DETAILS GRADING SCALE
NGC Details Grade coins each receive a Details Grade that accords with the amount of detail remaining on the coin. Coins lose detail as the result of wear, which is metal loss that occurs during circulation. For that reason, Details Grades are sometimes referred to as “wear grades.”
The value of a Details Grade coin is never determined by its grade alone. The severity and location of the detrimental surface condition is often just as important as the Details Grade when determining value. A Details Grade can give a strong indication of what a coin may look like and is a fundamental component of the equation when determining both condition and value. The following describes the Details Grades that are assigned by NGC.
UNC DETAILS (Uncirculated)
A coin that shows no wear or evidence of circulation.
AU DETAILS (About Uncirculated)
Traces of light wear are evident on the high points of the coin’s design.
XF DETAILS (Extremely Fine)
Design features are well defined, although light wear is evident throughout.
VF DETAILS (Very Fine)
Major details of the coin are clear although wear is evident; the high points show moderate wear.
F DETAILS (Fine)
Moderate wear on many elements with heavy wear on high points. The major design elements remain visible.
VG DETAILS (Very Good)
Heavy wear flattens design elements, although major features are clearly outlined.
G DETAILS (Good)
Design details are flat and visible in outline. Some portions of the design may be faint.
AG DETAILS (About Good)
Design details are flat and appear in outline. Portions of the rim are lost to wear.
FA DETAILS (Fair)
Coin is identifiable, design is flat and visible in outline, and rim is essentially indistinguishable from coin fields.
PR DETAILS (Poor)
Heavily worn; only basal detail remains.