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NGC

NGC Coin Grading Scale

NGC uses the internationally accepted Sheldon grading scale of 1 to 70, which was first used in the United States in the late 1940s. This scale was adopted by NGC when it began operations in 1987 and is considered to be the industry standard. Below are NGC’s grading standards for each numeric grade as well as major strike types and designations.

Strike Characters

 

In addition to grade, other attributes of a coins condition, quality of manufacture and appearance are described by NGC. These include strike characters and designations.

A strike character most often describes how well an area of a coin was struck, and is used when this information is of specific interest to collectors. For example, Mercury Dimes are described with the notation FB for Full Bands which immediately follows the grade when, on the reverse of the coin, the central bands on the fasces are fully split. A number of similar strike characters are employed by NGC.

A designation usually indicates something about the appearance of the coin. For example, NGC describes Proof coins (coins struck for presentation or display purposes) that display contrast between the central devices and the field area as being CAMEO. This is one of the many designations used by NGC. Some special designations indicate when a coin was minted. For example, NGC uses the special designation FIRST DAY OF MINTAGE for Presidential Dollars received for certification on their official day of release or by overnight courier on the day immediately following. More information about this type of designation can be found on the Early Release Designation portion of this website.

A comprehensive list of strike characters and special designations follows.

CENSUS

LABEL

DESCRIPTION

APPLICABLE COIN TYPES

(how the strike character appears in the NGC Census)

(how the strike character appears on the NGC label)

(a verbal description of the strike character)

(the types of coins to which it applies)

5DP

5FS DPL

Five Full Steps, Deep Prooflike

Jefferson Nickels Only

5FS

5FS

Five Full Steps

Jefferson Nickels Only

5PL

5FS PL

Five Full Steps, Prooflike

Jefferson Nickels Only

6DP

6FS DPL

Six Full Steps, Deep Prooflike

Jefferson Nickels Only

6FS

6FS

Six Full Steps

Jefferson Nickels Only

6PL

6FS PL

Six Full Steps, Prooflike

Jefferson Nickels Only

BN

BN

Brown

All Copper Coins, Mint State and Proof

BNB

BN BRILLIANT

Brown, Brilliant

Proof Copper Coins

BNC

BN CAMEO

Brown, Cameo

Proof Copper Coins

BND

BN DPL

Brown, Deep Prooflike

Mint State Copper Coins

BNM

BN MATTE

Brown, Matte

Proof Copper Coins

BNP

BN PL

Brown, Prooflike

Mint State Copper Coins

BNS

BN SATIN

Brown, Satin

Proof Copper Coins

BNU

BN ULTRA CAMEO

Brown, Ultra Cameo

Proof Copper Coins

CA

CAMEO

Cameo

All Proof Coins

DFM

DPL FIRST DAY OF MINTAGE

Deep Prooflike, First Day of Mintage

Presidential $1 Coins Only

DME

DPL MINT ERROR

Deep Prooflike, Mint Error

Mint errors

DPL

DPL

Deep Prooflike

All Mint State Coins, esp. Morgan Dollars

EH

ENHANCED FINISH

Enhanced Finish

Modern Coins Only

EHD

DPL ENHANCED FINISH

Enhanced Finish, Deep Prooflike

Modern Coins Only

EHP

PL ENHANCED FINISH

Enhanced Finish, Prooflike

Modern Coins Only

EPF

ENHANCED REV PF

Enhanced Finish, Reverse Proof

Modern Coins Only

FB

FB

Full Bands

Mercury Dimes Only

FBD

FB DPL

Full Bands, Deep Prooflike

Mercury Dimes Only

FBL

FBL

Full Bell Lines

Franklin Half Dollars Only

FBP

FB PL

Full Bands, Prooflike

Mercury Dimes Only

FD

FIRST DAY OF ISSUE

First Day of Issue

Presidential $1 Coins Only

FDD

DPL FIRST DAY OF ISSUE

Deep Prooflike, First Day of Issue

Presidential $1 Coins Only

FDP

PL FIRST DAY OF ISSUE

Prooflike, First Day of Issue

Presidential $1 Coins Only

FH

FH

Full Head

Standing Liberty Quarters Only

FHD

FH DPL

Full Head, Deep Prooflike

Standing Liberty Quarters Only

FHP

FH PL

Full Head, Prooflike

Standing Liberty Quarters Only

FLD

FBL DPL

Full Bell Lines, Deep Prooflike

Franklin Half Dollars Only

FLP

FBL PL

Full Bell Lines, Prooflike

Franklin Half Dollars Only

FM

FIRST DAY OF MINTAGE

First Day of Mintage

Coins in US Mint Covers, so designated

FT

FT

Full Torch

Roosevelt Dimes Only

FTD

FT DPL

Full Torch, Deep Prooflike

Roosevelt Dimes Only

FTP

FT PL

Full Torch, Prooflike

Roosevelt Dimes Only

MA

MATTE

Matte

Used Infrequently

ME

MINT ERROR

Mint Error

Mint errors

PFM

PL FIRST DAY OF MINTAGE

Prooflike, First Day of Mintage

Presidential $1 Coins Only

PL

PL

Prooflike

All Mint State Coins, esp. Morgan Dollars

PME

PL MINT ERROR

Prooflike, Mint Error

Mint errors

RB

RB

Red Brown

All Copper Coins, Mint State and Proof

RBB

RB BRILLIANT

Red Brown, Brilliant

Proof Copper Coins

RBC

RB CAMEO

Red Brown, Cameo

Proof Copper Coins

RBD

RB DPL

Red Brown, Deep Prooflike

Mint State Copper Coins

RBM

RB MATTE

Red Brown, Matte

Proof Copper Coins

RBP

RB PL

Red Brown, Prooflike

Mint State Copper Coins

RBS

RB SATIN

Red Brown, Satin

Proof Copper Coins

RBU

RB ULTRA CAMEO

Red Brown, Ultra Cameo

Proof Copper Coins

RD

RD

Red

All Copper Coins, Mint State and Proof

RDB

RD BRILLIANT

Red, Brilliant

Proof Copper Coins

RDC

RD CAMEO

Red, Cameo

Proof Copper Coins

RDD

RD DPL

Red, Deep Prooflike

Mint State Copper Coins

RDM

RD MATTE

Red, Matte

Proof Copper Coins

RDP

RD PL

Red, Proof Like

Mint State Copper Coins

RDS

RD SATIN

Red, Satin

Proof Copper Coins

RDU

RD ULTRA CAMEO

Red, Ultra Cameo

Proof Copper Coins

RFD

RD FIRST DAY OF ISSUE

Red, First Day of Issue

Modern Coins Only

RY

RELEASE CEREMONY

Release Ceremony

Modern Coins Only

RFY

RD RELEASE CEREMONY

Red, Release Ceremony

Modern Coins Only

SA

SATIN

Satin

Used Infrequently

UC

ULTRA CAMEO

Ultra Cameo

All Proof Coins