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In simple terms, in a grade of VF there will be significant wear to the minor details but no major detail can be completely worn through. Some of the smallest of the major details (such as the leaves in a laurel wreath) may be partially worn through on the aVF specimens.

Great Britain. James I (1603-1625). Gold laurel. (9.00 gm). . Second, medium, square headed bust of James I / Crowned coat of arms. Spink 2638. Weakly struck in the center, nevertheless an attractive coin. Natural copper tone. Very fine.
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Very Fine (VF-20) - Shows moderate wear on high points of design. All major details are clear.
Choice Very Fine (VF-30) - Light even wear on the surface and highest parts of the design. All lettering and major features are sharp.

Very Fine: a grade range of 20 to 39 on a grading scale of 1 to 70.
Very Good: a grade range of 7 to 11 on a grading scale of 1 to 70.
vest pocket dealer: a person who deals in coins on a casual basis and who normally does not operate a coin shop or take tables at coin shows.

Very Fine-20 (VF20): You will find moderate wear on the high points of the design. All the major details are present.
Choice Very Fine-30 (VF30): This coin shows light even wear on the surface and on the highest parts of the design. All the lettering and features are sharp and clear.

The term corresponding to the grades VF-20, 25, 30, and 35. This has the broadest range of any circulated grade, with nearly full detail on some VF-35 coins and less than half on some VF-20 specimens.
Very Good ...

~ (VF-20)
There is moderate wear on all of the high parts of the coin and the designs and lettering have lost much of their sharpness. The original mint luster is virtually gone. A coin in "~" condition should have a full inscription, and all devices will be only moderately worn.

~ (VF) - Light to medium wear. All major features are sharp.

Grading term encompassing coins with nearly full detail down to coins with less than half detail.
W, X, Y and Z ...

~ (VF) - A coin in this condition shows obvious signs that it has been in circulation but it still has a good appearance. The coin rim can be slightly worn but still apparent and the relief features of the design can appear 'tired' but not worn away.

VF (~) - A grade, see the grading page
Weak Strike - A coin struck with insufficient pressure resulting in the design elements showing less detail than they should.

VF / ~
A grading term used for coins which display light, even wear on the surface and highest points of the DEVICES. All lettering and and major features remain sharp. On the SHELDON SCALE, it corresponds to a numerical grade between 20-35.

VF = ~ The design will now display obvious wear with small detail missing. However, major detail is still quite prominent. Moderate flat spots may show. Expressed in percent, werar is in the region of 26 to 35%.

Choice ~ (~-35)
The hair and feathers will be sharper than on coins in the lower ~ grades. Less wear will show on the wing tips and the shield lines will appear a bit sharper. The color and surfaces will be more pleasing than on a coin in the lower ranges of this grade.

VF-20 (~) - Clearly readable but lightly worn legends, devices show good detail, rims are clean, but the whole coin shows moderate wear on the high points and a little wear below.

~ or EF. FBL - "Full Bell Lines" - term used to indicate how well detailed a US Franklin Half Dollar is. The Liberty Bell makes up the reverse design on Franklin halves. Lines go across the bottom of the Liberty Bell.

~ (VF-20)
Moderately worn but all the details are clear. There may be some nicks and high points may be rubbed down a bit.
Choice ~ (VF-30) ...

VF grade coins have a light to medium wear. All major features are sharp.

~ - 20-35 on the Sheldon grading scale.
The differences in the manufacture of the same coin.

~ - just the slightest wear can be seen on the word LIBERTY
Extra Fine - LIBERTY and all other details will be sharp with just slight wear on the ends of the ribbons
There are many grades above the XF condition as well, but these are the average grades.

~ - 20. Abbreviation: VF-20 All the lettering, legends, date, and major features are sharp. Moderate wear on the highest points of the coin's design. Design details are clear.

~ (VF) : A definitely used coin but only the very slightest wear on high parts of the design.
Fine (F): Perceptible signs of wear, particularly on fine detail.

~ (VF-20)
Obverse: Leaves will be fully separated and many will show veins from the top to center of leaf. Half of horizontal lines in shield will be present, although unevenness in the strike may show flatness in mid or upper right area. Some detail in shield outline and arrows.

Term for the grades VF-20, 25, 30, and 35.
Very Good
Term for the grades VG-8 and VG-10.

The ~, raised lines that appear on the surface of some coins, particularly those that are well struck. These lines result from the dies being polished leaving behind minute scratches on the die. These scratches will show as raised line on any coin subsequently struck from them.

VF (~)
The grade of a coin having light to moderate wear on the highest points, with clearly defined details.
VG (Very Good) ...

1856-O, ~ +, Doubled Shield Line, POR

VF - ~
A coin that shows obvious signs of circulation, the high points and more intricate parts of the design will be completely worn away, some minor edge knocks and rim damage may be present. The coin should still be collectable with all the main features and details clear.

VF - ~
VG - Very Good
Wet Printing - Method of printing currency on wet sheets of paper, widely used by the BEP prior to Series 1957, and which often results in minor size and design differences, along with a slight rippled texture, ...

Hairlines - ~ lines or scratches on a coins surface.
Head (Obverse) - The front of most coins.
Incuse - Portion of a coin's design that has been pressed into the surface.

In my view, ~-20 to -30 grade 1843-O dimes, with pleasant natural toning and few imperfections, are excellent price values. Non-gradable pieces that have naturally retoned after being corroded or deliberately mis-treated may be good values for budget-minded collectors.

Nice Original ~ 1851 Large Cent

VF stands for ~ and means that the coin will have slight wear on the high points but all features are sharp and clear, although there may be some degradation on fine features such as hair or feathers on the coins.

~ (VF - 20) - A ~ coin grade indicates that the rims are clear and much of the wording is clear. There is moderate wear to the coin and the finer details are beginning to appear.

~ (VF): Detail clear, but obvious evidence of limited circulation. High spots worn but detail remains. Traces of mint lustre may linger amongst the letters of the inscription. (US Grade about XF) ...

1931-S. Coins grade from ~ to About Uncirculated. Lot of 7 coins.
Estimated Value $700 - 750.
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$863 ...

~ 20, 25, 30 & 35 - No mint luster present. Signifcant wear, however all lettering and devices will be fully readable and well defined.
Extremely Fine 40 & 45 25 - 50% Mint Luster present. Only the slightest bit of wear on the high points.

VF20 to VF35 is ~ - The ~ scale will show moderate to light wear on the high points of a coin. All details will be clear to sharp.
EF40 to EF45 is Extremely Fine - Some of the mint luster will be seen on this grade type. The details will be very sharp.

11. Dunham. ~, "field marks left of eighth star, before lower lip, between wing and base of D (per Breen). Mehl "Dunham" 06/1941 - Rarcoa "Bell II" 04/1963. This was stolen at the 12/1964 GENA convention.

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

aVF (F15?) about ~. Grade. aXF (VF35?) about Extremely Fine. 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.

choice Uncirculated, choice ~, etc. Used to describe an especially attractive example of a particular grade. Choice Unc Short for Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated An Uncirculated coin grading MS-64.

For a collectible coin, dealers and enthusiasts in Tokyo and Toronto use Fair, Fine, ~, Extremely 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.

Most 1841-D half eagles are in ~ to Extremely Fine 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.

This evolved for a time to the letter grading system of Basal State (almost never abbreviated), Fair (Fr), Almost Good (AG), Good (G), Very Good (VG), Fine (F), ~ (VF), Extra Fine (EF or XF), Almost Uncirculated (AU), Uncirculated (Unc) and Beautiful Uncirculated (BU).

Connoisseurs of early American coins compete to own the ~st pieces, adjudged on the basis of grade, eye appeal, strike, and originality. This coin stands tall on all four aspects, perhaps most importantly the last one.

A fragment of ~ and well finished Neolithic to early Bronze Age lithic object. The object appears to have been polished in much the same way as a Neolithic polished stone axehead. The striations of the polishing are visible on both surfaces.

cents, if not Uncirculated, then certainly in one of the other grades I had learned about - such as Fine or ~. Bob Rusbar furnished me with several Whitman folders, and before long I had a sprinkling of Lincoln cents from 1909 onward, missing such things as the 1909-S V.D.B.

Shippee, in contrast, paid $54,625 at a Stack’s auction for a ~ 35 1808 Capped Bust gold $2.50 quarter eagle the firm described as “one that will be within reach of many interested collectors,' and he resold it a little over a year later for $63,250.

NUPAM'S WEBPAGE FOR THE INDIAN COINS A ~ site for those interested in coins of India. Museum site featuring INDIAN COINS Another interesting site for those interested in coins of India. Kavan's site on coins of Sri Lanka. Great coin images and wonderful background information! ...

After the fine sanding of the die faces, hairlines if not polished completely out will leave ~ gouges in the die faces. This in turn will produce mirror image raised hairlines in each coin struck after the dies were resurfaced.

Comments: This is a fairly rare coin which Peters assigns as a R6 on the rarity scale, meaning 10-20 examples survive, although August and Sarrafian have recently revised this to an R5 (in their scale, 17-32 examples) in lower grades and quite rare in grades of ~ of higher.

Some of the full-face heads of Hermes on the coins of this town are ~ as works of art.

However, you must be aware that many dealers grade coins more loosely than Doug -- that is to say, his "~" may be nicer than the "~" of some unpictured coin you buy. However, his grades are what the better dealers use.

An 1852 large cent, for example, is worth about $18 in ~ and can be obtained with ease. The Flying Eagle cent of 1857 is valued at about $33 in ~, roughly the same as 1858; there are quite a few around but type collectors require either 1857 or 1858, driving up the price somewhat.

Thus, a Mint State-70 coin would, in theory, have been priced at exactly three and one half times the price of a ~-20 coin, Of course this system seems Particularly bizarre in light of today's pricing structure.

~ (VF)Slightly more wear will be evident without magnification but the coin is still in a high state of preservation. A magnifier will show numerous light scratches over the high points and on the fields of the coin.

In the first two years of minting the coin, 1762 and 1763, it was obviously produced for general circulation as these coins are generally found well worn; on the other hand, coins from the late issue (1817-20) are usually found in ~ condition, ...

Current practice allows intermediate grades such as ~-25 or Mint State-62 to be used.
STRIKE (1) To stamp a design into a blank planchet. (2) The degree of detail a coin had when first struck. Dependent on die state, this detail may vary from shallow and weak to bold and sharp.
T ...

It stands for "Premium Quality" a term which describes the ~st coins which fall into the categories of Mint State-65 or Proof-65. For example, an MS-65PQ graded coin is considered more desirable than a coin described simply as MS-65.

I once looked on as a dealer paid twenty times the current catalog value for a certain South American Peso that was only in ~ condition. What made this coin extraordinary was that it was very well struck and most, if not all, of the previously known examples of the piece was poorly struck.

They include AR tetradrachms with a portrait of Ptolemy II or Ptolemy III instead of the usual head of Soter (B. M. C., Pl. IX. 4-6, XI. 9; Hunter Cat., iii, Pl. LXXXII. 5), and a ~ AV octadrachm, perhaps struck at Ephesus, with obv. Head of Berenice II veiled, and rev.

PQ: An abbreviation for "Premium Quality," a term which describes the ~st coins which fall into a particular numerical grade.
Population (or Census): The number of coins that have been certified to date in particular grades by PCGS and NGC, respectively.

Plated: A term used to describe a coin that has had a ~ metal added to it; Zinc pennies are often plated with zinc to make them appear Uncirculated.
Plugged: A term used to describe when a coin with a hole in it has been repaired.

choice An adjectival description applied to coin's grade, e.g., choice Uncirculated, choice ~, etc. Used to describe an especially attractive example of a particular grade.
Choice Unc Short for Choice Uncirculated.
Choice Uncirculated An Uncirculated coin grading MS-63 or MS-64.

A term which describes the ~st coins that fall into any given grade, or that have some claims to a higher grade.
Presentation striking
A coin, often a Proof or an exceptionally sharp business strike, specially struck and given to a dignitary or other person.

1818 Bust Quarter Nice Affordable Type Coin ...

A raised, irregular line on a coin, ranging from ~ to very large, some quite irregular. These result when a hairline break occurs in a die.
die line ...

The quarter has a mintage of 484,613, the cent 484,000; yet in ~ (VF)-20, the cent is listed at $625 and the quarter at $140. Clearly, value is not directly related to absolute rarity; it is determined by consumers.

VF-Short hand for ~, an ANA grading classification.
VG-ANA grading standard meaning Very Good.
VG08-VG-ANA grading standard, very good level 8 to very good.

The combination like VF-XF (using the hyphen to separate the two grades) would indicate that the coin's overall average condition is between ~ and Extremely Fine condition.
Additional Numismatic Abbreviations
LD or L.D. - Large date ...

While the 20th century sovereigns can often be bought for close to bullion value, the earlier sovereigns, especially those in ~ condition or above, will have a numismatic or collector premium of 15% or more.

A beginning collector might feel that whole books devoted to points about grading every U.S. coin series, in addition to the basic general terms such as Good or ~, should indicate a well defined, fixed system, in which "standards" are just that because they are immutable.

A banknote that falls into “~' grade would be acceptable especially for some massive investors. With this grade, the banknote will illustrate clear signs of circulation, numerous folds or otherwise it will become unspoiled and compelling.

Only 1,120 examples of this date were struck, and 1854 is the only year in which a coin of this denomination was produced in Dahlonega. An acceptable ~ example of this popular and rare issue can be purchased for $15,000-20,000, while an Extremely Fine will cost between $20,000 and $30,000+.

*GF77c SEBASTE, Domitian. 81-96. Æ16. Bust right/Crested helmet with cheek pieces. Ros-10. Gd ~. Ex Superior NY International Sale 12/96. $300 [image] ...

The 1oz Gold Maple Leaf is a very sort after bullion coin all over the world. First introduced in 1979 at a time when the South African Krugerrand was the only other 1oz bullion coin available. Made of ~ gold .9999 which is all mined from Canadian gold mines.

A coin with the very slightest of wear is in "About Uncirculated" condition. In "Extremely Fine" condition wear is apparent in the hair above the forehead of Liberty, and little luster remains. A "~" coin shows moderate even wear over the entire coin.

Silver, 3.56 grams; 20.16 mm. Spanish mint. 18-16 BC. Obverse: bare head right. Reverse: Capricorn flying right with cornucopiae and rudder on globe, AVGVSTVS below. RIC I 126; Cohen 21; BMC 346; Sear (2000) 1592. Good ~.
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' But most observers would have been looking for the key-date 1914-D, not the '14-S, to realize a five-figure price. The S-mint, after all, is a coin that can be purchased in highly collectible ~ condition for less than $50.

Based on the numerical scale we use with 70 as perfection and 1 as the lowest grade, then a Very Good coin is either an 8 or a 10. It is not until we reach the grade ~-35 that a coin numerically becomes the "average" grade.

VF (VF20, VF30, perhaps VF35) ~. Grade. VG (VG8, VG10) Very Good. Grade. W West Point (New York). Mintmark, 1984-present. want list A tabulation of collectibles sought by a collector, often including limits on condition and/or price.

See also: See also: What is the meaning of Coin, Mint, Grade, Struck, Revers?

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