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How Grading Affects Coin Values
The grade of a coin imparts the value of a coin. Similar coins of the same date and mintmark are valued similarly when their state of preservation is the same. Likewise, prices can increase dramatically as the grade goes up. For example, an 1880-S Morgan Silver Dollar (a common-date Silver Dollar from the San Francisco Mint) in a high state of preservation such as an MS-66 routinely sells for up to 13 times the value of the same date Silver Dollar in a circulated grade ($260 vs. $20). And the price for scarcer or rare-date coins goes up even more significantly as the numerical grade increases.
The Appeal of Coin Grading
Coin grading was developed as a way for buyers and sellers to agree on the actual state of preservation of a particular coin. Each coin submitted to a third-party grading service is assigned a numerical grade by a team of experienced coin graders and is then sealed in a protective plastic holder. As long as the coin remains in the holder, it will be valued at the assigned grade. The sealed holders allow numismatists (coin collectors) and dealers to buy and sell coins with confidence knowing they are graded by set standards.
Third-Party Grading Services
Third-party certification is highly valued among coin collectors. Grading services such as PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) and NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) have been around since the 1980s, providing professional, fully independent certification to millions of coins during that time. These coins commonly trade on a sight-unseen basis, as third-party certification provides buyers and sellers confidence in the consistent grading quality. Having coins backed by a PCGS or NGC guarantee often adds increasing liquidity to the product, which can result in higher prices realized.
Our In-House Numismatic Team
It is important that a Precious Metals retailer be able to verify every collectible they sell. The world-class numismatic team at APMEX is one of the company’s biggest assets, with more than 67 years of combined professional numismatic experience, plus another 24 combined as hobbyists. Members of the team have been featured in The Numismatist, Coin World, CoinWeek and Numismatic News multiple times, including cover articles and professional profiles. Our senior members currently teach, or have taught, classes on counterfeit detection and coin grading at the ANA Summer Seminar and the World’s Fair of Money.
The unique identification number assigned by the grading service for each coin series submitted to them.
The condition of a coin based on the Sheldon Grading Scale, from Poor-1 to Mint State-70 or Proof-70, plus any attributes or designations guaranteed by the grading service.
Letter(s) added to a coin to indicate the location of the mint where the coin was made. For example, “W” for the West Point Mint or “S” for the San Francisco Mint.
The total number of coins graded by a specific grading service for a particular coin and grade combination.
The total number of coins that have obtained a higher grade than the subject coin by a particular grading service.
The total number of coins produced at a specific mint for a particular date and mintmark combination.
- Coin ID: The unique identification number assigned by the grading service for each coin submitted to them.
- Grade: The condition of a coin based on the Sheldon Grading Scale, from Poor-1 to Mint State-70 or Proof-70, plus any attributes or designations guaranteed by the grading service.
- Mintmark: Letter(s) added to a coin to indicate the city where the coin was made. For example, “W” for the West Point Mint or “P” for the Perth Mint.
- Population: The total number of coins graded by a specific grading service for a particular coin and grade combination.
- Graded Higher: The total number of coins that have obtained a higher grade than the subject coin by a particular grading service.
- Mintage: The total number of coins produced at a specific mint for a particular date and mintmark combination.
Learn More About Grading
Certified coins can range from grades 1 to 70, with each grade featuring different characteristics and states of preservation. Read more about the importance of grading, how grading started and see a comparison of coins at every level of certification.Keep Learning