As collecting coins became increasingly popular during the 1900’s the condition of a coin along with its rarity, became essential in determining the coins value, as is still very much the case today among investors.

Graded coins are nearly always more valuable than ungraded coins, especially unprotected coins vulnerable to the elements. Ungraded coins have no guarantee of grade, condition and even authenticity. Graded coins are certified by a professional grading company and assigned a grade between 1 and 70, 1 being poor, barely identifiable through 70, mint state perfect with no microscopic flaws.