PLUS & STAR DESIGNATIONS


The NGC coin grading scale is an efficient tool for communicating information about a coin’s condition. Precise numerical gradations make it extremely accurate and concise. There are times, however, when a coin will benefit from an additional description that cannot fully be encompassed by numerical grade alone. NGC uses two important symbols that, when applicable, appear after the numerical grade in order to describe the coin in greater detail. They are the plus and the star.

Plus Designation

NGC assigns a to coins at the high end of their assigned grade, approaching the quality requirements for the next grade. In addition to their superior technical merit, coins receiving a plus designation must have above-average eye appeal.

For example, a coin graded NGC MS 64 is close to the quality of a coin graded NGC MS 65. The is synonymous with the term "PQ" or "Premium Quality."

Not all coins are eligible for . Coins grading from XF 45 to MS 68 or PF 45 to PF 68 may receive a , while lower- and higher-grade coins cannot. The is assigned to United States coins from 1792 to date except bullion issues and modern commemoratives struck 1982 to date.

Coins are automatically evaluated for during grading when submitted under the Economy, Early Bird, Gold Rush, Specialty Gold, Express and WalkThrough tiers. All on-site and CrossOver grading submissions are also automatically evaluated for . There is no designation review service for . Coins must be submitted for grading to receive this designation.

Star Designation

NGC assigns a to coins with exceptional eye appeal for their assigned grade.

Eye appeal is the most subjective attribute of a coin, but there are norms and standards shared by numismatists. Exceptional eye appeal may include attributes such as vibrant, colorful toning; intense luster; or, in the case of Proof coins, especially strong cameo contrast. To receive a , coins must be free of any obvious planchet irregularities, and display no bothersome spots or blemishes. Toned coins can be of a single color or multicolored but cannot have any areas that are dark brown, approaching black.

It’s important to remember that designated coins can fall anywhere within the grades to which they are assigned. For example, an MS 64-graded coin could be at the lower end, mid-range or higher end of that grade.

NGC applies the to qualifying coins in its normal course of grading. As they are already of the ultimate grade, any coin graded MS 70 or PF 70 will not be eligible for the . Coins already certified by NGC can be resubmitted and reviewed for using the Designation Review Service.



Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is ?

A. NGC assigns a to coins at the high end of their assigned grade, approaching the quality requirements for the next grade. In addition to their superior technical merit, coins receiving a plus designation must have above-average eye appeal.

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Q. If I have coins already graded by NGC, can I have them reviewed for ?

A. To be evaluated for , coins already graded by NGC must be submitted for ReGrade using the Economy, Early Bird, Gold Rush, Specialty Gold, Express and WalkThrough tiers.

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Q. How much does it cost to have a coin evaluated for ?

A. Coins are automatically evaluated for during the course of regular grading and there is no additional fee.

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Q. How do I submit for ?

A. Any coin submitted for Economy, Early Bird, Gold Rush, Specialty Gold, Express and WalkThrough tiers are automatically evaluated for during grading. Additionally, all on-site grading submissions are evaluated for .

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Q. Which coins are eligible for ?

A. United States coins from 1792 to 1964 in the grades of XF 45 to MS 68 (or PF 45 to PF 68) are eligible for a if they are at the high end of their grade range.

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Q. Can I get a on a CrossOver grading submission?

A. CrossOver grading submissions are automatically evaluated for during grading. If a coin is eligible and meets requirements, it will receive a . As always, it is not possible to request a higher grade than the grade already assigned to a coin on a crossover submission. If a coin has already been designated with by another service, the same grade can be requested as a minimum grade for CrossOver. Additionally, a lower grade can be requested as a CrossOver minimum grade.

Examples:

If a coin is graded MS 65, the highest minimum CrossOver graded request is MS 65. MS 65 cannot be requested.

If a coin is graded MS 65, submitter can request MS 64, and the coin will cross if it grades MS 64 or higher.

If a coin already graded MS 65 is submitted for crossover, the highest acceptable minimum grade request is MS 65.

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Q. How does NGC’s differ from ?

A. The identifies coins at the high end of the assigned grade. The identifies coins with exceptional eye appeal that distinguishes them from other coins of the same technical grade, but may or may not have superior technical merit.

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Q. Do coins already graded with a automatically receive the ?

A. and designations identify different merits of the coin. Therefore, a coin does not automatically earn a .

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Q. Is it possible for a coin to receive both a and a ?

A. Yes, it is possible for a coin to receive both designations, provided it meets the requirements for each.

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Q. Do and coins receive additional points in the NGC Registry?

A. Each and coin receives a bonus equal to one-third of the additional points given to a coin of the next higher grade. Coins that have received both a and a receive a bonus of two-thirds of the additional points given to a coin of the next higher grade.

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Q. Where can I find population figures for and coins?

A. Population figures for these coins are reported in the online NGC Census.

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