Every collector and dealer is proficient with grading old coins. It is one of the key steps in determining an accurate value. The denomination and series of your old coin (ex. Morgan Dollar) along with its date and mintmark (ex. 1904-O) finds its range of values on the charts. Judging condition and assigning a grade pinpoints how much your coin is worth - accurately.
Highlighted above is an old penny as an example, notice the separated lines in the wheat stalk. It is these subtle points and others, necessary to judge condition and arrive at a grade. Videos along with enhanced images and descriptions cover grading old coins in detail.
Indian Head Penny: Compare your penny to the close-up images in the video. You are looking for the presence of fine details in the headdress and hair curls. Between the "good" grade and the "extremely fine" grade are small but important points of judgment that truly affect value.
Lincoln Wheat Cent: Last year of issue was 1958; these are now becoming very old coins. In today's market they are still plentiful (many were saved), however the ones in above average condition are gaining value and collectible status. Crisp and well detailed wheat stalks on the reverse indicates potential. Points of interest are highlighted to help judge the condition of your old Lincoln pennies.
Shield Nickel: Popular with today's collector because of their status as the "first of" nickel alloy five cent US coin. Grading the condition of Shield nickels involves both considering the amount of wear to the intricate design and weak striking problems the coins often display. Fine horizontal and vertical lines remaining with-in the shield sets your coin apart from most.
Liberty Nickel: Often these old nickels are heavily worn, making accurate grading necessary. Today however there is a strong market and interest in the higher grade Liberty nickels. Examples are notable if hair and wreath details are present. Key points to higher grades are small and close up judgement is needed.
Buffalo Nickel: Popular and closely inspected for condition is the value market of Buffalo nickels. Keen eyes are often needed just to see the date. Other elements of the design such as the level of detail showing in Buffalo's horn are key to grade and value. Time spend judging condition often pays dividends.
Jefferson Nickel: With a little time and a close-up look at your coins. Judging the difference between circulated and Mint State Jefferson nickels becomes eaiser. It is where the value difference accrues. Attention is given to the steps necessary determining the Uncirculated (Mint State) grade. A magnifying glass 5x power is helpful.
Walking Liberty Half Dollar: Popular today with collectors, a deliberate effort grading the condition of your old half dollar often discovers something special.
It is possible to accurately grade these coins yourself. Small changes in the amount of wear, once described, are soon recognizable and your expertise quickly improves.
Date and mintmark are important - and now you can decide condition as part of an accurate appraisal.
Franklin Half Dollar: In the grading video - watch closely the difference between an "uncirculated" and "about uncirculated" half dollar.
It is these two grades that separate the higher value coins, with the uncirculated coin at the top of the value charts. Specific areas of the obverse and reverse of your coins are highlighted to make the distinction.
Coin Values Discovery pulls together... Grading Old Coins and...
It is an excellent index with images and text links to all coin series, from Cents to Gold. Value charts combined with the Grading Old Coins Video Series discovers the common to rare found in your box of old coins.