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22 Oct 2018

Most Difficult To Grade Coins

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Coin grading is one of the most important things a collector must learn before going very far into the hobby. Coin grading is not only valuable to find the condition of your coins but also to make sure you’re buying or selling coins at a fair price based on their condition. Professional coin grading services, such as PCGS, NGC, and ANACS, have trained professionals to determine the grade, and thus, the value of your rare coin(s). Some coins are easy to grade, while others are much moredifficult, for one reason or another. Often this involves the design of the coin, which may be unique to a specific series. This can also makedeterminingif a coin is genuine difficult. These are some of the most difficult coins to grade, even for professionals who have been in the profession for many years.

16 Oct 2017

Coin Grading Scale

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The coin grading scale is very important to finding the value of a coin. The Sheldon coin grading scale, which is the most common grading scale and is used by the grading services, contains grades from 0 to 70, with 70 being the best and 0 being the worst. One or two letters are in front of the number to include the more overall grade.

24 Sep 2017

Uncirculated Coin? Proof Coin?

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A proof coin is any coin that was created by the mint to be a proof coin. In the United States, proof coins are either minted at the San Francisco mint and contain an "S" mint mark, or at the West Point mint, containing a "W" mint mark. Depending on the year of mintage, though, proof coins have been struck in other mints, like Philadelphia. Generally, when the government creates proof coins, pennies, nickels, dimes, etc. are created in San Francisco and the more special bullion coins, containing the metals silver, gold, and platinum, are created at West Point. Examples of coins minted at the West Point mint is the 2017 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Coin.

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