70 Point Grading Scale

Perfect Uncirculated

MS70 /PR70
The perfect coin. No Visible flaws. The strike is sharp, perfectly centered & on a flawless planchet.

MS69/PR69
A perfect coin except for microscopic flaws.

Superb Gem Uncirculated

MS68/PR68
Full original mint luster. No visible contact marks. Exceptional eye appeal.

MS67/PR67
Has almost all of original mint luster. Minor imperfections. Exceptional eye appeal.

MS66/PR66
Above average mint luster. Minor contact marks.Excellent eye appeal.

Gem Uncirculated

MS65/PR65
Strong luster. Few contact marks. Very good eye appeal.

MS64/PR64
Average mint luster. Several contact marks. Overall eye appeal is good

Choice Uncirculated

MS63/PR63
Slightly impaired luster. Has contact marks and nicks. Strike is average to weak. Average eye appeal

MS62/PR62
Reduced mint luster evident. Highly visible contact marks. Bad rim quality. Below average eye appeal.

Uncirculated

MS61/PR61
Reduced mint luster evident. Contact marks scattered throughout and visible hairlines. Unattractive eye appeal.

MS60/PR60
No mint luster. Obvious contact marks, hairlines and may have rim nicks. Poor eye appeal

Choice About Uncirculated

AU58
Almost full luster. Hints of wear marks. No major contact marks. Positive eye appeal.

AU55
Almost full luster. Slight trace of wear on highest points of design. No other defects.

About Uncirculated

AU53

AU50
Atleast half of original mint luster is still evident. Slight traces of wear on high points. May have contact marks. Low eye appeal.

Choice Extremely Fine

EF45/XF45

Extremely Fine

EF40/XF40
May show some luster. Slightly worn design but overall detail sharp and well defined.

Choice Very Fine

VF35

VF30
Has light even wear on the surfaces. Highest points lightly worn but all lettering and major features sharp.

VF25

Very Fine

VF20
Has light even wear on the surfaces. Highest points lightly worn but all lettering and major features sharp.

Fine Very Fine

F15

FINE

F12
Moderate to considerable even wear. Overall design elements are bold. Almost fully seperated rims.

Very Good

VG8
Very worn. All major design elements are clear.

Good

G6

G4
Heavily worn. Details are mostly gone.

About Good

G3
Heavily worn. The date is barely readable. Other aspects of design worn smooth.

Fair

FR2
Worn almost smooth but coin is identifiable.

Poor

1
Barely identifiable. Only basal detail remains.

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