Grade Scale

PLEASE NOTE: APCGS does not use the Sheldon Scale of grading like our foreign competitors. Since we are an Australian grading company, we grade to Australian Standards (ANDA). For instance, if we grade a coin EF-45, you will be purchasing a coin that rates EF in ANDA Standards.

Pre-decimal coin grades (prior to 1966)

PO-1 (POOR)

Identifiable date and type VF-30 (VF) Almost complete detail with flat areas MS-62 (UNC) No wear. Slightly less marks/hairlines, strike may not be full

FR-2 (FAIR)

Mostly worn, some detail is visible

VF-35 (VF+)

Detail is complete with high points flat

MS-63 (chUNC)

No wear. Moderate number of marks/hairlines, strike may not be full

AG-3 (aGOOD)

Worn rims but most lettering is readable though worn

EF-40 (aEF)

Detail is complete with most high points slightly flat

MS-64 (chUNC)

Few marks/hairlines, strike should be average or above

G-4 (GOOD)

Slightly worn rims, flat detail, peripheral lettering nearly full

EF-45 (EF)

Detail is complete with some high points flat

MS-65 (GEM)

Minor marks/hairlines though none in focal areas, above average strike

G-6 (GOOD+)

Rims complete with flat detail, peripheral lettering full

EF-47 (EF+)

Detail is complete with a few high points flat. Superior eye appeal

MS-66 (GEM)

Few minor marks/hairlines though none in focal areas, good strike

VG-8 (VG)

Design worn with slight detail

AU-50 (aUNC)

Full detail with friction over most of the surface, slight flatness on high points

MS-67 (GEM)

Virtually as struck with minor imperfections, very well struck

VG-10 (VG+)

Design worn with slight detail, slightly clearer

AU-55 (aUNC)

Full detail and friction on less than 1/2 of surface, mainly on high points

MS-68 (GEM)

Virtually as struck with slight imperfections, slight weakness of strike allowed

F-12 (FINE)

Some deeply recessed areas with detail, all lettering sharp

AU-58 (aUNC+)

Full detail with only slight friction on high points

MS-69 (GEM)

Virtually as struck with minuscule imperfections, near full strike necessary

F-15 (FINE+)

Slightly more detail in recessed areas, all lettering sharp

MS-60 (UNC)

No wear. May have many heavy marks/hairlines, strike may not be full

MS-70 (GEM)

As struck with full strike

VF-25 (aVF)

Some definition of detail, all lettering full and sharp

MS-61 (UNC)

No wear. Multiple heavy marks/hairlines, strike may not be full

 

Decimal coin grades (1966 to now)

PO-1 (POOR)

Identifiable date and type VF-30 (VF) Almost complete detail with flat areas MS-62 (UNC) No wear. Slightly less marks/hairlines, strike may not be full

FR-2 (FAIR)

Mostly worn, some detail is visible

VF-35 (VF+)

Detail is complete with high points flat

MS-63 (UNC)

No wear. Moderate number of marks/hairlines, strike may not be full

AG-3 (aGOOD)

Worn rims but most lettering is readable though worn

EF-40 (aEF)

Detail is complete with most high points slightly flat

MS-64 (chUNC)

Few marks/hairlines, strike should be average or above

G-4 (GOOD)

Slightly worn rims, flat detail, peripheral lettering nearly full

EF-45 (EF)

Detail is complete with some high points flat

MS-65 (chUNC)

Minor marks/hairlines though none in focal areas, above average strike

G-6 (GOOD+)

Rims complete with flat detail, peripheral lettering full

EF-47 (EF+)

Detail is complete with a few high points flat. Superior eye appeal

MS-66 (chUNC)

Few minor marks/hairlines though none in focal areas, good strike

VG-8 (VG)

Design worn with slight detail

AU-50 (aUNC)

Full detail with friction over most of the surface, slight flatness on high points

MS-67 (chUNC)

Virtually as struck with minor imperfections, very well struck

VG-10 (VG+)

Design worn with slight detail, slightly clearer

AU-55 (aUNC)

Full detail and friction on less than 1/2 of surface, mainly on high points

MS-68 (GEM)

Virtually as struck with slight imperfections, slight weakness of strike allowed

F-12 (FINE)

Some deeply recessed areas with detail, all lettering sharp

AU-58 (aUNC+)

Full detail with only slight friction on high points

MS-69 (GEM)

Virtually as struck with minuscule imperfections, near full strike necessary

F-15 (FINE+)

Slightly more detail in recessed areas, all lettering sharp

MS-60 (UNC)

No wear. May have many heavy marks/hairlines, strike may not be full

MS-70 (GEM)

As struck with full strike

VF-25 (aVF)

Some definition of detail, all lettering full and sharp

MS-61 (UNC)

No wear. Multiple heavy marks/hairlines, strike may not be full

 

Definitions on copper coins

BN

Brown
RB Red Brown

RD

Red