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Grading Standards - Preservation

good EF to FDC

Grade

Preservation Description

Metal

Greek

Roman

Fleur de Coin

(FDC)

Virtually perfect  - no wear, well struck, well centered, no noticeable defects.

Coins failing to reach FDC due to traces of wear are sometimes graded Superb.

Gold

Silver

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Uncirculated

Mint State

(UNC)

As struck, no wear, but one or more minor defects - centering, flan defects, minor knocks. AV, AR retain nearly all mint lustre. AE has brilliant patinated surfaces.

Bronzes in this grade are extremely rare, except silvered late Roman AE

Gold

Silver

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nearly   (about) Uncirculated

nearly
Mint State

(AU)

Only the slightest trace of wear. Appears UNC at first glance. AV, AR retain most mint lustre. AE has very glossy patinated surfaces.

Bronzes in this grade are very rare, except silvered  late Roman AE

Gold

Silver

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good
Extremely Fine

(good EF)

(EF+)

Slight traces of wear appearing more as rubbing than loss of detail. AV, AR retain much mint lustre unless heavily toned. AE has glossy patinated surfaces.

Bronzes in this grade are quite rare, except silvered late Roman AE

Gold

Silver

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