Condition Affects Value of Three Cent Nickel
There are some simple methods you can employ to roughly gauge the potential grade of your coin. One trick is to look at the rim of the coin. A coin in Good condition will likely have a rim that feels worn down and parts of the rim may be completely worn away. A coin in excellent condition, however, will have a rim that remains crisp and deeply textured. You can also look at other details such as Lady Liberty’s hair.
The hair on a coin in great condition can still be felt easily and has maintained most of its detail. A coin in Good condition, however, may have hair that is noticeably worn down or bears surface scratches. To earn a grade of Extremely Fine, the coin must have almost zero imperfections. This means all details such as text and imagery must be in practically pristine condition with no surface damage or blemishes.