NGS & PCGS coin grading scale

Strike Type

MS Mint State. Coins struck in the same format as circulation issues. Applies to grades 60 to 70.

 

PF Proof. Coins struck in a special format for collectors.

SP Specimen. A hybrid between Mint State and Proof.

 

 

Strike Characters

RD Red. A coin with full mint red lustre.

RB Red Brown. A coin with a mix of red lustre and brown patina.

BN Brown. A coin with full or nearly full brown patina.

Ultra Cameo Applies only to PF coins. The fields are deeply mirrored and the devices are heavily frosted for bold contrast on both sides of the coin.

Cameo Applies only to PF coins. The fields are deeply mirrored and the devices are frosted for moderate contrast on both sides of the coins.

DPL Deep Prooflike. Applies only to circulation issues. The fields are deeply mirrored and the devices are heavily frosted on both sides.

PL Prooflike. Applies only to circulation issues. The fields are mirrored and the devices may be frosted on both sides.

 

 

Numeric Grades

MS/PF70 
A coin with no post-production imperfections at 5x magnification.


MS/PF69 
A fully struck coin with nearly imperceptible imperfections.


MS/PF68 
Very sharply struck with only miniscule imperfections.


MS/PF67 
Sharply struck with only a few imperfections.


MS/PF66 
Very well struck with minimal marks and hairlines.


MS/PF65 
Well struck with moderate marks or hairlines.


MS/PF64 
Average or better strike with several obvious marks or hairlines and other miniscule imperfections.


MS/PF63 
Slightly weak or average strike with moderate abrasions and hairlines of varying sizes.


MS/PF62 
Slightly weak or average strike with no trace of wear. More or larger abrasions than an MS/PF 63.


MS/PF61 
Weak or average strike with no trace of wear. More marks and/or multiple large abrasions.


MS/PF60 
Weak or average strike with no trace of wear. Numerous abrasions, hairlines and/or large marks.


AU58 
Slight wear on the highest points of the design. Full details.


AU55 
Slight wear on less than 50% of the design. Full details.


AU53 
Slight wear on more than 50% of the design. Full details except for very minor softness on the high points.


AU50 
Slight wear on more than 50% of the design. Full details except for minor softness on the high points.


XF45 
Complete details with minor wear on some of the high points.


XF40 
Complete details with minor wear on most of the high points.


VF35 
Complete details with wear on all of the high points.


VF30 
Nearly complete details with moderate softness on the design areas.


VF25 
Nearly complete details with more softness on the design areas.


VF20
Moderate design detail with sharp letters and digits.


F15 
Recessed areas show slight softness. Letters and digits are sharp.


F12
Recessed areas show more softness. Letters and digits are sharp.


VG10 
Wear throughout the design. Letters and digits show softness.


VG8 
Wear throughout the design. Letters and digits show more softness.


G6 
Peripheral letters and digits are full. Rims are sharp.


G4 
Peripheral letters and digits are nearly full. Rims exhibit wear.


AG 3 
Most letters and digits are readable. Rims are worn into the fields.


FR 2 
Some details are visible. Rims are barely visible.


PO 1 
Enough detail to identify the coin's date and type. Rims are flat or nearly flat.

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