Educate Yourself On How We Grade Coins
Altier Rare Coins has numismatist working on site who grade and authenticate each coin prior to making an offer.
We are authorized dealers of both PCGS & NGC, the leading 3rd party numismatic authentication companies.
Coin Grading – How We Grade Coins
This is a term used for a coin that is hardly recognizable; it must have mint mark and date.
It is a term for coins that are almost smooth and does not have much damage.
These coins have been heavily worn, and the engravings have blended into the rims in places, and its components are almost non-existent.
(VG-8) Very Good
These are coins that are much worn, but their crucial design elements are flawless.
Coins in this category are very worn. The wear impact is even with the entire design elements are in perfect condition, and its rims are virtually entirely separated.
(VF-20) Very Fine
Used to denote coins that are discreetly worn with some excellent details evident on them. Letters of LIBERTY should be clear. It must have full and clean rims.
(EF-40) Extremely Fine
Coins in this category are lightly worn, its major devices are bold and bright.
(AU-50) About Uncirculated
These coins have minor hints on high points; may not appeal to the eyes and may possess contact marks.
(AU-58) Very Choice About Uncirculated
It has an enticing eye appeal, almost full shine, it has the least signs of wear marks and no main contact marks.
(MS-60) Mint State Basal
These coins are stringently uncirculated with clear contact marks as they are ugly without luster.
(MS-63) Mint State Acceptable
These coins are uncirculated, possesses nicks and contact marks, its shine slightly weakened, it has a fair, attractive form.
(MS-65) Mint State Choice
Its strike is above average as it is also uncirculated with resilient luster, its eye appeal is exceptional and very few contact marks on it.
(MS-68) Mint State Premium Quality
Coins in this class are uncirculated with perfect gloss as it lacks clear contact marks to the human eye. It also has an excellent eye appeal, and their strike is gorgeous and sharp.
(MS-69) Mint State Almost Perfect
These coins are uncirculated with unadulterated luster, catchy strike, excellent features that appeal to the eyes. Its defects can only be seen by a microscope as it looks perfect.
(MS-70) Mint State Perfect
Coins in this category are the best as they are considered perfect and unblemished. Their strike is perfectly-centered, well-defined, and on a spotless planchet. These coins are renowned for their cheerful, unique shine and eye-catching features. This grade is only ever given to modern coins, which have surpassed the MS69 grade.