With over 75 years of experience serving collectors, Littleton ‘s marking and quality Standards are widely recognized to be among the most rigorous in the business. We strive to bring you the most desirable coins within each grade. A brief presentation to coin scaling is found below .
Circulated coins have been used to some extent in daily commerce and have some “ wear ” from handling. Because older or scarce coins may be very difficult to locate in mint Uncirculated condition, Circulated coins may better suit your needs for some coin series and issues. The grades for Circulated U.S. coins are described below :
Coin will have a fully clear date. The rims will be closely wide and may be worn down to the tops of the letters. The purpose of the mint will be in full outlined .
Coin will have a in full defined rim and broad legends with all the letter and numerals distinct. Some detail in the design of the coin will begin to show .
centrist wear will be discernible. The date will be bold and all letters and legends will be clear. major elements in the plan will show some separation .
approximately two-thirds of the coin ’ s overall design will be visible. The date, letters and major elements of the plan will be precipitously defined .
All elements in the design will be distinctly visible. There may be mint luster apparent, specially around the edges of the design. The high points of the design will be slenderly worn .
Wear is discernible only on the highest points of the design ( points that extend highest above the surface ). There may be abundant mint luster.
Uncirculated and Proof Coins
Uncirculated coins are new coins that have never been in circulation. Coins may have been stored for many years in original mint sealed bags, or stored in bank wrapped rolls, or cautiously preserved by collectors. As a result, Uncirculated coins exhibit no wear from general circulation. Depending on contact they may have had with other coins and atmospheric conditions during or after coining, blemishes, cup of tea marks and tone may be present. Uncirculated coins may lack shininess and even be considered Uncirculated. Because Uncirculated coins represent greater choice and scarcity, they carry higher values. Uncirculated grades range from MS-60 Typical to MS-70 Perfect. Most Uncirculated coins range from MS-60 to MS-63+, as very few coins meet the technical standards for MS-65 or higher. It takes years of feel to become an expert at the scaling of Uncirculated coins. Littleton ’ s veteran buyers have developed big expertness in buying and grade Uncirculated U.S. coins .
proof coins are made by a special process using cautiously selected coin blanks and dies, which are meticulously polished and burnished to remove any and all imperfections. The coin blanks are hand-fed into a particularly adapted coin press, and are struck doubly – at decelerate amphetamine and with extra pressure – to produce high-relief features contrasted against trench mirrorlike surfaces. The dies are polished frequently, and are replaced after only a express number of strikes. The complete Proof coins are inspected to rigid standards, handled only with gloves or tongs, and particularly packaged for rescue to collectors .
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