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The following explains our numismatic gradings:

Coins

 
Grading
Abbreviation
Detailed explanation
Fleur de Coin
FDC
Literally 'flower of the die', absolutely flawless. (Only used by us for proof issues and exceptional circulation issues.)
Gem Uncirculated
Gem
The highest grade for any coin minted for circulation. No wear whatsoever, no handling marks, full original colour with no detracting toning. Near perfect strike.
Choice Uncirculated
Choice Unc
No wear whatsoever, handling marks from the production process only, but must be minimal. Copper coins may have light toning, silver coins may have a natural patina. Strike not necessarily strong.
Uncirculated
Unc
Never used in circulation. No wear at all on high points, clear fields, and usually with some original mint lustre. May be toned. May show very minor bag marks or light scratches due to bulk handling procedures in most mints.
Extremely Fine
EF
Close to uncirculated, but probably taken out of circulation after some handling. Often with considerable original mint lustre, but may show light marks in the field. No significant wear on design high points.
Very Fine
VF
All lettering and design details clearly defined. High points show minor wear only. Some field and rim marks evident. Quite attractive.
Fine
F
Significant wear on high points, some marks in fields, but clear lettering and designs. Free of any disfiguring corrosion, scratches or dents.
Very Good
VG
All lettering and design features clearly distinguishable, but considerable wear and surface marks evident. High points may be flat through usage.
average circulated
ave
Considerable wear, but quite collectable, especially in complete date sets.
about
a
Denotes not quite, but almost. For example, aUnc is significantly better than EF but not quite Unc.
good
g
Denotes better than. For example, gEF is better than EF but not quite aUnc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Banknotes

Grading
Abbreviation
Detailed explanation
Crisp flat uncirculated
CFU
Absolutely flawless original condition as received from the mint.
Uncirculated
Unc
Never used in circulation. No wear, soiling or significant blemishes. May show a very minor crinkle or corner rounding due to handling at the bank or in collections. Typical is the 'teller flick' common to brand new notes obtained from retail banks.
Unc with a fold
Ufold
Not used in circulation. No blemishes other than a centre fold resulting from the once common bank teller practice of releasing new notes in bundles of ten secured with an elastic band.
Extremely Fine
EF
Close to uncirculated, but probably taken out of circulation after some handling. Will have signs of limited handling but no major flaws.
Very Fine
VF
Generally clean, undamaged and attractive, but signs of significant circulation.
Fine
F
Significant crinkling, folding and some soiling, but free of any seriously disfiguring tears, holes or stains.
Very Good
VG
Very well worn, some soiling and possibly some damage to corners or edges. The lowest collectable grade.
about
a
Denotes not quite, but almost. For example, aUnc is significantly better than EF but not quite Unc.
good
g
Denotes better than. For example, gEF is better than EF but not quite aUnc.