Conditions of Coins
||Proof coins usually have a mirror-like field and are at
least double-struck on specially prepared planchets using highly polished
dies. On some, the raised parts of the design have a frosted effect.
||Uncirculated coins must show no visible signs of wear or
handling. Bag marks may be present.
fine. With light overall wear on the coin's
highest points. About 95% of the original detail visible. Mint lustre is
usually seen only in protected areas of the coin's surface.
fine. With moderate wear over the entire coin. About
75% of the original detail still visible but the letters and raised parts
of the design may be partly worn. Entire design is sharp overall.
||Fine coins will show considerable wear overall. About 50% of
the original detail visible. All lettering weak but visible.
Good. Well worn. About 25% of the original detail still
visible. Most fine details such as hair strands, leaf veins, and so on are
worn nearly smooth.
Conditions of Paper Money
||Uncirculated - A perfectly preserved note without evidence
of any fold or handling, Paper is clean and firm, without discoloration,
Corners are sharp and square. An uncirculated note will have its original,
- A note with light handling. May have
maximum of three light folds or one strong crease. Paper is clean and
bright with original sheen. Corners may be only slightly rounded.
||Very fine - A note with more evidence of handling and wear.
May have several folds, traces of dirt or some colour smudging. The edges
show slight wear but no tear. Paper is still relatively crisp and not
||Fine - A note showing considerable circulation with many
folds, creases and wrinkles. Edges may show much handling, with minor
tears but here will be no centre hole because of excessive folding. Colors
are clear but not very bright. Paper is somewhat dirty and limp. Overall
appearance is still desirable.
||Very Good - A well used note, damaged and soiled but still
intact. There may be rounded corners, edge tears, creases, stains,
discoloration and centre hole but no piece of the note can be missing.