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Proof: A specially made coin distinguished by sharpness of detail and usually with a brilliant mirror-like surface. Proof refers to the method of manufacture and is not a condition, but normally the term implies perfect mint state unless otherwise noted and graded as below.

Mint State: The terms MintState (MS) and Uncirculated (Unc.) are interchangeably used to describe coins showing no trace of wear. Such coins may vary to some degree because of blemishes, toning or slight imperfections as described in the following subdivisions.

Perfect Uncirculated (MS-70): Perfect new condition, showing no trace of wear. The finest quality possible, with no evidence of scratches, handling, or contact with other coins. Very few regular issue coins are ever found in this condition.

Choice Uncirculated (MS-65): An above average Uncirculated coin which may be brilliant or lightly toned and has very few contact marks on the surface or rim. MS-67 through MS-62 indicate a slightly higher or lower grade of preservation.

Uncirculated (MS-60): Has no trace of wear, but may show a number of contact marks, and surface may be spotted or lack some luster.

Choice About Uncirculated (AU-55): Barest evidence of light wear on only the highest points of the design. Most of the mint luster remains.

About Uncirculated (AU-50): Has traces of light wear on many of the high points. At least half of the mint luster is still present.

Choice Extremely Fine (EF-45): Light overall wear shows on highest points. All design details are very sharp. Some of the mint luster is evident.

Extremely Fine (EF-40): Design is lightly worn throughout, but all features are sharp and well defined. Traces of luster may show.

Choice Very Fine (VF-30): Light even wear on the surface and highest parts of the design. All lettering and major features are sharp.

Very Fine (VF-20): A moderate amount of wear on the highest points of the design. All major details are clear.

Fine (F-12): Moderate to considerable even wear. The entire design is bold with an overall pleasing appearance.

Very Good (VG-8): Well worn with main features clear and bold although rather flat.

Good (G-4): Heavily worn with the design visible but faint in areas. Many details are flat.

About Good (AG-3): Very heavily worn with portions of lettering, date, and legends worn smooth. The date may be barely readable.






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