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Adjectival Grades

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Definition: Adjectival grades are the mostly subjective coin grades used prior to the widespread acceptance of the Sheldon 70-point coin grading scale. Some of the most common adjectival grades included:
  • Poor (P)
  • Fair (FR)
  • About Good (aG)
  • Good (G)
  • Very Good (VG)
  • About Fine (aF)
  • Fine (F)
  • Very Fine (VF)
  • Good Very Fine (gVF)
  • About Extremely Fine (aEF)
  • Extremely Fine (EF)
  • Choice Extremely Fine (XF)
  • About Uncirculated (AU)
  • Uncirculated (Unc)
  • Brilliant Uncirculated (BU)
  • Choice Uncirculated (Choice Unc or Choice BU)
  • Gem Brilliant Uncirculated (Gem BU)
The last 3 grades in this list are approximately equivalent overall, but they may have held a higher or lower meaning to a particular dealer or auction firm.

Most of these grades have been assigned a numerical value under the modified Sheldon 70-point grading scale.

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