Coin Grading Information
Grading of a coin is a personal thing and you will find that it can vary from dealer to dealer. We try our very best to grade coins to a satifactoy grade that we would like to purchase or own a coin in and that our customers are pleased with.
All references wrote beside coins are from ESC=English Silver Coinage from 1649. Bull=English Silver Coinage Maurice Bull. Spink=Coins of England
All Coins and Banknotes on this site are priced in £'s Sterling
Our coding for coins is as follows:
FDC - Proof - A coin struck with specially prepared dies, giving a superior mirror like finish.
BU - Brilliant Uncirculated - A coin with its original mint lustre
UNC - Uncirculated - A coin not having been in circulation but with possible signs of contact from other coins.
EF - Extremely Fine - In this grade the coin may look uncirculated but through a glass shows signs of contact/wear
VF - Very Fine - A coin that has been in circulation and is showing signs of wear.
F - Fine - A coin from circulation that is clearly showing signs of wear.
VG - Vey good - A coin that is worn but with readable date and legends.
Poor - A very worn coin, usually only collected in scarce dates.
LUS - Used for the word Lustre
We also use the signs + or - either side of the grade.
Obverse - This is the side of the coin bearing the Monarch's Head
Reverse - This is the side of the coin (tails side) that is regarded as being the least important side.