MS-70 (Mint state perfect uncirculated) - is as perfect as a coin gets, considered "perfect uncirculated". All coins MS-60 and higher are Mint State coins. It is worth noting that Proof is not a grade, but a type of coin.
MS-70 This is for "Mint State" (the grade) and "70" (the numerical designation of that grade). A perfect coin! Even with 5X magnification there are no marks, hairlines or luster breaks in evidence.
MS-70 The perfect coin showing no trace of wear. The finest quality possible with no evidence of scratches or contact marks from other coins. Extremely few regularly issued coins get this grade. Attractive and outstanding eye appeal.
The grades from MS-60 to MS-70, as well as the Proof designations, are all based primarily on eye appeal, quality of luster and/or toning, and the presence or absence of contact marks, hairlines, etc.
Mint StateThe term corresponding to the numerical grades MS-60 through MS-70, used to denote a business strike coin that never has been in circulation.
Perfect Mint State (MS-70)
It is a theoretical perfection. To achieve such a grade, the planchet will have to have been perfectly formed, and have flawless, lint-free surfaces.
While I think that numbers can make a good shorthand for grades, in my opinion such notations as MS-60, MS-63, MS-65, MS-67, and MS-70 have also spawned a large measure of confusion.
MS-70 is the ideal, and is rare. MS-60 to MS-65 are the norm, and the higher the number, the better the coin. The luster may be lacking, but as long as the coin has no wear, you have a MS-quality United States coin
* AU means almost uncirculated.
Mint state coins vary from MS-60 to MS-70. As I stated earlier, MS-70 is perfect. No blemishes, good strike, great color, and a lot of other really nit picky stuff. Trust me, any coin you have that isn't slabbed isn't MS-70.
There are some sellers on eBay that sells tons of coins that are graded MS-70. If you really research the feedback on these items you will find out that in the opinion of many of the buyers, many of the coins are no where near MS-70.
Proof: Not a condition, but the coin has been struck using specially prepared dies and blanks, and the minting process has been carried out usually twice with extra pressure to ensure the die is filled.
To begin with, ANACS' grading system operates from a premise that all coins are MS-70 quality immediately after striking.
This corresponds to the numerical grades MS-60 through MS-70, used to denote a business strike coin that never has been in circulation.
Current accepted grading standards provide for a range of un-circulated grades, from the grade of MS-60 to MS-70. MS60 would be a lower grade (yet still) un-circulated coin with normal bag marks for that type of coin.
Perfect Uncirculated (MS-70) - Perfect new condition, showing no trace of wear. The finest quality possible, with no evidence of scratches, handling or contact with other coins.
A mint state (MS) grading depends on a coin's luster, contact marks, hair lines and overall appeal. A coin can have a grade ranging from MS-60 (dull luster) to a flawless MS-70.
Grades from MS-60 to MS-70 in one point increments are used for mint state coins.
MS-65 described an above average mint state coin with fewer than normal bagmarks, and an MS-70 was an exceptional uncirculated coin, which might fall somewhere close to today's MS-65 grade.
For years, numismatists used only the grades MS-60, MS-65, and MS-70. But several years ago, many identifying finer grading classifications. The difference in value or price between similar coins of different grades became dramatic.
A perfect flawless coin is assigning the grade of MS-70, or Mint State 70. A coin that can barely be identified is the lowest grade of Poor 1. So all coins should be able to fall some where between 1 and 70.
We really have no quarrel with anyone who wishes to buy ultra numbers, and suggest that the beautiful sets currently sold by the Bureau of the Mint give ample opportunity to buy MS-70 and Proof-70 coins from now until next Sunday.
Higher-grade coins are labeled MS-61 up to MS-70. Coins showing wear are graded below MS-60 and fall into grades from AU down to G, with G being a coin showing great wear and AU being a coin showing little wear.
Perfect Uncirculated (MS-70)
Completely new. Absolutely no marks or scratches. Incredibly rare.
MS: abbreviation for Mint State, a grading term, usually tied to a number (for example, MS-63, MS-70, etc.). mule: an unintended pairing of two dies.
multiple-struck: a coin that was struck more than once.
mutilated: a severely damaged coin.
An Uncirculated or Proof coin generally agreed as the equivalent of grading MS-70 on a 70 point scale. Extremely rare.
Pick Up Point
An area where a feature, such as die doubling, is the most visible.
Why is it then that we use every number allocated to the mint state grades, those being MS-60 through MS-70? The answer is because with mint state coins, each slight difference in grade can be measured in monetary terms.
Mint and have been made in an extremely limited run of 300,000 total coins. The network's largest seller has been the first strike, MS-70 American Buffalo, which at $999 is being offered at a discount to the $1,099 to $1, ...
Mint State (MS 60-70) - A coin in its original uncirculated condition with no visible wear. Ranges from MS-60, a coin with a low eye appeal and many surface marks, to MS-70, a perfect coin.
Defined as a coin that under four power magnification will show no bag marks, lines, or other evidence of handling or contact with other coins. It is graded as MS-70 on the numerical scale of Dr. Sheldon.
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10.1400g, 0.9860 Gold, .3170oz AGW, 22mm
Mintage: est. 50,000
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