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Extremely Fine (EF-40) - Design is lightly worn throughout, but all features are sharp and well defined. Traces of luster may show.
Choice Extremely Fine (EF-45) - Light overall wear shows on highest points. All design details are very sharp. Some of the mint luster is visible.

Extremely Fine: Of interest to collectors are many Mercury dimes in Extremely Fine condition. The slight even wear leaves the majority of the design crisp and sharp. Liberty's hair above the eye is evidently worn but just slightly, wing details are beginning to show some smoothness.

Extremely Fine The grades EF40 and 45. This grade has nearly full detail with only the high points worn, the fields rubbed often with luster still clinging in protected areas.

Extremely Fine (Extremely Fine-40)
Wear will be obvious but it will be more confined than on lower grade coins. Much of the wear will be localized on the tip of the coronet, the hair near the ear of Liberty and the wing tips.

Extremely Fine: same as Extra Fine.
eye appeal: the visual aspects of a coin. Coins with nice eye appeal are worth a premium.
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~-40 (EF40): The coin's design is lightly worn. Traces of luster may show.
Choice ~-45 (EF45): The coin has wear on all the high points of the design but all the design elements are sharp. The coin must have some mint luster to qualify for this grade! ...

~ - Term for the grades EF40 and EF45.
Extremely high relief - The 1907 double eagle issue designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The coin had so much depth that multiple punches from a powerful press were required to fully bring up the detail.

~ (EF-40 or XF-40)
There is light wear on the high points of the designs, but there is still an excellent overall sharpness. Considerable mint luster will still show in the protected areas. In general, a coin in "~" condition includes a wide range of quality.

The grades EF40 and 45 in coin grading. This condition has nearly full detail with only the high points worn, the fields rubbed often with luster still clinging in protected areas.
Extremely High Relief ...

~ (XF or EF) - Very light wear on only the highest points.

A grade of coin with nearly full detail and only the high points worn.
eye appeal ...

~-An ANA grading standard for coins that are well above standard condition.
eye appeal-Subjective term referring to a coin's overall attractiveness or appearance.
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~ (EF) - This is a condition of a coin that is almost perfect but which has had a little circulation and therefore will possess some small faults although often difficult to detect with the naked eye.

EF (~) - A grade, see the grading page
Effigy - The name given to the Head on the obverse of a coin. For example the Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on all current British coins. Shown in Illustration 1, top of page.

EF / ~
Also sometimes referred to as XF. A grade given to coins which show light traces of wear throughout but features are still sharp and well-defined. Traces of luster may also show. On the SHELDON SCALE, a grade of EF translates to a numerical grade between 40-45.

EF-40 (~) - Legends are sharp, devices are clear with slight but obvious wear on the high points.
XF-45 (Choice ~) - Legends and devices are clear and sharp, with slight wear on the high points, and great eye appeal.

XF or EF
XF grade coins (or EF) have a very light wear on only the highest points.

~ - 40. Abbreviation: EF-40 Slight wear overall on the coin's design but more wear than an EF-45 coin. The coin exhibits excellent overall sharpness in its design details which remain well defined. Traces of mint luster may still be present.

~ (EF): Nearly as good as uncirculated. No definite signs of wear but the very highest points of the design may show the slightest signs of rubbing.
Very fine (VF) : A definitely used coin but only the very slightest wear on high parts of the design.

~ (EF-40)
Obverse: Leaves will be bold with most of the center lines showing. Shield lines should be clear, but may be lacking in certain areas due to strike. Should be some luster among the letters. Cross has some wear but is clearly defined. Tips of laurel leaves show some wear.

In ~, this set should run at least in the $55,000-65,000 range, and more if the collector is picky and seeks choice EF45 coins with CAC stickers.

Note: ~ style with incredible details and careful legend execution. A scarce issue, noted only in Sear for officinas E and S. Graded and encapsulated by NGC Ancients (David Vagi) as Mint State with 3/5 Strike and 4/5 Surfaces.

Extra/~ (XF/EF-40)
Lightly but evenly worn. All details are very sharp but there may be some slight scratches. There may be some of the original color (mint luster).
Choice Extra/~ (XF/EF-45) ...

"Choice ~, nearly About Uncirculated." Ex - Cogan's sale of April 1863 - Charles Ira Bushnell, Lorin G. Parmelee, H.P. Smith - George H. Earle - Carl Wurtzbach - Virgil M. Brand - Belden Roach - Will W. Neil - F. Eubanks - Stack's sale of January 3, 1952 - Mrs. R.

EF - ~
A coin that has had a short period of circulation and will show very slight wear on the high points that is barely noticeable to the naked eye.

EF - ~
F - Fine
Foxing - Yellowish or brown staining. A form of environmental damage, not an error ...

➤ A PCGS ~ 40 1870-S Seated Liberty dollar.
The collection also features complete sets of all Seated Liberty and Barber coin series.
1796 Draped Bust dime ...

Acronym for ~
A duplicate coin created by the electrolytic method, where metal is deposited into a mold made from the original. The obverse and reverse metal shells are then filled with metal and fused together.

EF stands for ~ which means that the coin will show only slight wear on the highest points of the coin. XF means that the coin has extra fine quality, while F stands for fine.

~ 40 & 45 25 - 50% Mint Luster present. Only the slightest bit of wear on the high points.
Almost Unciruclated 50, 53, 55, & 58 - Virtually full mint luster with only minute evidence of wear.
Mint State 60-70 - See Mint State ...

EF40 to EF45 is ~ - Some of the mint luster will be seen on this grade type. The details will be very sharp.
AU50 to AU58 is Almost Uncirculated - The mint luster will mostly be all there on this type of coin. The wear will be very light on the high points.

EF - "~" or in some locations the term "extra fine" is used for this coin grading term. An EF coin is a high grade, but circulated coin. It should show light traces of wear, particularly on the highest features of the coin.

Circulated coins, at the time of this writing in 1993, consisted of the following grades: Poor, Fair, About Good, Good, Very Good, Fine, Very Fine, ~ (sometimes Extra Fine), and About Uncirculated. Abbreviated they are: Poor, Fr, AG, G, VG, F, VF, EF or XF, AU.

aXF (VF35?) about ~. Grade. B# (B1-B10?) Browning number (1925). Die variety - Bust Quarters, 1796-1838. B# (B1-B23?) Bolender number (1950, 1998). Die variety - Silver Dollars, 1794-1803. BB# (BB1-BBn?) Bowers and Borckardt number (1993).

EF-40This is for "~' (the grade) and "40" (the numerical designation of the grade). Also called XF-40. About 90% of the original detail is still evident and the devices are sharp and clear.

A circulated piece will cost you much more than the corresponding 1886-O; even in the grade of ~, for instance, the '85-CC dollar sells for nearly $600. But there are no huge increments as you go up the grading scale.

Extremely (Extra) Fine (EF - 40) - A grade of Extra Fine or ~ is given to a coin with very little wear and much of the major and minor details are clear and bold.

For a collectible coin, dealers and enthusiasts in Tokyo and Toronto use Fair, Fine, Very Fine, ~, Uncirculated and Fleur-de-coin (N.B.: the best)--like different grading systems in colleges and high schools abroad.
* MS is the honor roll.

~ or Extra Fine (EF or XF)Under magnification, these coins show only the slightest amount of wear in addition to slight bag marks. Wear will be confined to the very high points of the design and the natural mint lustre common to uncirculated coins will be still almost intact.

- All the higher grade (~ and better) coins we've examined appear to have been artificially circulated. This is noted by the "sweated" look seen when coins are tumbled with other coins.

Most 1841-D half eagles are in Very Fine to ~ condition and are common within the Dahlonega half eagle series. This date becomes scarce in Choice About Uncirluated condition and rare in Mint State. The strike on both the obverse and reverse are average in quality.

For example, a coin grader, unless they wish to be unorthodox, can give an ~ graded coin a numerical grade of EF-40 or EF-45. Someone who decided to use the numbers in between might be asked why they are doing unnecessary hair splitting.

or probably more, if ~; as I believe the very few specimens which are known are not in the highest state of preservation. No. 5 is rather scarce, and is worth from 1. to 1. l0s. The common and real Farthing of Anne, which was current generally, brings from 7s. to 12s.

It is listed in the December 2003 Coin Values at $25 in ~-40, $7,250 in MS-63, $45,000 in MS-64 and $165,000 in MS- 65. As you can see, large spreads in value can be based on very small differences in perceived quality. Be cautious if you venture into the area of condition rarity.

It is a realistic goal to assemble the complete set of twenty quarter eagles in ~-40 to ~-45 grades. Such a set should cost approximately $125,000-175,000. In About Uncirculated grades, this set becomes very difficult to assemble.

BUST HALF DOLLAR, LETTERED EDGE, 1836, ~-45, O-106a, listed by Overton as R-4 (Very Scarce), Breen 4730 var. This specimen has edge error lettering, similar to listed E19 type, making this coin even scarcer. With luster under old cabinet gun metal toning.

EF (EF40, EF45) ~. Grade. E Pluribus Unum "Out of many, one"; the motto on many U.S. coins. error Any unintentional deviation in the minting process resulting in one or more coins with a different appearance than intended.

Bolen copies in ~ to uncirculated condition usually sell in the $200-300 range. There are also many modern souvenir replicas that have no numismatic value. The replicas are typically sold at colonial tourist sites such as Williamsburg for $1.00 each.

Stylistically, Greco-Buddhist art started by being ~ and realistic, as apparent on the standing Buddhas, with "a realistic treatment of the folds and on some even a hint of modelled volume that characterizes the best Greek work" (Boardman).

The main export from western Tibet was the ~ shawl wool, which was taken to Kashmir to be woven into the famous shawls.

While obtainable with a little perseverance in the ~ to About Uncirculated grades, the 1955/55 Doubled Die is truly scarce at the choicer levels of Mint State preservation. This piece has only a few small marks on Lincoln's head.

Uncirculated - Looks like new, no abnormal markings or folds, no staples, clean signature and no stains
~ - Slight traces of wear
Very Fine - Minor traces of wear
Fine - Creased with clear signs of use and wear
Fair- Strong signs of use and wear ...

Slider - Current slang for a coin objectively ~ or About Uncirculated but salable as Mint State, particularly after cleaning and possibly recoloring.
Special Mint Sets - Substitute for proof sets, minted 1965-67.

The wire is ~, (approximately one tenth of a mm) although not of uniform thickness.
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Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Custom House', grid reference and parish protected.

MS62 NGC Lot 863 of the Superior Galleries March, 2001 previously Lot 2105 of the Superior Galleries September 1999 sale, previously ~ Lot 1531 of Stacks September 1977 sale, ...

(the two initials are interchangeable) ...

Gold medallions. ADVENTVS AVG. Emperor on horseback, with lance reversed. [This, by far the rarest medallion of Aurelian, and in ~ condition, brought 26.00 at the sale of the Thomas collection, in 1844. The same type is engraved in Akerman, Descr.Cat. ii. pl.I. p.91].

An almost circulated coin is between 50 and 60. An untrained eye most likely could not tell the difference between the two. ~ grades, between 40 and 50, have very light wear. As the grade decreases, so does the quality, but the differences are very subtle.

Detail is not the only criteria. Sometimes an A.U. coin (or even an ~ coin) will have better detail than an uncirculated coin. This, of course, is due to the fact that some coins are struck with more detail than others.

The numerical scale is intended to bring some precision to the old coin grading descriptions, which were Poor - Fair - Good - Fine - Very Fine - ~ - About Uncirculated - Uncirculated - Mint State.

Lists and auctions tend to emphasize higher priced coins (because of list overhead), but there are many interesting types that come in ~ quality for less than $40 that are readily available at shows and on eBay. Shows usually occur in big cities.

MYSIA. Cyzicus. Ca. 500-460 BC. Electrum stater (16.19 gm). Sphinx standing left on tunny left, right foreleg raised / Mill sail incuse. Von Fritze 72, pl. ii, 25. Boston 1456. With an exquisite archaic sphinx. ~ Estimated Value: $ 12, 500
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With the exception of a partial collection of Lincoln cents, which contained some high-grade early semi-keys (eg, 1911-D, 1912-D in ~-About ...

A total of just over 535,000 pieces were issued. The three-dollar denomination quietly expired in 1889 along with the gold dollar and nickel three-cent piece. Most three-dollar pieces are found in the grades of Very Fine or ~, many of them damaged from use as jewelry.

Very Good (VG) -8, 10
Fine (F) -12,15
Very Fine (VF) -20,25,30,35
~ (XF) -40,45
Almost Uncirculated (AU) -50, 55, 58
Mint State (MS) - 60 (Average), 61, 62 (Select), 63 (Choice), 64, 65 (Gem), 66 (Superb), 67, 68, 69, 70 (Perfect) ...

As a result, the 1913-S Variety II commands a higher premium than other Buffalo nickels of that year. While the collector may expect to spend from $10 to $75 for one of the other 1913 pieces in ~ condition, the 1913-S in the same grade commands about $200.

because the documentation of sparse issues is by definition poor: only in the last dozen years, for example, has the first of the famous EID MAR denarii (whose antiquity has sometimes been doubted) been recorded in a secure ancient context; in the second case, removal of an ~ coin may ...

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