Grades and Abbreviations
The grades you will find on my website follow what is known as the "Sheldon Scale", which is simply a standardized method for the grading of numismatic material. Below is an explanation of grade and metal abbreviations:
NGC: Numismatic Guaranty Corporation- Official coin grading and authenticating service provider.
PCGS: Professional Coin Grading Service- Official coin grading and authenticating service provider.
ANACS: American Numismatic Association Certification Service- Official coin grading and authenticating service provider.
(Grades, Low to High in descending order)
G: Good- Details are full, rim is sharp
VG: Very Good- Exhibits wear throughout design. Soft details
F: Fine- Sharp details, recessed areas are soft
Ch. F: Choice Fine- Sharp details, recessed areas are slightly soft
VF: Very Fine- Near complete detail. Wear on high points, soft design
Ch. VF: Choice Very Fine- Complete detail. Wear on high points.
XF: Extra Fine- Complete detail. Slight wear on high points.
Ch.XF: Choice Extra Fine- Complete detail. Very slight wear on some high points
AU: Almost Uncirculated- Full details. Slight wear on more than 50% of design
Ch.AU: Choice Almost Uncirculated- Full details. Very slight wear on parts of design
MS: Mint State- Uncirculated coin with seperate grading scale based on production imperfections.
BI: Billon- Alloy of Silver and base metal, usually copper or bronze
EL: Electrum- Naturally occurring alloy of Gold and Silver
Fourrée: French for "Stuffed", a base metal coin with a thick silver or gold plating, sometimes indicative of ancient counterfeit.