Numismatic Dictionary

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There are 18 names in this directory containing the search term grade. Clear results.
artificial toning
Term describing the coloring of a coin by using a chemical on its surface.The lowest price of a particular coin issue and grade offered for sale. See also bid.

bid
The highest price of a particular coin issue and grade offered for sale. See also ask.

body bag
Term used to describe a coin that is returned by a grading service that was not encased and without a grade because or a problem with the coin.

census
A count of the known specimens of a particular numismatic item. Third party grading services maintain a census of the coins they grade.

commercial grade
See also market grade

condition rarity
A term to describe a common coin that is rare when found in high grades.

consensus grading
The process of evaluating the condition of a coin by using multiple graders.

filler
A low-grade coin used to fill a space in a collection. Fillers are usually used in place of rare and other higher priced coins.

finest known
The coin that is known to be the best preserved of its type. See also grade.

gem
Used to describe higher grade uncirculated or proof coins that suggest it has a high aesthetic appearance.

grade
A term used to describe the condition of a coin

grader
A person that professionally evaluates the condition of coins.

junk box
Usually found at coin shows, these are boxes of coins that are of low grade or common coins that are of lesser value that dealers offer for sale at discount prices.

market grade
The grade at which most reputable dealers and auction houses would offer an uncertified coin.

over-grading
The practice of assigning a coin’s grade a value above what it truly deserves. An inexperienced grader or a deliberate act to deceive buyers can be reasons coins may be over-graded. See also grade.

split grade
A coin whose obverse grade is different from its reverse grade.

third-party grading service
An independent company that authenticates, grades, attributes and encapsulates coins

under-grading
The practice of assigning a coins grade a value below what it truly deserves. An inexperienced grader or a deliberate act to deceive sellers can cause coins to be under-graded coins. See also grade.

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