.
G-4 (Also Good-4) - Heavily worn. Major design
AG-3 (Also About Good-3) - Very heavily worn, with
elements are visible, but with faintness in areas. Head
portions of the lettering, date, and legends worn
of Liberty, wreath, and other major features, as
smooth. The date is barely readable. Rims merge into
applicable, are visible in outline form, without center
the lettering.
detail. Rims may be incomplete in spots.
Moeda circulada. Relevo da gravura com consideráveis
sinais de desgaste, mas com todos os detalhes bem
visiveis, incluíndo a legenda e data. Pode apresentar
mossas ou riscos.
Moeda pouco circulada. Superficíes mais elevadas da
gravura com sinais de desgaste. Pode apresentar
pequenas mossas no rebordo.
For Fine (F), there will be about 50% of the original
detail visible. Or, on a coin with no inner detail, there wil
On the Very Good (VG) coin, there will be about 25% of
be fairly heavy wear over all of the coin. Sides of letters
the original detail visible. There will be heavy wear on all VG-10 (Also Very Good-10)¬ - Even wear throughout the
F-15 (Also Fine-15)¬ - Shows moderate even wear
will be weak. A typically uncleaned coin will often
entire coin. Parts of the rim may be flat but still
of the coin.
appear as dirty or dull. A small grading area will have through the surface. Entire design is bold and clear with
discernable. Some of the letters in LIBERTY are
traces of flattening.
just under 50% of the original detail.
F-12 (Also Fine-12)¬ - Moderate to considerable even
wear. Entire design is bold. All lettering, including the
word LIBERTY (on coins with this feature on the shield or
headband), is visible, but may only show parts of the
letters. Twenty cent coins with raised letters in LIBERTY
are an exception.
VG-8 (Also Very Good-8)¬ - Well worn. Major design
elements are visible, but with faintness in areas. Head
of Liberty, wreath, and other major features, as
applicable, are visible in outline form, without center
detail. LIBERTY is mostly worn away.
VF-30 (Also Choice Very Fine-30)¬ - Light even wear
shows on the surface; design details on the highest
points begin to soften, but all lettering and major
features are bold.
VF-35 (Also Choice Very Fine-35)¬ - Surfaces show light
overall wear with minor blemishes. May have one or
two small rim nicks. All details show clearly.
Moeda que aparenta não ter circulado. Ligeiros sinais de
desgaste nos pontos mais altos do relevo da gravura,
alguma oxidação ou pátina uniforme.
The Very Fine (VF) coin will have about 75% of the
original detail visible. Or, on a coin with no inner detail,
VF-25 (Also Very Fine-25)¬ - Entire surface shows light
there will be moderate wear over the entire coin.
signs of wear and softening of design elements. Major
Corners of letters and numbers may be weak. A small
features are strong and clear. Some of the minor details
grading area will have about 66% of the original detail.
blend into the design.
VF-20 (Also VeryFine-20)¬ - Moderate noticeable wear
on the higher parts of the design. Minor details are
beginning to flatten. Surfaces are attractive and free of
serious blemishes, erosion, nicks, or scratches.
Moeda que nunca circulou, mantendo o brilho ou o baço
provocados pela cunhagem. Pode apresentar ligeiras
marcas de abrasão por ter estado em contacto com
outras moedas durante o fabrico ou transporte.
On the Extremely Fine (XF or EF) coin, there will be
about 95% of the original detail visible. Or, on a coin
EF-45 (Also Choice Extremely Fine-45)¬ - Has light
with a design with no inner detail to wear down, there
For Almost Uncirculated (AU or AU-50), all detail will be
AU-53 (Also About Uncirculated-53)¬ - Noticeable spots
overall wear on the coin's highest points. All design
will be a light wear over nearly all the coin. If a small
visible. There will be
of wear on several high points. Very few contact marks
design is used as the grading area, about 90% of the details are very sharp. Mint luster is usually seen only in wear only on the highest point of the coin. There will
or blemishes and generally good eye appeal. Luster is
original detail will be visible. This latter rule stems from protected areas of the coin's surface such as between
often be half or more of the
the star point and in the letter spaces.
the logic that a smaller amount of detail needs to be
original mint luster present.
present because a small area is being used to grade the
whole coin.
AU-50 (Also About Uncirculated-50)¬ - Shows traces of
EF-40 (Also Extremely Fine-40)¬ - Has only slight wear
wear on many of the highest parts of the design. On
but more extensive than the preceding (EF-45), still with
many of these coins, some of the original mint luster is
excellent overall sharpness. Traces of mint luster may
still present. May have a few noticeable contact marks
still show. All design elements show clearly.
or flaws.
AU-55 (Also Choice About Uncirculated-55)¬ - Only small
patches of wear are visible on the highest points of the
design. As is the case with the other grades described
here, specific information is listed in The Official
American Numismatic Association Grading Standards for
U.S. Coins under the various coin types, for wear often
occurs in different spots on different designs. Eye
appeal and surface are above average.
AU-58 (Also Very Choice About Uncirculated-58)¬ - The
barest trace of wear may be seen on one or more of the
high points of the design. No major detracting contact
marks will be present and the coin will have attractive
eye appeal and nearly full luster, often with the
appearance of a higher grade.
Moeda absolutamente impecável, sem apresentar o
mais pequeno vestígio de manchas, mossas ou qualquer
For Uncirculated (Unc. or MS-60) grades there will be no
visible signs of w
or handling, even under a 30-power microscope. Bag
marks may be present.
MS-60 - Unattractive, dull, or washed-out mint luster
may mark this coin. There may be many large
detracting contact marks, or damage spots, but no trace
of circulation wear. There could be a heavy
concentration of hairlines or unattractive large areas of
scuff marks. Rim nicks may be present, and eye appeal
is very poor. Copper coins may be dark, dull, and
MS-61 - Mint luster may be diminished or noticeably
impaired, and the surface may have clusters of large
ands mall contact marks throughout. Hairlines could be
very noticeable. Scuff marks may show as unattractive
patches on large areas or major features. Small rim
nicks and striking or planchet defects may show, and the
quality may be noticeably poor. Eye appeal is somewhat
unattractive. Copper pieces will be generally dull, dark,
and possibly spotted.
MS-65 - Shows an attractive high quality of luster and
MS-62 - An impaired or dull luster may be evident.
MS-63 - Mint luster may be slightly impaired. Numerous MS-64 - Has at least average luster and strike for the
strike for the date and mint. May have a few small
Clusters of small marks may be present throughout with small contact marks and a few scattered heavy marks
type. Several small contact marks in groups, as well as
scattered contact marks, or two larger marks may be
a few large marks or nicks in prime focal areas.
may be seen. Small hairlines maybe visible without
one or two moderately heavy marks may be present.
present. One or two small patches of hairlines may
Hairlines may be very noticeable. Large unattractive magnification. Several detracting scuff marks or defects
One or two small patches of hairlines may show.
show. Noticeable light scuff marks may be seen on the
scuff marks might be seen on major feature. The strike, may be present throughout the design or in the fields.
Noticeable light scuff marks or defects might be seen
high points of the design. Overall quality is above
rim, and planchet quality may be noticeably below
The general quality is about average, but overall the
within the design or in the field. Overall quality is
average and eye appeal is very pleasing. If copper, the
average. Overall eye appeal is below average. If
coin is rather attractive. Copper pieces may be
attractive, with a pleasing eye appeal. If copper, the
coin has some attractive luster with original or darkened
copper, the coin will show a diminished color and tone.
darkened or dull. Color should be designated.
coin may be slightly dull. Color should be designated.
color, as designated.
MS-66 - Has above average quality of surface and mint
MS-67 - Has original luster and normal strike for date
luster, with no more than three or four minor or
and mint. May have three or fours very small contact
MS-68 - Has attractive sharp strike and full original
noticeable contact marks. A few light hairlines may
marks and one more noticeable but not detracting mark. luster for the date and mint, with no more than four
show under magnification, or there may be one or two
On comparable coins, one or two small single hairlines light scattered contact marks or flaws. No hairlines or
light scuff marks showing. Eye appeal is above average
may show, or one or two minor scuff marks or flaws
scuff marks show. Has exceptional eye appeal. If
and very pleasing for the date and mint. If copper, the
may be present. Eye appeal is above average. If
copper, the coin is lustrous and has original color.
coin displays original or lightly toned color (which must
copper, the coin has luster and original color.
be designated).
MS-70 - The perfect coin. Has very attractive sharp
strike and original luster of the highest quality for the
date and mint. No contact marks are visible under
MS-69 - Has very attractive sharp strike and full original
luster for the date and mint, with no more than two
small non-detracting contact marks or flaws. No
hairlines or scuff marks can be seen. Has exceptional
eye appeal, with full original color and luster.