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    Posted: 27 Dec 2006 at 4:09am

Dr. William Sheldon standardized coin grading by developing a 70 point scale for classifying coin condition. It is now known as the Sheldon Scale which runs from 1 to 70. Originally designed for large cents, but it is now used for all US coin series.

The Sheldon grading scale
Perfect uncirculated
MS70
Superb gem uncirculated
MS69
MS68
MS67
MS6
6
Gem uncirculated
MS65
MS64
Choice uncirculated
MS63
MS62
Uncirculated
MS61
MS60
Choice about uncirculated
AU58
AU55
About uncirculated
AU53
AU50
Choice extremely fine
XF45
Extremely fine
XF40
Choice very fine
VF35
VF30
VF25
Very fine
VF20
Fine - Very Fine
F15
Fine
F12
Very good
VG8
Good
G6
G4
About good
G3
 Fair FR2
Poor
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Starwarsfreak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2006 at 10:33am
 I am making this a sticky so when people give their estimates on grades, they don't have to look through the forum to find this chart!


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GDJMSP Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Dec 2006 at 6:25am
This may be even more helpful -
 
How To Grade US Coins - http://www.coingrading.com
 
 
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Starwarsfreak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jan 2007 at 3:40am
Originally posted by GDJMSP GDJMSP wrote:

This may be even more helpful -
 
How To Grade US Coins - http://www.coingrading.com
 
 
 
 


Thank you, GDJMSP! Thats a helpful link.


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Thanks silverhawk!
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Dr sheldon originally assigned what he called basil values to each coin. so according to him a Fine 12 coin was worth 3 times what a Good 4 coin was worth and so on. Obviously it doesn't work today as an MS 64 in most series would be worth far more then 16 times what a good 4 is worth. But it is interesting how the scale came about. read his book penny whimsey, I bought it before  I ever bought my first large cent and it was worth the money.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote peterplanchet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Jan 2009 at 9:08am
The idea of the grade being directly proportional to the values is quite interesting. Imagine a rare MS65 Morgan worth only 65/63 (about 1%) more than an MS63. It shows that the emphasis collectors place on gem BU coins is relatively recent.

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Dear i think they don't have to look through the forum to find this chart....??
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