Definition: The grade AG-3. The grade for a coin that is just below good. On an About Good coin, only the main features of it are present. Date, mintmark, peripheral lettering, or other features sometimes are partially worn away.
Definition: Alternate term for Almost Uncirculated.
Definition: Areas of a coin where another coin or a foreign object has displaced metal in an abraded fashion.
Definition: A less severe instance of album slide marks. Album friction shows as slight rubbing on the high points.
Definition: Lines (often parallel) imparted to the surface of a coin by the plastic â€œslideâ€ of an album, mostly found on proof coins.
Definition: A mixture of two or more metals.
Definition: The grades AU50, 53, 55, and 58. These coins often look Uncirculated at first glance, but closer inspection will reveal slight friction or rub.
Definition: A coin that has a date, mintmark, or other feature that has been altered, added, or removed, usually to simulate a rarer issue.
Definition: Cleaning or other impairment that renders a coin less desirable to collectors.
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