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Mint State - What is a Mint State Coin?

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Definition: A mint state coin is a coin that is in the pristine condition that it was in when it left the mint. A mint state coin will show no signs of circulation whatsoever, but it can have normal mint processing defects such as bag marks and other dings.
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Mint state coins must never be touched by your bare fingers, because the oils in your skin can mar the surface of the coin.

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