What is Brilliant Uncirculated & Almost Uncirculated?
Coin grading is an important part of determining the value of a coin, regardless of whether or not the coin is BU or AU. Many novice coin collectors may not be able to tell the difference, but it is important to know the difference when buying any numismatic collection. Grading is used to base the value of a coin on the coin's state of preservation. Your standard quarter and dime would not rate very high in regards to modern standards of coin grading. However, uncirculated coins, whether BU or AU, are rated high on the Sheldon scale, a scale created by Dr. William Sheldon in 1949 to rate and grade coins. Uncirculated coins may rate very high on the Sheldon scale, but it is important to note that not all coins require a certification or grade. Generally speaking, a coin that is between 60-70, BU, on the scale is considered to be on the upper end of the scale, making uncirculated coins top tier.