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Grading Coins

Grading coins is difficult and requires special focus and tools to examine coin details. Countries vary in the grading system they use. For example the U.S. and Canada have a slightly different system. As well, certification services offered by companies can also differ in the grade given to the same coin. 

A "grade" measures a coin's appearance. There are generally five main components which determine a coin's grade: strike, surface preservation, luster, coloration and eye appeal. Grading is subjective and even experts can disagree about the grade of a given coin.

To learn more about grading, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) has a grading game to try at this link: 


NGC has a guide to coin grading at this link. (click picture above)

PCGS has grading standards at this link. (Click picture above.) 

Heritage Coins has an on-line grading tutorial at this link. (Click picture above.) 

CoinsCanada offers an easy to follow view of grading for Canadian coins at this link. (Click picture above.) 

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